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Rock The Ballet (Assembly with Mel Howard and Collien Konzert)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

We are warned at the beginning of the show, “This is not your average dance performance.” And it’s true to some extent; the show mixes music from the likes of Queen and Michael Jackson with varied physical styles in an attempt to cover all tastes. Balletic traditions are cleverly fused with elements from contemporary, jazz and hip-hop, all performed with aplomb by the impressively talented troupe. However, as a whole, the pieces seem unconnected and lack depth. The sole female dancer is overwhelmed in the face of the brazen masculinity dominating the show, and there’s a particularly unforgivable piece involving inflatable sex-dolls and opera. Overall, the choice of music grates with the sophisticated talent of these dancers.

Assembly Hall, 4 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 6.00pm (7.00pm), £14.00 – £20.00, fpp175.
tw rating 3/5