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Festival Review: Seven ***

Jo Turbitt thinks this production has a great company of dancers but is a flawed production.

Technically this company are amazing: beautiful lines, great energy, strong performances and excellent technique. This is where the praise of this show ends.

The choreography is misaligned, disjointed minalisim which reeks of contemporary dance clichés and Germanic tenacity. The ensemble are out of synch, allowing unison work to fall apart instantly, meaning that the moments where the work is supposed to come together are missed.

Weird and strange choreographic choices are made which are too far removed to have even a tenuous link to the rest of the work. In trying too hard to be original, to be contemporary ballet, it goes to an extreme where nothing on stage bears any relation to anything in the space: the music, the design and the choreography don’t ever, not even briefly, merge to give you a moment of artistic satisfaction. Let this company dance work with passion, with choreography that flows and to music that is a pleasure on the ear.

Great dancers, shame about the rest of this production.

Seven, from Ballet am Rhein, was part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

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