This is a little belated, but on Sunday, I went to see the wonderful Balletboyz at Theatre Royal Bath. This is the second incarnation of the Balletboyz, after the original members retired from dancing themselves. They began auditioning dancers for this show, The Talent, which is currently on it’s fourth season.
I’ve never seen the Balletboyz live before, but I’ve been a fan of their television programmes for quite a while. They’ve made a series of documentaries about the ballet world, my favourite of which is Strictly Bolshoi, a behind the scenes look at the Bolshoi Ballet. So naturally, when I saw the Balletboyz were coming to Bath, there was no question about going.
They performed two pieces. The first, Serpent, was absolutely beautiful. The boys appear all dressed in flesh-toned tights, so there is literally nothing to distract you from the movement. With only ten dancers on stage, there is nowhere to hide, so each movement has to be totally precise. Their lines were stunning, and they were impressively in sync. A lot of the movement, as you might expect from a piece called Serpent, was quite ‘rippling’, very flowing. My dad said it reminded him of sea anemones. I spent the whole piece utterly hypnotised.
The second piece was Fallen. This was very different, far more urban. I think overall I preferred Serpent, but the liftwork in Fallen was incredible. The strength of these dancers is unbelievable. They made some very complex lifts look absolutely effortless. It takes a lot of strength and skill to be lifted too, and is not the standard training for male dancers, which made this all the more impressive.
I’m so glad I went to see them, and wouldn’t hesitate to see them again. The skills on display were stunning, and I love the whole idea of Balletboyz and their new take on the world of ballet. Ballet is very classical, and often viewed as quite stuffy. Balletboyz are fun, doing something new and unexpected. Whether you’re a ballet fan or not, you ought to see Balletboyz. And not only because the boys are all gorgeous.
Me being me, I couldn’t resist the merchandise stand on the way out.
The Talent is touring until the end of March. You can find full dates here. Go and look, and if they’re somewhere near you (and not sold out. These guys are popular!) book some tickets and go. Trust me. You won’t be dissapointed.