Sadly I had another event to attend, so John O’Brien went in my place and wrote this brilliant review:-
For me last night at Richmond Theatre was one of the most exhilarating nights of my life. When can one recognise that one is at the birth of an artistic breakthrough? A moment of innovation? A new paradigm? The arts have their iconic landmarks: James Joyce and the stream of consciousness, Picasso and Cubism, Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism, Samuel Beckett and Boredom, The Beatles and Sargent Pepper. To which I would like to suggest we add BalletBoyz and the joy of movement. With their latest show “Fourteen Days” BalletBoyz are breaking new ground, they are creating a new language. I would call it total bodily expression. They are starting from a blank slate and experimenting. They are testing out what the body can do. In doing so they have freed themselves from the formal boundaries and artificial restrictions of received forms and instead they fearlessly go beyond the boundaries to paraphrase CLR James. Combining dance, tap, ballet, gymnastics, jujitsu, tai chi, capoeira, contact improvisation, yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and much else they have created a truly new and innovative art form : total bodily expression.
Founded in 2000 by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, BalletBoyz is an all-male dance company, whose mission is to create cutting edge and accessible entertainment. From 2005 they work at Sadler’s Wells, they have 11 TV and Theatre Awards, 58 Commissions, made 7 Arts Documentaries, been seen on TV by over 10 million people, and seen live by over 200,000. In 2016 they made “Young Men”, a feature film. Deeply committed to the democratisation of dance they put their money where their mouth is and take time and effort to reach out to new audiences. They do important work with people with Parkinson’s, learning difficulties at Strathmore School and young people at Grey Court School in Ham. They have a great tag line “Real Men Wear Tights.”
I can’t think of a more exciting or important artistic company working in Britain today. Go and see “Fourteen Days” and support the work of BalletBoyz. You will be making history. You will be there at ground level. They are the breakthrough company of our time. Forget any preconceptions you may have. Give this company a fair hearing. Go along and see the show for yourself. Make up your own mind. But give it a chance. I promise you it will open your eyes to a whole new world. It’s wonderful, joyful, exhilarating and mind altering.
Featuring pieces by choreographers: Craig Revel Horwood (The Indicator Line, the tap shoes creating an unremitting drum beat at once frightening and exciting) Javier De Frutos (The Title is in the Text, the human dominoes on the seesaw is utterly brilliant), Ivan Perez (Human Animal, the beauty of the male leg revealed like never before), Christopher Wheeldon (US, the male torso explored and adored) and Russell Maliphant’s, Fallen, has to be seen to be believed. It is jaw dropping.
Astonishingly beautiful and mesmerisingly addictive.