Dance Review






Sadler's Wells presents


Sampled 2009





American Ballet Theatre

Les 7 doigts de la main

Rojas & Rodríguez

Russell Maliphant

Flying Steps

Jasmin Vardimon Company


Sadler’s Wells


Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January 2009







A review by Marion Drew for EXTRA! EXTRA!


From the graciously classical White Swan Pas De Deux performed by the world famous American Ballet Theatre, to an exuberant, heart-stopping, acrobatic extract from Traces performed by Les 7 doigts de la main, what a wonderful set of hors d’oevure we were served tonight! 

Sampled offers ‘tasters’ of the dance programme that will be presented at Sadler’s Wells over their forthcoming spring season.

Rojas and Rodriguez got the evening off to a snappy start with two quite different and beautifully evocative flamenco pieces: Gayivarte performed by just the two men, a stunning, passionate ‘duet’; followed by Los Canos performed by the whole company, a real visual spectacle in true Spanish style. There’s something about flamenco performed by masters that goes straight to the heart.

The American Ballet Theatre’s White Swan Pas De Deux couldn’t have been more different. A quiet, magical vision, a timeless story told in classical dance form, dancers Michele Wiles and David Hallberg created a moment of intense beauty.




The same duet, danced later in the programme by Richard Winsor and Aaron Sillis from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company is given an entirely different and interpretation. Clever and beautifully choreographed, it has an unusual and stimulating allure and charm all its own.
And then we are off again with the Berlin-based Flying Steps, performing B-Boy 4 Life, bringing yetanother flavour to the smorgasbord. Vartan, Benny, KC1, Mikel, Nadia (the only woman) Sebi and Brahim are specialists and world champions in the urban dance forms Locking, Popping and B-Boying. They fill the stage with whirling arms and legs, and bodies spinning across the floor with a cheeky energy that is infectious and exhilarating.  

Dana Fouras from the Russell Maliphant Dance Company shows in Two, just how elegant and spellbinding a solo dance can be. In this meditative piece, a single light creates the illusion of a box in which the dancer moves in an ever quickening rhythm of body, light, sound and movement working spellbindingly as one.

And lastly, as if we were not already in an epicurean trance, Les 7 doigts de la main brought  the evening to an end in a mesmerising performance of an extract from their piece Traces. A story told in dance, music and high-risk acrobatics, and with immaculate timing using a basket ball and hoops amongst other things, French-Canadian performers Heloise Bourgeois, Francisco and Raphael Cruz, Brad Henderson and Will Underwood hold the audience in the palms of their hands.

Celebrating the incredibly diverse power and grace of the human body in movement, Sampled presents its programme of luscious dance forms so thoroughly well, that I for one will certainly be back for more.




Performances at 7.30pm

Tickets: £10, £5 proms standing.
On-sale from Monday 1 December 2008
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4TN




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