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The Four Seasons/Nine Sinatra Songs/Pineapple Poll

Published Friday 15 June 2007 at 09:20 by Pat Ashworth

There is something for everyone here in a triple bill which showcases the extraordinary versatility of BRB’s dancers.

They have the focus and intensity of athletes in The Four Seasons, from the stretching diagonal movement and swift reaction of the tennis players to the exquisitely controlled, slow motion dive sequences that display the beauty of the female form and the powerful muscularity of the male. One dancer is so controlled on the pommel horse in the gymnastic sequences of Autumn that she appears almost to levitate.

Then it’s strictly ballroom for Nine Sinatra Songs, all softly draped gowns, loosened ties, hazy smoke and intimate body language between the seven couples. Each is beautifully delineated, from the languid, late night seduction of One for My Baby (Victoria Marr and Tyrone Singleton) to the stricken terror of the inexpert male (James Barton) in the comic Somethin’ Stupid. Angela Paul and Robert Parker dance That’s Life to perfection, in movement so bold and aggressive it borders on brutality with each other.

Pineapple Poll completes the bill, a spirited and altogether jolly piece that exudes life and colour and is instantly absorbed. Carol-Anne Millar is a radiant Poll and Dominic Antonucci an aloof and exuberant Captain Belaye. Kosuke Yamamoto wins hearts as the lovelorn Jasper but the night almost belongs to Andrea Tredinnick’s incredibly fast-footed and fast-babbling Mrs Dimple and Viktoria Walton’s Blanche, her head bobbing as though balanced on a spring.

All the tomfoolery disguises some very nimble nautical footwork. It is a wonderful romp.

Production information

Hippodrome, Birmingham , 13-16 June

Antonio Vivaldi, Arthur Sullivan
Oliver Hindle, Twyla Tharp, John Cranko
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Cast includes:
Angela Paul, Victoria Marr, Andrea Tredinnick, Carol-Anne Millar, Robert Parker, Tyrone Singleton, Kosuke Yamamoto
Running time:
2 hrs 45 mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014