The good thing about Danceforms is that it never just offers you one type of dance, which makes this a great show to go to if you are interested in enjoying a variation of different dances. This year’s performance of the Choreographers’ Showcase starts with a magnificent treat of Indian tribal dancing which is visually outstanding. Each movement and gesture is so precise, that makes the whole act a real pleasure. All the dancers work very well with each other, and when in couples, their spatial awareness is such, that they could move around the stage blind-folded.
Their confidence does take a while to build up, with their nervousness a bit obvious to tell, but once they relax, it is easy to see that they have been doing this for years. Once they get going, every step and every movement is so exact, it is just a visual masterpiece.
It is the second act which lets the show down, the performers lacking in technique and the whole piece feeling lost. In saying that, the 4th act, a contemporary segment, does stand out from the rest, the dancer’s movements never stopping for a rest, always powering on.
The show does end, though, on a very average piece, a group of girls doing another contemporary show who seem very much amateur. The flexibility of each girl is amusing to watch, but the choreography itself is rather dull at best.
The production is a great one to see if you are looking for diversity and something a little different from everything else that is out there, but Danceforms has done better in years past.