Artistic Director: Sharon Watson
Reviewer: Robin Winters
Internationally acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre certainly win the prize for most set and props on the Waterfront Stage so far at this year’s Latitude; with screens for wardrobe changes, crates, cases, boxes, washing lines and a sofa all being hauled onto the platform before the performance begins.
By way of commemorating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first large migration of Carribean nationals over to the UK on voluntary service to help repair the country after the war, the company tell the story of a small group of nationals who decide to make the journey to the UK.
Exploring initial reactions to the arrival of ‘blacks’ and eventual acceptance and integration into UK culture, the dancers fluidly weave around each other across the stage combining props with movement and displaying sublime synchronicity throughout.
The whole company display impeccable talent as they sway their way through the calypso/jazz-infused mix of music and the control in the lifts and leaps as the pairs of dancers intertwine is outstanding.
Despite a couple of moments where it is felt the point of the scene gets dragged out a little, on the whole, the piece is expertly crafted and spins a poignant yarn respectfully.
Reviewed on 14 July 2018 | Image: Contributed