George Piper at the gates of a new dawn
By Jann Parry for The Observer
George Piper Dances
Sadler's Wells, London EC1
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the callow Ballet Boyz, have come of age within two years of launching their own company. They started George Piper Dances (after their middle names) with limited resources but lots of goodwill. They have rapidly proved their case that audiences will indeed welcome a daring modern ballet ensemble that presents itself with a sense of humour.
Their signature device of larky video links to demystify choreography has become increasingly skilful. At Sadler's Wells, video images were screened across the entire proscenium, giving the five dancers time to breathe and change between each piece.
The latest programme, which GPD take on their first American tour, includes three premieres of works by William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon and Cathy Marston. click for more
****************************** Calling the tune
George Piper Dances were in fabulous form at Sadler’s Wells, proving that the boldness of the Ballet Boyz is paying off. By David Dougill for The Sunday Times.
It is just two years since the former Royal Ballet dancers William Trevitt and Michael Nunn launched their innovative company George Piper Dances (it takes its title from their middle names), and their enterprise goes from strength to strength. The latest programme, at Sadler’s Wells last week, included new commissioned works — one of them, Mesmerics, by Christopher Wheeldon, a real stunner — and a reprise of one of their signature successes, all juxtaposed with jokey but revealing “home videos” about creating choreography and hectic life on tour, which Trevitt and Nunn have made a trademark since their Ballet Boyz television documentaries. click for more