Dance Review: BalletBoyz Come Together In Sympathetic Unison

BalletBoyz - Them/Us ★★★★☆

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Dance Review: BalletBoyz Come Together In Sympathetic Unison BalletBoyz - Them/Us 4
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Since rebooting a decade ago with a cast of younger male dancers, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt's BalletBoyz have worked with a slew of exciting choreographers from the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance. This double bill introduces a new work created in collaboration with the company dancers themselves.

The broad theme of the evening is community and its counterparts. Them finds the cast of six excellent dancers coming together in sympathetic unison, sharing ingenious choreographed handshakes, and occasionally framed by an isolating metal cube that severs one or two of the group from the rest in a strong visual metaphor that stays just the right side of being laboured.

Us, an expanded version of a duet created by Christopher Wheeldon for the company in 2017, reflects a loose theme of support, dancers shifting and sharing weight in pairs and larger groups. The ensemble dissolves into an emotive, fluid duet that speaks of real intimacy, the community of the ensemble giving way to the unity of two.

Them/Us, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN, £15-£50, 5-9 March then touring

Last Updated 07 March 2019