Ballet Ruse

Emma O’Kane and Muirne Bloomer set out to create a dance about dating, but as soon as they got into the rehearsal studio all of their old ballet foibles returned. And so here’s Ballet Ruse, a slickly-produced duet that makes fun of the stuffy conventions of ballet (and themselves) while exposing some of the raw truths of behind their training. Confessions of bulimia and abusive teaching cut through the good humoured jinks, but in spite of the disbelief and regret at their past there remains a warm sense of respect for ballet. There’s lots of attention to detail, but even if you don’t get the in-jokes the exuberant performance has enough vim and fizz – and near-perfect comic timing – to raise lots of laughs.

Five Stars