BANG! To the Heart (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

BANG! To the Heart

A hunk of Italian hip hop dance theatre that hasn't a clue how cherishably bad it is

Connoisseurs of unwittingly terrible dance-theatre need to prepare themselves for a guilty pleasure. If you've been longing for a cheesy Italian hip hop / pop-ballet with an utterly incoherent narrative, over-acting galore and more brio than brains, this is it.

I suspect that the makers of this vaguely futuristic and Romeo and Juliet-ish production by Nue Dance Company haven't a clue how cherishably bad it is, but their innocence is our gain. I, in turn, hadn't a clue what was going on in this tale of wannabe urban grit but am all the better for it.

Was the referee of the quasi-boxing match between rival gang leaders the same body-popping and faux parkour dude who also feigns being a graffiti artist? Uh, and why was there a boxing match at all? And who is the guy that the long-limbed, stringy-haired female redhead falls for, which really pisses off her fiercely scowling, curly-haired boyfriend, and why should I care?

I didn't, and yet I couldn't help being won over by the ten-member ensemble's rampant posturing and unabashed zest. They're actually highly capable and athletic dancers, performing full-out and complemented by lots of bright and busy digital graphics and a pumped-up dramatic soundtrack. The result is ludicrously enjoyable. I might just have to treat myself to it again. Mille grazie!

ZOO Southside, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22), 10.20pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12).

Bang! To the Heart

  • 3 stars

NUE Dance Company The streets of suburbia are alive in this story of love, friendship and pride. Escape or redemption: what brings the gangs to town? Will brother turn against brother to conquer the heart of the city? When the gentle gangster meets the most desirable girl of all, will love bloom? A Bang! To the Heart is…