Preview: BalletBoyz: Life

Attribution/author:Article by: Kelly Apter

Popular all male dance company tackles life and death

It started as a one-off project. A notion to bring together a company of exclusively male dancers to take over when BalletBoyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt retired from the stage.

Six years later, theTALENT, as the dancers are known, are still going strong. 'We never expected it would last longer than one year or a single tour,' says Nunn. 'But people liked working with them, and when we approached other choreographers the following season, they said we'd really love to work with the boys – and it just stemmed from there.

'I thought we would get bored fairly quickly, but we haven't yet. They’re a very strong team of guys and it’s been a real pleasure to see them mature over the past five or six years.'

About to tour the UK with new works by choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, Life finds the dancers delving into the heavyweight topics of life and death.

'We wanted to have a show of two halves, and to examine those big themes of life and death,' explains Nunn. 'Pontus immediately said "ooh, life!". And Javier was more than happy with death. But really both works are a celebration of life, more than anything else.'

King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 22 May, 7.30pm; Dundee Rep, Mon 23–Tue 24 May, 8pm.

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