Review: An explosive dance performance at the Theatre Royal

Ballet performers take to the stage as part of Wakatu Dance Theatre's Dance Explosion show.
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Ballet performers take to the stage as part of Wakatu Dance Theatre's Dance Explosion show.

Wakatu Dance Theatre - Dance Explosion

Theatre Royal, Thursday August 3. 

Aptly titled, the Wakatu Dance Theatre's latest offering exploded onto the stage last night in a riot of colourful exuberance.

A show full of smiles and energy, many of the performers barely able to contain their joy and elation, were watched by an enraptured audience who responded with generous applause and obvious enjoyment to the diversity of the music, dance styles, and costuming that beautifully showcased the abilities of all the age groups.

The soundtrack was an eclectic mix that included Disney classics like Zipidee Doo Dah for the youngest performers, an array of contemporary music included Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Ladi6.

Old favourites like Lets Go Fly A Kite, Think by Aretha Franklin, and a thread of kiwiana in the Howard Morrison classic How Great Though Art and the funny costuming of the Elmo piece, contrasted nicely with Carmen, the heel snapping Copelia Mazurka and the Dance Of The Reeds from the Nutcracker.

Immaculately turned out, the dancers were enhanced by the quality of their costumes and cleverly simple lighting created subtle shifts in mood.

Among many shining stars, the duet of Melanie Malcolm and Gracie Fairhall combined passion and precision en pointe.

The Piano Concerto No.1 by Tchaikovsky was danced with youthful dignity and Singing In The Rain took me way down memory lane.

Also, it was lovely to see a strong return of tap to the performance including Disco, River Dance and Broadway adding to the rich tapestry woven by the combined work of six choreographers.

Our bodies are designed to thrive on movement and environments that encourage our children to move are to be commended and supported, well done to Peta and her team. What an explosion of joyous movement, cracking smiles and great tunes. 

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