Super Human (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Super Human

credit: Dan Aucante

Skilled street-style dancers in urban light entertainment

Choreographer Lene Boel, of Danish company Next Zone, has commandeered a handful of young urban male dancers – and only one female, alas – in order to focus on what the human body of the future might be able to do.

It's a workable enough premise for a watchable piece of street-style light entertainment, jazzed-up with lurid, attention-grabbing lighting.

Displays of hip hop and related popular movement prompted by superhero behaviour is hardly new, and even at 45 minutes long, this show struggles a bit to sustain that concept.

Boel herself probably realises there's only so much pumped-up, self-serious dance razzmatazz that can be tolerated, so she has the cast trot through a typical day: commuting to work on public transport; partying hard afterwards; playing with devices.

It's overly familiar material, but the physical illustration of the clichés of contemporary city life lets some welcome air into the show. We see, too, that the dancers have a sense of humour about themselves. They are a genuinely talented group, although better when doing their individual things than in the somewhat strait-jacketing unison routines.

Still, it's all here: popping, gyroscopic body spins, robotic motion and more. Recommended for street dance connoisseurs.

ZOO Southside, until 17 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm, £14 (£12).

Super Human

  • 3 stars

Next Zone Super Human explores and pushes the limits of the human body. In a unique and mind-awakening performance the super physical team redefine the human being in new optimised versions. Both supernatural and superhuman behaviour is in the spotlight as the performance gathers inspiration from science-fiction movies…