Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Praise of Younger Men

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Praise of Younger Men

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

Rome and Jewels

Peacock Theatre

ROME and Jewels is not what you think. The two hour dance show is billed as a hip-hop take on Romeo and Juliet, and it certainly contains some of the best street dancing you will see short of visiting the street.

The Peacock audience was on its feet at the virtuoso display of increasingly risky spins and freeze-flow body popping (surely close cousins of the video remote with its pause, rewind, fast forward).

They also lapped up the rap argot spliced with the Bard, possibly the most effective, if inaccurate, rendition this side of Stratford. And they fell head over heels for the two brilliant DJs whose turntable skills had the throwaway finesse of improv jazz.

The show was created by Rennie Harris, a former hip-hop dancer who is as skilled in the theatre as he is at dancing. Not for him the big opening number, the sock-it-to-'em routine.

Instead, he holds back the hip-hop, giving the audience a delicious anticipation which he only sparingly satisfies. …

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