BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days
Sadler’s Wells, London ★★★★☆
NO ONE could accuse Craig Revel Horwood of minimalism. Strictly’s resident Mr Mean packs a deconstructed paso doble, a chorus line, a nod to Riverdance and a slave master in a spangly red jacket into The Indicator Line, the short piece he’s created for the latest BalletBoyz programme. That’s a lot to cram into nine breathless minutes.
An autobiography on fast-forward, The Indicator Line made for a testosterone-pumped finale to a quartet of short works created by top choreographers for the first half.
A full-on collision between Revel Horwood’s showbiz roots and his contemporary leanings, it played like a trailer for a blockbuster movie. It needed more light and shade or, Strictly speaking, more rise and fall.
Still, the Strictly judge, more used to dishing out criticism than receiving it, deserves credit for mixing it in the company of top talent Christopher Wheeldon, Javier de Frutos and Iván Pérez, who all took on the task of creating a new work in 14 days.
To make things even more heavyweight, the second half is a golden chance to catch the Boyz on top form, reviving Russell Maliphant’s Fallen, one of the modern master’s finest works.
De Frutos took the challenging theme of ‘balance’ to heart, creating a work on a seesaw; Pérez sends the dancers skipping in circles like fairground horses; but the undoubted highlight is Wheeldon’s Us, a stripped-back duet set to a beautiful score by Keaton Henson.
Here was proof that less is more, the dancers entwined with each other and the aching string-laden music creating images that lingered long after the curtain call.
At Sadler’s Wells until Saturday. BalletBoyz then tour the UK until December 2. balletboyz.com
Three more dance shows to catch
Carlos Acosta (below) takes his Cuba-based company on tour. The Lowry, Salford, tonight until Saturday, tours to Nov 11. acostadanza.com
Rip It Up
Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith in a 1950s-flavoured jive and jitterbug romp. Victoria Theatre, Halifax tonight; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester tomorrow, tour to Oct 22. ticketmaster.co.uk
Cirque Eloize: Saloon
It’s high kicks and flouncy skirts as dance and circus mix in the Wild West. Peacock, London, until Oct 21. peacocktheatre.com