Dance: Sampled returned to The Lowry after its huge success last year. This Dance show presents range of different styles from Ballet to waacking.
First dance was called "The Head Wrap Diaries" and it was performed by Uchenna Dance company. This dance was a mix of house dance, waacking, vogue dance, African dancing and contemporary. This dance focuses on woman, elegance and power. The Dance started off really small and then turned into a big energetic number. Dancers had very clear facial expression which helped the audience understand the piece even more. I must say that Vicki Igbokwe (Creative Director and choreographer) has created a masterpiece. I recommend seeing "The Head Wrap Diaries" when it goes on a UK tour.
Second dance was called "Near The Place Where Your Feet Pass By" and it was performed by Nafisah Baba who is the winner of the BBC Young Dancer 2017 contest. This dance started off with Nafisah taking her shoes off and then going into this nice dance and then ended with her taking her shoes. Nafisah's dance was amazing and her performance was even better.
Third dance performed by Bethany Kingsley Garner and Evan Loudon (Scottish Ballet) was the Grand Pas De Deux from "The Nutcracker". Both Bethany and Evan performed this Dance with grace and that's why the audience couldn't take their eyes of them. The dance was beautiful and performed really well. Scottish ballet also performed male duet from "sibilo" (act 2). This was a fantastic dance showing what human body can do.
Fourth Dance was an extract from duet called "Zero" performed by Humanhood company. I felt like the dance was too slow and because it was a 13 minutes dance I felt that is was way too long however the dancers did an amazing job.
Fifth dance was a flamenco dance called "Solea Del Campillo" and it was performed by Jesús Carmona. "Solea" is one of most passionate and majestic styles of flamenco. Carmona's footwork and ballet inspired moves were spot on. He has lots of energy and with his dance skills he gave extremely energetic performance.
Sixth dance was called "60 sec" and it was performed by Far From The Norm company. "60 sec is a physical interpretation of Torben Lars Sylvest's and Ezio Bosso's "Thunder and Lightnings". This dance was exploding with energy. It was a very nice combination of intricate rhythmical and sweeping floor phrases.
Last dance of the show was a juggling piece called "smashed" performed by Gandini Juggling company. It was a combination of dancing and juggling which turned out to be the best part of the show in my opinion. This piece used 80 apples to be juggled by 9 performers. I even managed to catch on as it rolled of the stage. This piece had classic but funny slapsticks. At the end of the piece as you expect of the Name, everything was smashed. Apples were thrown on the stage floor causing large amount of apple juice to fall on the audience.
Overall, there is something for everyone in this show. The amount of talent on that stage was unbelievable. Even though I'm not really into dance shows, I definitely enjoyed this one.