Emerging from a winter of traditional crowd-pleasers featuring Nutcracker and La Sylphide, the dancers of English National Ballet were finally allowed to cut loose in this new mixed bill – thanks to some eerie swamp monsters and a new and unexpected club banger from William Forsythe. This certainly ain’t the Kingdom of Sweets anymore.
The aforementioned Forsythe world premiere, Playlist (Track 1, 2), is left tantalisingly to the end of this American-inspired programme. It’s worth the wait though as 12 of ENB’s fine male dancers dominate the stage with sky-high leaps and perfectly stretched feet set to Peven Everett’s Surely Shorty.
It’s a spirited and slick performance and an impressive party piece full of moves that have the audience cheering and whooping aplenty. The American flavour is hinted at in the costuming (designed by Forsythe himself), with the dancer’s plain burgundy shirts emblazoned with their names on the back as if they were an elite sports team.
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