The Lowry, 25 April 2012
There are several stars of the future here, but it wouldn’t be to their benefit to name them.
The show featured seven short works, each being performed by the final year students of the Central School of Ballet. Some could be called modern dance (such as Code, characterised by abrupt gestures and hard-edged movements) though most were ballets, for example the traditional and technically challenging Pas de Trois. Period, picturesque and quite a puzzle is how I would describe the final work, Whodunnit?, conceived and choreographed by Matthew Hart. The conceit was that an Agatha Christie novel or the Cluedo board game had been brought to life, recast as a narrative ballet. It was charming and ultimately compelling.
The programme was varied and fresh, the dancers were of professional calibre and not a few are principal dancers of the future. Adventures rarely promise and deliver as much.
Ballet Central 2012 is touring the UK until July, details here.