The dance world holds its breath when the Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance presents his or her work each year. Nicola Elliott is the incumbent. She presented her work as a choreographer at the Alec Mullins Centre on Friday 11 July at the National Arts Festival 2014. I was there to see it.
The space at Alec Mullins is huge. It is an indoor sports centre. The use of space is central to dance and Nicola Elliott made good, if not brilliant, use of the space.
Her work used a lot of reflective flooring, four bolts of red fabric and an enormous bouncy ball and the basketball hoops. I felt it was all a bit badly timed, with too little introduction and too little ending and way too much reflection on the floor. The most interesting parts were the introduction and the conclusion.
The dancing is exquisite. Vishanthi Arumugam, Athena Mazarakis, Alan Parker and Jori Snell were all magnificently controlled as behoves mature and experienced dancers. The music was by William Basinski, Nils Frahm, Anthony and the Johnsons and Giuseppe Valentini all edited by Shaun Acker.