SPIN (2 stars)

This article is from 2014


Contemporary dance/hip hop meets indoor parkour in unexciting quartet

Presented as part of the Welsh Dance Strand, Sandra Harnisch-Lacey’s quartet combines elements of contemporary dance and hip hop with an indoor version of parkour.

The latter element is thanks to two wheeled ramps that the dancers (three men and one woman) shift about when not also vaulting up, down, over or off of the sometimes cumbersome wedges.

Some of the creditable cast’s efforts have a bounding energy, but I watched them not knowing much about who they were and often wondering just why they were going through these motions (example: a dancer deliberately crossing the stage slowly and gazing round as if lost and vaguely curious…) .

The performance overall lacks both a varied pace and physical/emotional texture, while the emphasis on unison to a usually bog-standard beaty soundtrack can be boring. Even at just 35 minutes it feels overstretched. Some of this pervasive alright-at-best quality may be down to first-day nerves, as SPIN does have potential. One of the men has a brief but fairly interesting solo in which he hand-balances on a ramp, and there are glancing little hints at onstage relationships.

But where was the juice, the excitement, the pleasure and maybe a dash of danger?

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 25 Aug, 3.30pm, £12 (£10).


  • 2 stars

Harnisch-Lacey Dance Theatre SPIN mixes contemporary with urban dance styles of parkour and breakin’ in a fresh, dynamic performance. SPIN takes you on a journey in and out of hope, inspired by personal stories of making the impossible possible. Four dancers manipulate a moveable set, turning obstacles into opportunities…