theTalent2015 is a brand new double bill from BalletBoyz which is now embarking on a national tour following its debut at The Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, last year.
Michael Nunn and William (Billy) Trevitt, co-founders and artistic directors of BalletBoyz are presenting The Murmuring by Alexander Whitley (New Wave Associate artist at Sadler’s Wells) and Mesmerics by Christopher Wheeldon (Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet).
The tour, which features dancer Adam Kirkham, Andrea Carrucciu, Bradley Waller, Edward Pearce, Flavien Esmieu, Marc Galvez, Matthew Rees and Matthew Sandiford, started last Tuesday and comes to the Wycombe Swan tonight.
Here Nunn and Trevitt talk about the new show.
Says Trevitt: “We knew Alex as a dancer initially but noticed that he had begun choreographing and was creating more and more performances. We asked him to come in and spend a day in the studio with our dancers, just to see what might happen and to get an idea of his creative process.
“Everyone got on very well and his ideas really interested us and so we asked him to make a piece of dance for the company.
“The Murmuring is a finely crafted work with fascinating details and wonderful opportunities for the dancers to push themselves. It involves the company becoming a single entity and moving as one organism which is perfect for our group of dancers”.
“Mesmerics,” said Michael Nunn, “Was originally created for one woman and two men and has been through several reinventions before this one, but this version is the first time it has been danced by an all male cast.
“Much of the choreography has remained intact, but there are some sequences that didn’t make sense for the men to dance; sequences that only worked when danced by a woman in pointe shoes for example.
“Chris allowed the dancers to develop their own solutions to these problems and then he developed their ideas to create the version you will see theTalent performing”.
Added Trevitt: “Everywhere we go we find that the audiences we play to respond in very different ways, sometimes quiet and attentive, sometimes boisterous and fun, but it is always good to find that we have people in the audience who are seeing dance for the very first time with us.
“We seem to gather new fans wherever we go, people are still really in awe of what these dancers can achieve and they love the way they perform and the variety of the work in our shows”.
After the spring tour BalletBoyz will be working on a new production for 2016 as well as planning a film version and a tour of their full length work Young Men.
2015 Tour dates
April 27, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe April 30, The Lighthouse, Poole May 5, Orchard Theatre, Dartford May 11-12, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford May 14, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham May 16, Grand Theatre, Blackpool May 19, G Live, Guildford May 21-23, Mercury Theatre, Colchester May 26, Civic Theatre, Darlington May 28, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham May 30, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil June 1, Theatre Royal, Brighton June 5, The Hexagon, Reading.