The International Emmy Award-winning, all-male dance company BalletBoyz premiered their new show on Wednesday 10th October at Sadler’s Wells, London. Michael Nunn OBE and William Trevitt OBE, Founders and Artistic Directors of BalletBoyz met at the Royal Ballet and during their 12 years with the company, they danced all the principal male roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker among other significant roles for choreographers including Kenneth MacMillan, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon and more. They co-founded BalletBoyz in 2001.
The show, supervised by Nunn and Trevitt, has been created by four internationally celebrated choreographers, alongside four eminent and various musicians. The tableaux are short and ran alongside BalletBoyz’s previously acclaimed Fallen.
While Javier De Frutos’s The Title is in the Text thundering, slightly repetitive piece was difficult to digest and listen to (unbearably loud music), Us, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and performed by Jordan Robson and Brad Waller with music by Keaton Henson came to be the highlight of the night. The piece featured a duet who balanced between grace, beauty and simplicity. The love-story at the crux of the movements was entirely credible, highly emotional and simply beautiful; without doubt the best piece of the entire show. Is it a love-story of a lifespan (the light of Heaven at the very end was amazing) or a man fighting with his own self? As David Bowie would sing in Ziggy Stardust, “making love to his ego”.
Craig Revel Horwood (West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard), Iván Pérez (Young Men) and Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) have teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson, with each pair given just fourteen days to work with the ensemble to create the new work. “From our experience, when choreographers have had lots of time and resources they’ve found it much harder to focus” says Trevitt.
Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by regular BalletBoyz collaborator and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant (Broken Fall), and set to a powerful score by French film.