This dance company certainly delivers on its promise of exuberant, athletic dancing. It’s a large company of virtuoso dancers with nearly twice as many males as females in its line-up. Most of the handsome dancers displayed superb classical techniques, with some having danced principal roles in major classical companies and others excel in contemporary dance.
The choreographers, Australian Aaron Cash and Cuban, Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, have exploited the best of both genres to devise a dazzling, fast moving program of short works which display the individual athleticism of the dancers. Thrilling solos and duos are sprinkled among the largely ensemble works which dissolved seamlessly from one to another with the dancers seemingly only leaving the stage to change costume.
Their only Canberra performance was given without the advertised live band, but performed to excellent recorded versions of the music of Sia, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Lorde, Jessie J and Rihanna and others. Disappointingly there were no printed programs available, so it’s not possible to report on the individual items, or who danced them. This is a shame, because there are outstanding dancers in this company who should be acknowledged.
Nevertheless, the company received an enthusiastic reception from its Canberra audience. Try and catch them when they come to your city. You will not be disappointed!
Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Performance: Thursday 10 May 2018
Ballet Revolucion will also be presented at the Frankston Arts Centre (16 May) and the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne (17 – 20 May). For more information, visit: www.balletrevolucion.com.au for details.
Image: Ballet Revolución (supplied)
Review: Bill Stephens OAM