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BAIA ‘Musicality’ entertains with fantastic show
February 22, 2018, 5:40 pm

Seventy young dancers of The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA) enjoyed unparalleled success in back-to-back performances of dance and music taken from thirty shows, musicals and movies of Broadway, the West End and the big screen. Never before in Kuwait had an audience been able to watch a show of dance that kept them on the edge of their seats from start to finish, regardless of age!

Directed and choreographed by Miss Alley Hunter and Miss Claire Findlay, the students from Grade 1 to Grade 8 excelled in bringing the larger than life world of dance to the stage. Extraordinary, dramatic, haunting and graceful performances, combined with theatrical lighting, traditional and popular musical selections and lavish costumes created an unforgettable and emotional experience for all present. The hugely varied repertoire of the dances, drawing on classical ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap and contemporary ensured that the punchy pace was always maintained. Whilst there were so many highlights in the show, certain performances remain in the memory for their complexity and impact. In Act One, Aaya Abdelmajeed and Farah Badr performed an almost robotic dance to Derezzed taken from Tron Legacy.

This high energy number, punctuated with moments of inactivity from a lifeless form centre-stage was an out of the ordinary performance but a fitting way to draw Act One to a close.  In Act Two, El De Tango Roxanne, taken from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge opened to the haunting violin of Hai Wei Li with students from the pointe class sweeping across the stage in their vivid red and black costumes. The audience was transported back to 1920’s Paris in an instant. Throughout the show, each performance was more than a dance; the student’s movements and expressions told a story or projected a statement; symbolic, powerful.

BAIA can be rightly proud of performing such an ambitious show and setting the artistic world alight in Kuwait. We are all looking eagerly ahead to BAIA’s next big production, this time theatre, when BAIA on Broadway hits the stage at the British School of Kuwait in the Shakespeare Theatre on 5 May.


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