Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

So on Friday night I went to see the world premiere of Russell Maliphant and Vangelis’ The Thread.

First of all, I want to take a moment to appreciate the costumes designed by Mary Katrantzou. The outfits fit in so well with the Greek myth concept.

The dancing wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before, it was flowing one moment and then fast paced the next. The balance between both worked well, as did the music alongside it. I really enjoyed the calming, tranquil melody of Vangelis’ work. It almost made me feel like I was doing meditation because it was that type of music.

‘In a word, or rather, in a line, the Thread is the energy which connects us to the universe.’ I really felt this when all the dancers were synchronising together. The mixture of dance and movement and music was oddly calming. The only part that wasn’t relaxing and a little bit of a let down was a song that made my head spin. It sounded like cow bells being banged hard against the floor. It made me put my fingers in my ears!

However, I did feel connected in that moment when they all danced in a rhythm together. But apart from that song, I absolutely loved all of the performances, from the solos to the group dances. They all told a story which felt magical.

The lighting by Michael Hulls, which I wouldn’t usually comment on, was actually really well executed to make the dancers seem like they disappeared in one place and popped up in another.

I found myself amazed at the fact all these dancers could remember all of that choreography. It was quite a magical evening with the idyllic music and storyline. I would definitely recommend seeing the Thread for the dancer’s amazing effortless performance and Vangelis Oscar winning music.