DNA is in this high velocity dance performance

All Alight- Particle Velocity
All Alight- Particle Velocity
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Particle Velocity

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Four new pieces, including a couple of instant crowdpleasers, make a night of thrilling contemporary dance from one of the country’s consistently entertaining companies.

Leeds-based Phoenix Dance’s Particle Velocity is designed to make waves.

All Alight is an instantly-accessible, deceptively simple suite of dances set to the taut strings of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Concerto.

Ki, in contrast, is a 10-minute solo of poise and control by Josh Wille. His gymnastic background is evident in this almost hallucinatory portrayal of a body under external forces.

Borrowing from American cinema, Tender Crazy Love is another intensely-emotional experience – contemporary lovers whose need for reconciliation spirals into brutal aggression.

Phoenix artistic director Sharon Watson constructed Repetition of Change around the genetic coding of DNA. Despite a stage-wide white frock it gets hung up, literally, on that prop.David Upton