Reviews – Glass Canon


Dance Europe Magazine- April 2010- Review by Mike Dixon ‘Daniel de Andrade, the ballet master of NBT since 2003, marks his choreographic debut with Glass Canon to music by Phil Alexander, leader of Scottish band Moishe’s Bagel, whose music has a definite middle-eastern quality and has sections in canon (where the melodic sections overlap) from their song Glassidic, inspired by Philip Glass. The cyclical rhythms of Glass’s music are echoed here but without the mesmerising quality of the American composer’s work; what we have instead is an energy-filled melodic line which is highly suitable for a dynamic dance-work. In Christopher Gile’s costume designs the women wear short, brown patterned dresses and sport ponytails; the men have shirts of the same material and brown jeans with braces. The cyclorama changes colour with the shifting moods of the nine-minute piece.There are sections for the five women and six men, as they observe and approve each other, in addition to pair work and solos. The men snap their fingers during a female solo and occasionally interject surprising vocal punctuations. The quality of the choreography is very good and, although the piece looks slightly under rehearsed, it has a bounce and vitality that pleases the audience. Pippa Moore, Michaela Paolacci, Ashley Dixon and Yi Song sparkle exuberantly throughout and make the most of their moments in the spotlight. The men in particular get to throw in some acrobatic moves that add to the element of surprise that characterises the ballet. Most memorable are the sequences where the women leap from the wings and are catapulted forward on the hands of the men who are lying on the floor. Performed in canon, these phrases of movement have an exciting and reckless quality that makes Glass Canon a perfect curtain raiser.’ 

Yorkshire Post – Review by Stephanie Ferguson ‘The sharp new opener, Glass Canon, from Brazilian ballet master Daniel de Andrade, is a fast and playful kaleidoscope of moves, its pony-tailed girls hoisted on high by hunky young men to Phil Alexander’s dazzling Eastern sounds, a homage to American composer Philip Glass. Thrilling, turbo-charged, de Andrade’s choreography pushes the couples and is challenging and different.’  McNulty – Reviews by Janet McNulty

‘The afternoon started with a new work by ballet master Daniel de Andrade – Glass Canon – for 12 dancers. It was the first delight of the afternoon, fast moving with swooping lifts and a particularly delicious duet for Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Ashley Dixon.’ 

“Northern Ballet gave a great mixed program too at the start of the year in Leeds. More choreography from Daniel de Andrade please – Glass Canon was gorgeous! I loved the reworked Dangerous Liaisons…” – Reviews by Ian Palmer
“… it was the turn of Northern Ballet (re-named minus the “Theatre”, for reasons still not entirely clear to me) to move into its stunning new accommodation in Leeds. As ever with this company my sense is that the quality of the dancers themselves is sometimes better than the quality of the choreography they have to dance, but the repertory is showing signs of “juicing up”, with a lovely contemporary Triple Bill, that featured new work from Daniel de Andrade and a piece staged for the company by Wayne McGregor…” – Review by R Krumel

The performance opening premiered former NBT dancer Daniel de Andrade’s Glass Cannon, a rambunctious dance for twelve dancers, set to Eastern-inspired jazz by Scottish band Moishe’s Bagel. The dancers’ relentless blasts of movement seemed to “shoot” their bodies into the air or across the stage. Andrade briefly played with the bounds of contemporary ballet with men partnering men, and women partnering women. Composer Phil Alexander warmly commended the dancer’s interpretation to his music, “I thought it was great. I was thrilled to see it.” ‘

Perpetual Motion Mixed Program – Northern Ballet – 9th-18th of Feb 2012

Ballet – 

Glass Canon is a high energy and mischievous piece from Northern Ballet’s Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade, who was recently awarded a prestigious Clore Leadership Dance Fellowship. The first part of the piece is set to Tanzt Glassidic which is Moishe’s Bagel’s mischievous take on what of their pieces would sound like if written by famous American composer Phillip Glass. The second piece The McGoldberg’s Jig and Reel has a comedic black and white 1920s cinema feel to it. The music has inspired a dynamic dance piece with cannons of explosive movement. Daniel de Andrade commented, “a real folk and gipsy theme inevitably takes over when listening to music by Moshie’s Bagel, as it is filled with Middle Eastern and Eastern European rhythms. I predictably got infected by this gipsy element with the movement itself and it was also a major influence on the gorgeously detailed costumes, designed by Christopher Giles.”

The Stage – by Kevin Berry

“Daniel de Andrade’s Glass Canon is revived. With music influenced, in tongue in cheek fashion, by Philip Glass it has the look and emotion and downright fun of a gentle folk dance with sudden bursts of ecstatic, firecracker movement.”

York –  by: Charles Hutchinson
The best received piece is Northern Ballet ballet master Daniel de Andrade’s Glass Cannon, an Eastern European gipsy folk dance that is witty, mischievous, rhythmic and throws in playful, surprising role reversals in the interplay between male and female.

The Public Reviews – Reviewed by: Katie Lee

After the interval arrives Glass Cannon, a cheeky chorus led composition with gold paisley outfits and a middle-eastern melody. Clapping, clicking and intermittent shouts exacerbate the fun and whimsical innuendo. An increasing number of strips of light provide an original template for the challenging male group segment. Most delightful was the curtain call, in which the choreographer (Daniel de Andrade) appeared in a shirt matching the costumes.

My – Leeds local News

Daniel de Andrade chose the fun, infectious music of the Klezmer band Moishe’s Bagel for his Glass Cannon. And, that is what it was – colourful, high energy and fun. It was like a bunch of young dancers having a whale of a time at a village fete somewhere in Eastern Europe!

Yorkshire Post – By: Stephanie Ferguson

Still on the move, they romp through Glass Canon, Daniel de Andrade’s fast, fun explosion of action set to the band Moishe’s Bagel, who mix a spoofy take on composer Phillip Glass’ rythms with their own catchy Jewish Klezmer sounds and some Scottish reels thrown in.