Jan McNulty Posted June 11, 2013 Share Posted June 11, 2013 Northern Ballet ended their very successful Spring Season with a mixed programme in the Company's small home theatre at Quarry Hill. It's a lovely experience going to the theatre at Quarry Hill, with it's welcoming atrium reception and public cafe. So the excitement is already present before you even walk into the theatre! This triple bill was a real treat! The evening opened with Mark Godden's Angels in the Architecture. Using Copeland's Appalachian Spring this ballet is an evocation of the simple life of the Shakers. It features the use of brooms and chairs as well as using the skirts of the ladies as props! It is for 6 couples and there are various groupings with both humour and pathos. The choreography is lyrical and attractive. After the first interval we saw premier dancer Kenny Tindall's new work Luminous Junc.ture. What can I say - slow-paced, lyrical, sensual, powerful and incredibly moving. I was completely blown away by this piece - I just didn't want it to end! The piece starts with a bang (fortunately I was warned before hand!). It is for 8 dancers and the lighting plays an enormous part in the structure of the piece. At one point with the stage in darkness spotlights momentarily highlight dancers posing - when I read what I have just written it doesn't really sound very exciting but believe me it was! The final section of the work was just stunning. Charlie Chaplin's "I do not want to be an Emperor" speech from The Great Dictator was overlaid on the music. The dancers banded together into a group and the slow, pack-like movements just seemed married to the speech. It sent tingles down my spine. This was a complex piece that, for me, worked on so many levels. Kenny's choreography is abstract and modern and I believe he has an enormous talent for choreography. There were 2 casts and he knows all the dancers well so the performances were just breath-taking. All the dancers were brilliant but I must mention Victoria Sibson's truly outstanding performance. The evening ended with Hans Van Manen's Concertante, another modern masterpiece for eight dancers. The duets were both flirtatious and aggressive. It looked wonderful on Northern Ballet. Again, unfair to pick anyone out but Lori Gilchrist and Jeremy Curnier stood out for me in different casts. It was a stimulating and thought provoking triple bill and a great way to end Northern Ballet's Spring Season. I'm already suffering from withdrawal symptoms! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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