James Brown steps out
By John Percival for The Independent
Robert Garland's piece Return, an inspired dance interpretation of terrific recordings by James Brown and Aretha Franklin, is one of the liveliest and most enjoyable new ballets to reach London in quite a time. It forms the climax of the Harlem Dance Theatre's second programme for the British tour.
What a pleasure it is to be introduced to a gifted new choreographer. Like Garland's New Bach on opening night, Return shows the dancers rewardingly in a mixture of classical style and modern twists, but this time with a different balance.
In Brown's song "Super Bad" Donald Williams delivers a perfect smiling imitation of a hip-swinging rock star, going straight into that from an impressive series of showpiece pirouettes; others among the men mingle ballet steps and breakdance virtuosity. click for more
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