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The Mag Play: LORDS OF THE DANCE; DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN

EXPLOSIVE doesn't come close to describing the sheer magic of the Dance Theatre of Harlem's triple bill.

The power and beauty of the movement, and the troupe's sheer exuberance, ignited a fire in the audience which spread like electricity. Legendary choreographer Arthur Mitchell, who spoke at the end, said he'd felt it too. The triple bill is intended to give the audience a 'starter, main course and dessert' -at least one aspect of which everyone should be able to relate to. For me, it was the starter that blew my mind.

Dougla is about a Hindu African wedding in Trinidad and is fabulously tribal.

The main course was titled Return and featured funky, jazzy ballet and some breakdancing.

The dessert was Firebird, a stunning visual story of a firebird who saves a prince.

Dance Theatre of Harlem has promised to return to Birmingham. Make sure you book tickets next time.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 16, 2004
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