A series of cold weather fronts seems to have Spring on the run at the moment, but living in London teaches us that the weather here can turn on a five pence piece and often does. To help usher in warmer climes many Londoners will be checking out new dance productions as nothing brightens the spirits so much as taking in some fresh and new choreography. It can also serve as a reminder to get down to the gym!
The O2 show is part of an arena tour that will see Smith take on a select number of shows which is also wise as it protects his voice while still allowing him to play to a large amount of his fans. His strength lies in the emotional impact of his ballads and with this in mind, his band will be augmented by a string section and backing singers. Undoubtedly there will be massive cheers for his breakthrough single “Stay With Me”.
A tight script together with some dazzling costumes ensures that Scott’s story of his struggle to overcome establishment obstacles is kept light-hearted and optimistic, but it’s the incredible dancing and choreography that form the beating heart of this production. Audiences brought up on today’s plethora of televised dance shows will appreciate every step, hip swivel and lift as this glitzy show spins towards its ultimate feel good climax.
Contemporary dance can be a challenging genre but audiences will be rewarded by some thrilling set pieces as dancers and choreographers attempt to deconstruct, redefine and celebrate all that has gone before them. Dancing solo, in pairs and as a troupe, the company provide a masterclass in strength, control and innate musicality.
Unsurprisingly, the kitchen pride themselves in both preparation and presentation with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menus change with the various ongoing productions so you can enjoy the hake and saffron mash that forms part of the Carmel Menu or sample the fittingly fresh asparagus inspired by Wayne MacGregor.