Choreographer: Botis Sava
Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Nicole Evans
Far from a Latitude virgin, Sadler’s Wells return to their yearly home on The Waterfront Stage ready to showcase new talent, explore new themes and wow the audience surrounding them on either side of the lake.
With the performers, all dressed in tracksuits and football tops, entering from behind the crowd, weaving through and interacting as they go, it’s a lively and promising start to Far From The Norm’s H.O.H. Immediately bringing all of the attitude we’ve come to expect and impressing their eager audience with perfectly timed hip-hop footwork, the company cannot be faulted on their energy or musicality. Embracing a diverse range of music and movement they pack a powerful punch as their seamless sea of unity flows across the stage, managing to involve spectators from all angles.
Sadly, as hard as the dancers try, the concept of the production is lost, seeming to try and forge relationships between sport and politics that just aren’t there. Although the performance is impressive and memorable in nature, the intended message just doesn’t quite shine through, with the two themes existing side-by-side as separate entities, as opposed to intertwining as a harmonious relationship.
A few topical references to Brexit and Dodgy Dave sells the theme to a good few, but it isn’t quite enough to let the memory live on as we’d hoped it might.
With plenty more on offer from Sadler’s Wells as the weekend goes on, the only way is up.