Millennium Manoeuvres XIII Hall for Cornwall
Review by Lee Trewhela
THERE are some events you have to begrudgingly attend as parents ... the nativity, sports day and dance shows among them.
And so I headed to the HfC last week with a heavy heart for this long-standing show – 20 years and counting – which unites schools in the Carrick district, their dance teachers and choreographers from the wider community, including some well-known names like Sally Williams and Tee J Randall.
I'm pleased to say this became anything but a chore within seconds ... all of the dances were ingenious, professional and, above all, fun.
It's unfair to pick out favourites ... but I'm going to.
Penair partner primary Kea School's colourful, energetic performance to Arthur Brown's Fire was a standout as was Richard Lander's brilliant evocation of The Matrix.
Pencalenick School's Lots of Love, inspired by Banksy's Girl With Balloon was an absolute joy while Roseland Community College's street dance mix was explosive.
Falmouth School's Hard Knock Life elicited big cheers and Penryn College's middle eastern-flavoured Offset, proved the show wasn't all about ballet and urban styles.
Carrick Dance Senior Group (an amalgam of leading dancers from the four secondary schools) hypnotised with their Philip Glass piece.
Millennium Manoeuvres is a great demonstration of the talent in our schools and is a superb opportunity for the students to perform to a large audience on a stage that has also played host to the likes of Rambert.