REVIEW: be-dom, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, matinee and evening shows, to July 30

I BARELY had the energy to clap after watching this Portuguese percussion-mad sextet’s super show.

Using everything from barrels, bottles, themselves and the audience as instruments it’s easy to see why they’ve drawn comparisons with similar home grown outfits. Thanks to the clever injection of humour they stomp all over the competition and the sounds they get out this recycled junk is amazing.

Exhaustingly energetic, enormous fun, it’s a lively night with plenty of chances to get involved - be it finger snapping, clapping, cheering, chucking props and even clucking.

A fusion of music, comedy and theatre; above all else it’s a tour-de-force of stunning synchronisation between the performers, their instruments, environment and audience.

There are so many examples of the latter; the two that stick out are the finger-snapping duel and the old paint tins turned drums set in which we all became members of be-dom.


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As for the ending... well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

I believe this is the first time DanceEast have had such a long run of one show, but once word spreads tickets are going to fly so see this mad masterpiece as soon as you can.

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