Keith Watson at the Bloomsbury and the Place.
a performance bursting with humour and enthusiasm The Dance Band
scored a major success with Everyday Nights, sadly on for
one night only at the Bloomsbury.
was a triumph born of adversity. A mix-up at the printers had left
the audience without programmes, thrusting the role of compere on
to composer Gary Carpenter who immediately breached the invisible
barrier between performer and performed to: "The first half
is made up of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
The second half is Sunday, because, well, Sundays seem to last so
the barriers never went up again as the four dancers and four musicians
energetically attacked the material, choreographed by Lynn Earnshaw,
composed by Carpenter, which ran a gamut of musical and dance styles.
This stretched from tango time on Monday through to aerobic gymnastics
on Saturday, creating a stylish and amusing parody of human activity.
Dance Band's winning trick is the interplay of dancers and musicians.
In Wednesday Carpenter and two delightfully po-faced cohorts took
cross-legged to the stage while the dancers replaced them at the
musical instruments. Looking for all the world like the three wise
monkeys, the dinner-jacketed musicians proceeded to steal the show
with an inspired display of gentle knee twisting.
as it turned out, did not last long enough, its amusing send-up
of weekend leisure pursuits (ie not getting dressed) over before
we'd reached the afternoon movie. This was a shame as it rather
unbalanced a work whose humour did not mask a considerable substance.
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