Beats on Pointe – Masters of Choreography at Peacock Theatre
From Step Up to Save the Last Dance, the boundaries between hip-hop and traditional institutions like ballet are constantly being challenged. Australian dance troupe Masters of Choreograph” have blurred the lines even further with Beats on Pointe, a vivid melting-pot of classical ballet, old-school hip-hop, street and electronic dance music.
After finding massive success in Australia and following a run in Sadler’s Wells last year, the company has returned to London for their worldwide tour. It’s evident why this show is hugely popular: the dancers are likeable, the performances are fun, engaging and even a bit nostalgia-provoking as 90s favourites reverberate through the speakers from beginning to end. The troupe make sure to include fan favourites like beat-boxing, a comical dance-off, elegant ballet pieces and breakdancing. The production excels in giving audiences a comprehensive take on street art, even including a bucket drumming session from one of the multi-talented male dancers.
However, during their Tuesday night performance, all is not exactly “on pointe” (forgive the pun) as a few noticeable errors and missteps contribute to an overall fatigued vibe from the ensemble. You have to give them credit where it’s due: as the group consists of only a dozen or so dancers there isn’t much room to alternate, so many of them are performing high-intensity movements for two hours without a legitimate break. Hopefully as they settle into their tour these small slipups will smoothen themselves out, but if you’re going to take on feats like moonwalking on pointe and old-school breakdancing, they must be almost perfect.
Overall, the show makes for a great night out with family or friends, and regardless of whether you’re a fan of classical or contemporary dance, you’ll find yourself feeling hyped up at one point or another throughout this exciting performance.
Beats on Pointe – Masters of Choreography is at Peacock Theatre from 21st May until 16th June 2019. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
Watch the trailer for Beats on Pointe – Masters of Choreography here: