From the ghetto to Afghanistan MTV-style, Soldier is a simple tale, told with high-octane dance from Pineapple’s performers. The music video format for each segment makes the story easily digestible, but the dancers have such passion and expression that it really draws you in. Pulsing to the beat, the fury of the streets is transferred to the battlefields and hip hop choreography gets a military makeover. At times it felt like an extended Rihanna video, but you cannot help but be moved by the slickness of the principal dancers, who look like they stepped off the set of her latest tour. This is West End calibre dancing, with intense emotion and a great soundtrack.
theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, 13-18 Aug, 4.20pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Joanna Gill]