Any show performed by men who style themselves the Bad Boys of Dance would, you would imagine, have attitude and technique bouncing off the walls. Yet during the first half of Rock the Ballet, the six male dancers display only intermittent evidence of either.
Director Rasta Thomas, whose own career as a classical dancer included stints with the Kirov and
When the cast return for the second half, however, there's a definite shift in gear. Canterna's choreographic input is less intrusive as the six men show off their most vaulting jumps and backflips, their most impressively slick pirouettes. It's exactly the shameless display the audience have paid to see, especially when it's served up with golden songs like Jailhouse Rock or Tainted Love. When the bad boys finally strip off their tops and parade their perfect six packs, Rock the Ballet zeros in on its exact USP. Chippendales with a touch of classical class.
Until 28 June. Box office: 0844 412 4322.
Lamer than the title would suggest . . . Rock the
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