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Ballet Cymru leaps into new boundaries!

Shadow Aspects

Ballet Cymru , The Riverfront Newport , November-03-17
Shadow Aspects by Ballet Cymru The multi-award winning Newport based Ballet Cymru is gaining an ever increasing international reputation. Its work, in recent years has gained a great reputation for its classical ballet presentations, all played with Artistic Director Darius James’ unique and captivating style.

This brand new work, Shadow Aspects is very different. Guest international choreographer Tim Podesta has previously danced as a soloist in many international Classical Ballet companies. Guest dancer, Mara Galeazzi is a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. Their previous collaborations have been in the world of Modern Dance.

It is unusual to see such a crossover. Most dancers and choreographers usually work in one ‘style’.
But here this very experienced partnership take the dynamic young dancers of Ballet Cymru into the world of Modern Dance and master it they undoubtedly do.

Podesta tells us “Shadow Aspects refers to the unconscious aspects of the personality that the conscious mind does not identify itself… the shadow is the dark where individuals are defined and bonded by their mutual feelings of isolation.”

His narrative may not be absolutely clear but the atmosphere he creates is very strong and excellently supported by the dancers, the music of French composer Lean-Phillipe Goude, and Chris Davies’ subtle lighting.

But what is so breathtaking is the movement and great agility of the dancers and the wonderful ways in which they relate to each other. There is a magic in the dance that has such an exciting and compelling appeal. It seems to me that the combination of Podesta and Galeazzi have inspired Ballet Cymru into areas they might have thought beyond their capabilities. I have delighted in many of the company’s previous productions but I have never seen anything quite like this before. A new strength of power and maturity.

In her solo piece Galeazzi demonstrated such an extraordinary and amazing movement and emotion. This was picked up by and inspired the dancers of the company to reflect a similar emotional power.
There was a strong caring feeling between the dancers; this was a joy to watch. Clearly from the strong reaction of the packed audience it was a joy we all shared.

Reviewed by: Michael Kelligan

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