UNITED WE DANCE
Essex Dance Theatre Brentwood at Brentwood Theatre
An amazingly varied programme of dance from this unique dance project.
The three performing groups, plus specialist off-shoots, changed styles and costumes with seamless ease, producing a showcase that was hugely enjoyable to watch. Twenty-three numbers all told, so we can only select a handful.
A lively, witty Mamma Mia, danced in colourful costumes. A charmingly old-fashioned I Could Have Danced All Night.
An excellent tap duo to “Cups”, perversely, since the number is already so percussive.
Some choreography winners, including Alice Andrews with a beautifully expressive piece, especially in the use of the hands, and in first place, Francesca Gomez with an extended piece to Radioactive.
A wonderfully cute tap-dancing Tiptoe Through The Tulips, with luminous blooms.
Particularly imaginative choreography to When She Loved Me from Toy Story, beginning as marionettes and ending in an evocative spiral effect which was quite magical.
A stageful of little sweeps, a well-drilled, thunderous Irish number, and a Cats finale which involved the whole company in feline teeshirts.
The costumes throughout were simple but striking – black tutus, gingham, patterned prints for The Two Tribes.
The dances were devised by Jane Ben-Aderet, Jessica Bradshaw, Kim Bradshaw, Nicole Carman, Helen Cridland and Rhiannon Munson-Hobbs.
Archive photograph by Clare Rowden