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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Boyz - George Piper Dances
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:11 am 
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"Shall we do that bit again?" cuts in a woman's voice. "You know, that bit where I do this and you hold me here?" It's what you'd expect at a rehearsal. But this comes 10 minutes into an opening night at Sadler's Wells, midway through Approximate Sonata, I, V, a duet by Europe's leading ballet innovator William Forsythe. In a trice the spell, painstakingly worked by the choreography, is broken. The two prowling protagonists no longer seem like visitors from Planet Zog. They are just ordinary people doing a job.

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Boyz - George Piper Dances
PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:19 am 
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George Piper Dances
By Zoe Anderson for The Independent

This bill gets its four stars for Christopher Wheeldon's Mesmerics. In two years, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt have commissioned a lot of new dances, and this is the best I've seen. Nunn and Trevitt are the Ballet Boyz, made famous by their television video diaries, and they use that celebrity to win audiences for a hardworking dance company specialising in small-scale pieces by living choreographers. Here, their programme is a mixed bag, but the Wheeldon really works.

Mesmerics is a highly patterned ballet, all echoes and reflections. Its Philip Glass score is full of repetitions, too, but Wheeldon doesn't follow them; his fluid dance sits on the pulse of the music, not its building-block phrases.

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