Ralph McAllister Review

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By Ralph McAllister
Crows Feet Dance Collective held a variety concert last week in Wellington as a fundraiser for their 2014 project of THE ARMED MAN by Karl Jenkins.The packed audience certainly got variety, together with rich entertainment.

 

Crows Feet whetted the appetite with excerpts from THE ARMED MAN with some forty women dancing to Jan Bolwell’s choreography which, while demanding excellence,in no way embarrassed the performers nor the audience.

 

The full production will be performed in Upper Hutt and Otaki during Anzac Week next year.

One to note in your diary.

 

Tributes were paid to Leigh Brewer and Paul Jenden both of whom died recently.

 

But this was not a time of mourning ,with The Spring Chickens , who certainly aren’t,offering Palmerston North comedy bamboo and cafe items ,while some Crows did some Chicks with energetic aplomb.

 

Wellington Integrated Dance impressed us with their Anyone At All,showing us that wheelchairs and crutches can be employed in elegant and touching choreography,this time helped by Sumara Fraser and her group’s suggestions.

 

My particular  favourite was the trio danced by Meg Bailey, Jan Bolwell and Jo Thorpe with music by Roberta Flack.

 

The performance not only had grace but a simplicity of movement which was profoundly moving.

 

The finale had about fifty people dancing Hallelujah and reminded us yet again of how little we see large groups performing live in the theatre.

 

The philosophy,if one can call it that,of Crows Feet is simple.

If you are over 35 and you want to dance, you can join either of the two groups in Wellington or the two on the Kapiti Coast.

 

Each is taught by Jan ,some are suggesting that this could be building the Bolwell Empire.

If it is,long may it continue to grow!