I'll just come right out and say it: I know nothing about ballet. My experience goes about as far as having watched Centre Stage more times than is socially acceptable (it's one of my guiltiest pleasures) and also having once seen Save the Last Dance.
The thing that both of these have in common is the idea of mixing ballet with more contemporary styles of dancing and seeing what affect this will have. It's a main theme in Save the Last Dance from my sketchy memory, and in Centre Stage we all love the gloriously named Cooper Nielson and his modern ballet at the end which sees him roaring onto the stage on a motorbike.
This brings me to Rock The Ballet. It hits Adelaide's Her Majesty's Theatre from July 3rd – 8th, tickets through BASS. Depending on the ticket-type it'll set you back between $80 and $100.
If you think ballet is boring and only uses classical music think again. The acclaimed show Rock the Ballet mixes a whole bunch of dance styles together from hip-hop to classical ballet with some contemporary dance choreography and even some gymnastics and martial arts thrown in.
It is brought to us by the also gloriously named Rasta Thomas who is the founder, director & Principal Dancer in the show.
After debuting in New York the show has enjoyed solid seasons in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Frankfurt. It all began for Rock the Ballet in 2008 and over 1000 shows later these versatile performers can only be getting better and better.
The clip on the website is enthralling, and the quotes they use during it keep harping on about how masculine it is. If you doubt that ballet can be masculine then seriously, check out those abs on show.
With I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred playing during the clip you could be forgiven for thinking it something like Manpower Australia: the difference is these guys can bust some seriously world-class moves. The music they use includes U2, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen and many more.
Whether it's a tad gimmicky or actually provides ballet with a 21st Century relevance can be debated, but watch that clip and tell me you honestly don't think that dancing is awesome. Those important details again: Adelaide's Her Majesty's Theatre from July 3rd – 8th, tickets through BASS.