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).