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“Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington” sang Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, where he runs through the full gamut of reasons why she would be unsuitable for the stage before finishing with “or your son”. It’s a formidable list, and while tongue in cheek Coward’s acerbic wit must have made the damsels of the time cringe with fear of being singled out by the great man; the Mrs Worthington’s of today only need to sit in the audience of a QL2 Dance show to know it takes all types to make a company of dancers – actors, performers et al - and putting your sons and daughters on the stage with this company would be life enhancing and damn good fun.
When we consider the fluttering of tiny tots in their pink tutus with matching ballet shoes with dreams of being a ballerina at year end concerts, my head turns to dance options, and QL2 Dance is top of my list.
Their production of CONNECTED, a triple bill of new and original works at The Playhouse was again affirmation of the role this company has played in development of young dancers where they are challenged on many fronts, not the least of which is the physical, but into the creative, thoughtful and storytelling aspects and opportunities that dance brings to them and their audiences.
Their young choreographers show great talent and ability to produce the stories that resonate with them and CONNECTED explores so many aspects of this new age of connecting in ways we never dreamt of with the digital age but CONNECTED goes to the heart of the human aspects of connecting vital to all of us.
The music, costumes and staging are excellent and the 32 dance artists aged from 13-26 present a formidable ensemble of talent – all shapes and sizes of course - nurtured and encouraged by not just a management team who deserve accolades but a small Board who’ve held their hands for a long time and a productive time! Patron Sir William Deane brought his granddaughters along for the show and he agreed this production has taken the QL2 Dance’s CONNECTED to another level of excellence.