Jan McNulty Posted March 27, 2013 Share Posted March 27, 2013 Ballet Central were at the Lowry on Monday evening (25th March). There are three excellent reasons for going to see Ballet Central - the opportunity to see the potential stars of the future, new choreography and, of course, Philip Feeney. Monday evening did not disappoint on any count. To give the dancers maximum opportunity and to show off various styles the programme is always choc full of shorter pieces and, indeed, we saw 8 pieces in this performance. The evening started with a new work by Kenneth Tindall (a leading dancer with Northern Ballet), with music by Philip Feeney. The piece is for three men and three women. I suppose I would describe the style as "edgy" for the most part but there are some sculpted poses and a nice lyrical pdd. I very much enjoyed this piece and it was a great evening opener. Next up was the Fireside pdd from Christopher Gable's Cinderella. I always find this duet incredibly moving and it tells the story so beautifully. The move where the Prince throws off his jacket and tells Cinderella that he is an ordinary man is the point where I normally dissolve into blubber and Monday was no exception! Alice Laidler was increbibly expressive as Cinderella, the tiniest gesture took on meaning - she really quite took my breath away. Her Prince was Joshua Earl - a tall elegant dancer. For me, they were very well matched in this duet. This was followed by Love on Top choreographed by Stacey Haynes - a jazzy number that would grace the stage of a West End Musical and danced with verve and panache by the 6 dancers. A classical duet by Resmi Malko followed - Vocalise - well danced by Giulia Pazzaglia and Thomas Edwards. The final piece before the first interval was Insinuare by Leanne King and Sara Matthews - a flowing contemporary piece that showed the 11 dancers off to excellent effect. Part 2 started with the uber-classical Florestan pas de trois from Sleeping Beauty. I thought the three dancers - Giulia Pzzaglia, Abigail Stopher and Thomas Edwards were terrific in this testing classical piece. Then onto Darshan Singh Bhuller's Maping #3, which was a piece of 2 halves. The first was contemporary, flowing and exciting and then the second half was absolutely ingenious. The dancers were lying on the floor and a camera showed the film of them moving on a screen at the back of the stage which made them look as though they were upright. It was tremedous fun! Part 3 had one work - Christopher Marney's anon. This was about a girl who day-dreamed her books to life and gave the company an opportunity to show their acting skills - and in that they were definitely not lacking! Bethany Pike was a delight as the Girl and Lee Hoy has enormous fun as the Postman. All the dancers performed with gusto and it was a fun way to end the evening. This is a great programme showcasing young dancers on the verge of a professional career. Go and see it if you can! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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