When I think of a night out at the ballet a certain image pops into my mind: delicate dancing; sparkle encrusted tiaras; orchestra in the pit and the quiet of an audience in awe of such distinguished talent. Not this time, buddy.
The opening scenes of Ballet Revolucion introduce you to the world of the classical ballet dancer with warm ups and runs throughs of positions. Then, like a snap, you are transported into the dancehalls of Cuba, complete with colourful salsa outfits and the distinct sound of Congas.
Imagine Swan Lake meets Salsa – Ballet Revolucion delivers the audience exactly what it promises: the revolution of ballet and the celebration of the passion for life that dance inspires. The dancers seamlessly weave their classical training through a series of contemporary styles that not only showcase their stunning physique but the vastly different and eclectic nature of all dance. Away with traditional style, the dancers are paired up not just in man-woman duos, but combinations of men with men and similarly, women with women. This creates a sense of duos paired by talent and strength, giving the audience a chance to notice both dancers as equal counterparts, instead of the focus on just one dancer with the other as ‘the backup’. It was amazing to see the female dancers proudly displaying their muscly physique, reminding us how much work must invested with such strength and elegance.
Backed not by a traditional orchestra, but a full band that conquered everything from Cuban Salsa beats to the newest Pop songs, it felt more like we were inside a happening nightclub than a concert hall. From Cuban beats to Beyonce medleys, the audience were whooping and whistling, clapping and head bopping along as we were watching what looked like a cross between a traditional performance and a nightclub dance battle.
What an experience to watch these dancers glide and stomp around on stage – made me question if I was still at the ballet, or some phenomenal hip-hop circus. Then the band starts playing Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ and the dancing turns so sensual it would make Christian Grey blush...
The raw energy from the dancers and the passion from the band makes for a formidable pairing in this truly innovative and high energy performance. Standing ovation followed by encore, we left the Concert Hall feeling exhausted; looking forward to the next gym session and booking a trip to Havana before the week is out!
If this is the new wave of ballet and the future of dance, then Viva la Revolucion!
The Ballet Revolución Company & ATA Allstar present
Concert Hall, Qpac
July 9 – 12, 2015
Bookings: www.qpac.com.au | 136 246
Her Majesty’s Theatre
July 14 – 19, 2015
Bookings: www.bass.net.au | 131 246
July 21 – 31, 2015
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012
Full details: www.balletrevolucion.com.au