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Published on Friday, 21 August 2009

After seeing a surfeit of contemporary dance, it’s refreshing to return to the source, as it were, and see dance that holds on to its ballet traditions. The three performers in Myriad explore aloneness and solidarity using modern ballet.

Beginning with a light-hearted musical number, Myriad starts a little slowly but playfully. It then builds as the dancers give in to the pressure of touch, playing with weight in a gentle and soft way.

They find a sharper edge and line as the piece progresses, playing with turnouts and undulations that morph into extensions; it would be good if this exploration was continued and built on. Definitely more Balanchine inspired, at times it’s a little soft and gentle - but one of the dancers shows particular promise with a tension in her body that captures your attention.

These youthful performers do well, and I look forward to them continuing to push themselves to develop a stronger style, and more defined boldness that will fully express aloneness in movement. As it stands, though, Myriad is a pleasant way to pass an hour.

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