This show by Wales-based company Harnisch-Lacey Dance’s show mixes contemporary dance with breakdancing and elements of parkour. The premise is exciting – who doesn’t like a bit of parkour? And the revealing of two ramps on stage as the lights go up creates rather high expectations. Yet the show in its entirety does not quite live up to the expectations.
It appears that both choreographers and dancers preferred to play it safe when they have both the talent and the energy to do more.
On the day I saw SPIN, one of the four dancers could not perform after he injured himself the day before. Rumours say that the choreography had to be re-tailored for the other three overnight. Perhaps this is the reason why the three dancers I saw seemed a little thrown off. Leaving aside the moments when the absence of a fourth dancer was obvious, mostly the others’ movements were often just about out of synch, and even though their energy was palpable, one had the feeling that they were struggling to keep up their energy throughout the performance.
One has the impression that SPIN can still be developed and pushed toward a more daring choreography and bolder moves. At the moment, it appears that both choreographers and dancers preferred to play it safe when they have both the talent and the energy to do more.