"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
IT'S YOUR TURN !
YOUR TURN !
Dance Theatre at Brentwood Theatre
Brentwood arm of Essex Dance Theatre – no run-of-the-mill dance
school – gave an impressive end-of-year showcase in Brentwood
small stage was well used, though clearly a larger space would have
been easier for the dozens of dancers. I was impressed with the
costumes, some thriftily recycled from past shows, and with the
amazing variety of styles represented.
younger performers were given just as much prominence: a cutely
inventive Little Girls, teddy bears for tap, Kermit the frog [a
superbly amusing routine, this; we critics at
the back were delighted to hear Stadtler and Waldorf at the end]
and gossamer scarves for Part Of Your World.
fearless grisettes did an ambitious Galop, followed immediately by a
riot of psychedelia for Austin Powers. I loved Kim Bradshaw's
interpretation of Shine Your Shoes – a real production number –
and her Charleston, with lovely flapper dresses and grey shoes.
Rhiannon Munston-Hobbs, ex EDT student, contributed several numbers,
including a brilliant That Man, to the music of Dutch jazz diva Caro
Emerald. Kate Tozer choreographed a scintillating number to Leona
Lewis's Collide, Jane Ben-Aderet a coolly classical piece to Bach,
and a classy oriental number.
finale saw the flappers joined by scores of Union Flags, jazz hands
and exuberant bows to a well-deserved ovation.