LIFE
BACKSTAGE

The perfect performance takes practice, commitment, energy, patience and above all, a desire to succeed. Take a look at what really happens backstage...
During rehearsals for a new interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. A Ballet Boyz Production for BBC3.

During rehearsals for a new interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. A Ballet Boyz Production for BBC3.

During rehearsals for a new interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. A Ballet Boyz Production for BBC3.

Filming our days workshop at The Studios 52A. Project 'Unknown'

Rehersals start early...

For me choreography starts way before I walk into the dance studio. Research is a leading factor. It is in fact the preparation that defines the final direction a work needs to go in. Often very individual and focused in execution, this concentrated approach allows me to view every project as a unique & exciting challenge.

My PRD tactic, combined with a solidly determined work ethic, shared by the whole team, gives me the rare ability to see dancers not just as bodies performing moves, but instead as precious collaborators who guide many of my choreographic instincts.

Uncovering & discovering the personality & possibilities of movement is the real driving force of my style. Naturally this means rehearsals are often as exhausting as they can be exhilarating.

Ultimately the art of a dancer is in his or her ability to adapt to their surrounding, but it is how they make it all look so natural and spontaneous that defines both them and the work they perform.

WHAT A PERFORMANCE!

The London Palladium is arguably one the world’s most iconic Stages. Billed as a follow up to his critically acclaimed Albert Hall show, Robbie at the Palladium promised so much and yet somehow delivered more.

Robbie Williams ‘Swings Both Ways’ Spectacular staged for this special theatre and filmed for TV was one of those nights when one of the greatest living British entertainers spoke and the audience (leaning forward with breathless anticipation) listened. If you were there it felt like a one on one audience, if you saw it on TV it took you back to the best of British Variety TV.

Created over three weeks with some of London’s finest dancers & musicians on board this was at some times – a brutal but often hilarious process.

With Rob as much fun as ever, and the intimate setting putting him in his element, the whole experience felt like a one-off from day one – to that one and only opening night.

Creatively nodding its head towards both MGM’s golden era of Song & Dance and the best of TV entertainment, the final show saw a celebrity audience on its feet…more than once. Looking back, what was probably better is that in these days of cut, retake, re-set and reshoot, the audience experience was always at the top of Rob’s agenda and at the forefront of all our minds on the night. The result was a truly memorable show we all remain incredibly proud of.

In short the night was electric!