Directors: Jenna Lee and Marlon Wallen
Reviewer: Lauren Rare
Flawless and the English National Ballet seemed like an unlikely combination and it was hard to imagine how the successful street-dancing troupe and the world renowned classical ballerinas could have anything in common. However, these key ingredients in this ambitious project proved to be an electric combination.
The show is a non-stop, high-octane performance in all aspects. It would be invidious to try and single out individuals for particular mention as the entire company were excellent and seemed to really be enjoying themselves. Full credit must go to the artistic directors and choreographers; Jenna Lee and Marlon Wallen who have created this vibrant show. Combinations of street dance solos and balletic routines were intermingled with collaborative pieces fusing both dance styles together with real passion and energy.
A paper-thin plot tried to tie the action together as four high school students battled against the evil professor’s plot to alter the path of time. Danilo Walde’s pulsating soundtrack of well-known songs such as ‘Roxanne’, ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, in addition to specifically composed music, led to a party atmosphere in the theatre as the enraptured audience grooved along.
David Gardener’s stunning computer-generated backdrops were entertaining in their own right and did not detract from the dancers but enhanced the action and added another dimension to the show. The costumes, masterminded by Whizzy Shawyer, were incredible. Changed in almost every scene, they were a riot of colour, individual style and sparkle, courtesy of the Swarovski crystals.
If you are looking for an evening of high-brow theatre with a complex plot and well developed characters, this may be best avoided. If, however, you are hoping for a fun, innovative and dazzling dance performance which will leave you feeling energised, then book your tickets now!