The Theatre Royal in Glasgow played host to a stunning ballet performance by the English, Scottish and Welsh Ballet companies. They joined together for Dance GB which is a celebration for the Olympics. Before the actual performance started, the audience was shown a film of dancers from the three companies taking part in a ‘Dancing Parallel’ event.
The Scottish came on stage first and the dancers were wearing tight lycra just like their national hero Sir Chris Hoy. They performed an energetic routine inspired by the athletes they were celebrating which was set to music by John Adam’s ‘Son of Chamber Symphony’.
The Welsh were on next and their performance was stunning in the extreme. It was a great tribute to the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Created by Christopher Bruce it combined old-fashioned games with the modern day games. It ended with a performance of Ravel’s Bolero, made famous by Torvill and Dean.
The English came on last and their performance was also very spectacular although it struck a different note by being much less of a celebration and very solemn. It was, however, wonderfully performed. It was choreographed by Itzik Galili, accompanied by piano pieces by John Cage.