Choreographers: Kristen McNally &Daniela Cardim
Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Nicole Evans
It is the turn of the New English Ballet Theatre to take their place on the Sadler’s Wells’ Waterfront stage at Latitude. Selling themselves on their inclusion and promotion of female choreographers, they present three pieces in an attempt to showcase their talents.
The first, Lonesome Gun; a raunchy piece inspired by American Westerns, doesn’t set the ballet bar very high. Slightly sloppy timing lets it down primarily, but an odd music choice and disjointed background theme also leaves us a little bewildered as to what we had just watched.
Wundarra, although with no story to speak of, showcases some great talent with a pas de deux. An on pointe prima with attitude and some beautifully choreographed lifts and leaps intertwining themselves with Latin-American undertones reignites confidence in this new ‘neo-classical’ company.
Mad Women is the third and final offering, with tarted up 1950s housewives proving the company can indeed raise the bar high. Although not at all traditional, classical tones seep through the contemporary twists as the group move together in unison and leave us feeling sure New English Ballet Theatre are certainly one to watch.
The potential for success shone in reflection to the festival sunshine bouncing off the lake on this occasion. Sadler’s Wells strikes again.