9 May 2008


Me and The Mother went to see the visual spectacular that is Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (AKA Balletboyz) last night. It was their Greatest Hits show; two of their most fabulous works – Russell Maliphant’s Broken Fall and Christopher Wheeldon’s Mesmerics; the world premier of an adapted version of Bonachela’s AmOx originally danced by Oxana Pachenko and Amy Hollingsworth – now called EdOx and danced by Oxana and Edward Watson (guesting from the Royal) with a brand new score by Ezio Bosso; and a new tango created by non other than Craig Revel Horwood (of Strictly Come Dancing fame) called Yumba vs. Nonino

There is a great clip of Mesmerics on the sadlers wells website which you should watch. Now… Watch it. Hit the link, hit the click and watch it now! If you thought ballet was all about hair nets and jockstraps, think again my friend, think again...

Of all the ballet I’ve seen so far this year – and there’s some damn good stuff in that list - Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Black, Northern Ballet – this has by far been the best. Those boyz are just superb. So graceful, so strong, so dramatic, so haunting. They just take your breath away and leave you gasping for more.

Unfortunately the run ends tomorrow so if you don’t have tickets already you really are screwed…although the boyz take the tour on the road later this year – check out their website for details.

Oh ps. I shared my tube journey home with guest artist Malgorzata Dzierzon (on loan from the Rambert) who performs in Mesmerics. She was kind and patient enough to sign my ticket. She is tiny and strikingly beautiful in “real life”. I love her a little bit more now.

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