Beats on Pointe at Peacock Theatre is a dance production which left me with many questions for its creators. From the choice of music and sound set up to costumes and props, all of which seems to be misplaced in this production. While you expect to see a ‘Step Up’-like mixture of classical ballet and street dance, you get a strange version of a dancing battle with unimaginative and repetitive choreography.
The show lacks any elements of storytelling and this is one of the main problems. We see a series of short, 1-1.5 minutes long acts, randomly changing one another on stage without any logic behind. It reminds me of watching an endless chain of TV commercials with choreography, feeling more like a teaser for the production rather than the show itself. The soundtrack is a mix of 1980-1990-2000s hits and overall feels pop and cheesy.
Another problem of this show is the undelivered promise of the clash between ballet on pointe and hip-hop dance. In reality, there is little to none from classical ballet, it’s jazz routines at best, and performances seem to be dull and simplistic. The choreography keeps repeating itself and if in the first part of the show you still can stay interested in the action on the stage, the second part turns out to be completely boring. Furthermore, creators of the show somehow believe that to make the dance routines interesting, they need to dress dancers in tutus decorated with glitter, rhinestones, and neon lights. It does look bright and flashy indeed, but the choreography should be interesting on its own.
The volume of the music is set to maximum, making it truly uncomfortable to sit through the show. When mic’s were used I felt physical pain in my ears. Younger members of the audience were cheering loudly and giving long rounds of applause to each simple acrobatic trick. But, there were technical mistakes on stage and the show felt unfinished, still at the rehearsal phase rather than ready for its opening night.
The show may turn out great on the stage of small towns across the country, but in one of the key dance institutions in London, you expect a completely different level of choreography, storytelling and production. Beats on Pointe fails to deliver good entertainment or artistic performance.