Two new works and one audience favourite come together to form (Un)Leashed, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s second run at Sadler’s Wells this season with a programme featuring creations exclusively by female choreographers.
First seen in 2012, Lyric Pieces, provides an opportunity to luxuriate in the fine quality of movement from these technically assured dancers. They flow easily through the intricate choreography, while black folding paper props are manipulated by the ensemble in manoeuvres just about labour intensive enough not to be distracting.
The black concertinas are used creatively as walls, bridges and hiding places. The wittiest use of this backdrop is when four dancers mimic piano keys, which jump to attention as they are conducted by a dancer who takes centre stage.
The many transitions are smooth and Jessica Lang’s choreography is crisp, carefully drilled and well placed. Maureya Lebowitz is perky and commanding in the cheerful March of the Trolls segment while Tzu-Chao Chou cuts a vulnerable figure in the solitary In Ballad Style that sees him alienated from the main ensemble.
Offering some contrast, two driving narrative pieces follow. Choreographer Didy Veldman turns her attention to the pressures of modern society in new commission A Sense of Time. It’s a restless, stirring creation that builds effectively with Veldman’s skill for pace and structure. There a high sense of freneticism made all the more ravishing by the moody orchestral score interspersed with electronic accompaniment.
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