As part of the Sadler’s Sampled Festival of Dance, Sampled, a weekend of dance promised to showcase internationally renowned talent from breakdancing to tango.
On the warm Friday night the audience was buzzing with excitement including chatter not sure of what to expect and fans eager for their favourites to appear on the stage.
The series started with ‘(in between)’, a moody and abstract performance building from dancers chopping each other to the ground like woodchoppers in the English countryside. The performance continued to an exciting and loud finale with the dancers being lead by mother-nature through screams and chants.
Stuttgart Ballet was a powerful and delicate duet. Next, Storyboard P literally started with screams from across the audience with support. His entertaining performance mixed contemporary dancing similar to what can be expected from a music video and a bit of contortion.
Disappointingly, already we were racing through the performances and had arrived at the Tango World Champions. As expected the tango dancing was uplifting and surprisingly mesmerising.
The penultimate performance, The Measures Taken, was based around dancing with impressive lazers. Last, Vagabond Crew appeared like a boy band with a range of micro-performances.
Overall the performances were great introductions to many styles of dancing and making an excellent start to the weekend. The festival is genuinely unmissable.
– (in between) choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon
– Stuttgart Ballet
– Storyboard P
– Tango World Champions
– The Measures Taken
– Vagabond Crew