Giving a star rating to a Sadler’s Sampled programme is not a straightforward task. These are varied evenings that showcase the upcoming Sadler’s Wells season and encompass everything from classical ballet, to flamenco and hip-hop. It’s unlikely you will enjoy every component here; however, there will likely be a couple that make the evening more than worth your time.
Having attended a fair share of past Sampled programmes, this year’s was a little disappointing for fans of the traditional. Classical ballet was given just twenty minutes of stage time, whereas contemporary and hip-hop managed well over an hour. Fans of all genres, though, will appreciate the highly charismatic performances the evening provides.
They don’t come more charismatic than flamenco dancer, Jesús Carmona, who is accompanied on stage by guitarist Daniel Jurado and singer Juan José Amador.
Solea Del Campillo is an authentic, initially slow-burning piece. Carmona’s background as a former Principal of Ballet Nacional de España is evident with his elegant twists and turns as he travels gracefully about the stage before the piece gradually builds up to an explosion of fast and furious footwork that thrills the Sadler’s Wells audience.
The few classical representatives at this year’s Sampled were strong choices. Former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky’s Dying Swan gave a serene and beautiful display. In a programme largely made up of loud and upbeat performances, Yanowsky held the audience in perfect silence with her melancholy swan, still majestic even in death.
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