Preview: BalletBoyz – Fourteen Days
- Kelly Apter
- 6 November 2017
Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood on BalletBoyz' latest
Many people need a deadline for motivation, but the eight choreographers and musicians behind the BalletBoyz' latest show really had their eyes on the clock.
Choreographers Iván Pérez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Javier de Frutos were paired with composers Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Scott Walker and given just 14 days to create a brand new piece. The resulting works are currently touring the UK, performed alongside Russell Maliphant's acclaimed work, Fallen.
For Revel Horwood, a man better known for his Strictly judging and musical theatre direction, working with the all-male contemporary dance company offered a chance to experiment with new ideas – and that's exactly what he did.
Having discovered, on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, that his great, great grandfather was a champion clog dancer in Australia, Revel Horwood asked the BalletBoyz crew to pull on a pair.
'I was a novice myself,' says Revel Horwood. 'The first time I wore clogs was in Who Do You Think You Are?, so it was a real challenge for both me and the boys.
'Story-wise, my family were goldminers and there was a revolt in their town during the mid-19th century. So I thought, wouldn't it be interesting to get miners clog dancing, and have a clog dance battle between the miners and the soldiers?
'So we started improvising and having some fun, and it was extraordinary to see it evolve – the boys have done brilliantly well.'