2x2 - An Evening of Duets

Four separate pieces were performed at NorwichPlayhouse, giving the audience a real chance to see a variety of different dancers and choreographers.

Four separate pieces were performed at NorwichPlayhouse, giving the audience a real chance to see a variety of different dancers and choreographers.

Walker Dance and Park Music kicked off with The Self, a near arm-wrestle piece between ex-Royal Ballet dancer Jenny Tattersall and two interchangeable partners, Lee Clayden and Scott Smith. Tightly produced, the dance was very physical and fitted Ben Parkabrasive score.

The second piece was much more light-hearted and united two Royal Ballet dancers, William Tuckett and Luke Heydon, with two chairs. They relied on mime as much as anything and lively piano pieces by Bach and Beethoven were the perfect accompaniment.

The third piece, Duel, by Protein Dance, explored the rivalry between an Italian man (Luca Silvestrini) and a Swiss woman (Esther Weisskopf) as they competed for pole position. Another amusing blend of dance, theatre and music which captured that Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus concept.

The final piece, Sawn-Off Scarface, by Eddie Ladd and Gerald Tyler, was performed on a water-soaked dance-floor and reduced the classic three-hour Al Pacino movie into a 12-minute romp. Great fun, though you almost missed just what a great dancer Welsh-based Ladd is.

This was an ambitious evening that brought some of the cream of modern dance to the city.