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. click for more