Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
What an amazing evening of dance we were treated to. Ailey 2, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, return to the UK with an exciting repertory featuring Francesca Harper's futuristic Freedom Series (excerpt, 15 minutes), Robert Battle's The Hunt (14 minutes), the incredible energy of William Forsythe's Enemy in the Figure (excerpt, 18 minutes), and Alvin Ailey's masterpiece Revelations (36 minutes).
The four pieces are quite different and allow the company to show off a range of styles and techniques. For me, The Hunt, with its driving tribal drums and tight choreography was the highlight of the evening but all the pieces engaged and impressed. Freedom Series' mix of music is amazing, from modern to Bach, and the lighting throughout the show is cleverly designed to enhance the stage imagery. All in all, an amazing piece.
If these are the dancers of the tomorrow then we have some amazing shows to see in the future!