11-12 June 2014
Reviewed by Cathy Porteus
Flash Mob is a collaboration between a number of acts who will seem familiar to viewers of TV talent shows. The most famous couple was probably Kevin (from Grimsby) Clifton and Karen Hauer from Strictly Come Dancing. They were joined by two other couples: contemporary dancers Alleviate and Irish fusion dancers Brosena. The cast was completed by So You Think You Can Dance runner up Tommy Franzen and Britain’s Got Talent stars Flawless.
The Lowry’s modern colours and lines suited this 21st century show to a tee. The set was simple – bright lights and a screen the length of the stage was pretty much the full extent of it. This meant the dancers told the story with their moves, which really worked.
The first half of the show loosely followed a storyline of the love story between Alleviate’s Nicolette and Renako. It starts with a flash mob, where the cast all join in and show off their dancing skills. Nic and Ren then have their first date, with thought bubbles on the back screen helping to move the story along. The crew then party at Kevin’s house, followed by a hilarious hung over getting dressed routine from Tommy Franzen. This was one of my favourite pieces. It reminded me of Morecambe and Wise, physical comedy combined with brilliant athletic moves. The love story later takes a tragic turn, allowing Ren to really show his talent for conveying deep emotion with his fluid moves.
The second act gave each performer their chance to show off the dance styles for which they were famous, without following a storyline, which in a way seemed a shame. Kevin and Karen played a mismatched couple in a Bugsy Malone style mob bar, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate exactly how a samba should be done. Their paso doble complete with matador outfit was a big hit with the many Strictly fans in the audience. Brosena produced a tap masterpiece with Venetian costumes adding to the ambience. Flawless showed off the individual and combined talents with an urban dance routine, accompanied by music so loud I had to cover my ears.
The crowd gave the show a standing ovation and in my opinion it was well deserved. Kevin then led the dancers and the audience in a little jive and bop, letting everyone show their enthusiasm and finishing the evening off nicely.
We really enjoyed Flash Mob and left feeling energised and smiling. I would recommend the show to anyone of any age, whether you are generally a big dance fan or not, it held my attention and entertained throughout.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000