The Power Within was performed with conviction and passion by the young dancers. They used video and image projection as well as dance to tell stories of women overcoming oppression in various contexts – Harriet Tubman, the Suffragettes and Malala Yousafzai. The moment the young cast introduced themselves alongside Malala was deeply touching and showed how engaged the company were with their source material. While I didn't feel the modern sections book ending the meat of the piece strengthened it as a whole, this was a coherent and moving piece of dance.
Warzone told the parallel stories of a young boy fighting in WW1 and a modern teenager who has vandalised a local memorial statue. The backdrop of these stories are the boy's school learning about WW1 and putting on a production of Oh, What A Lovely War! While the three strands were overlapped in an interesting manner, with some very evocative moments, the script was confusing and a little muddled at times. There were some wonderful performances from across the cast, and the group worked together excellently as an ensemble. Dean Sherlock played his role of the primary soldier with a well-judged quiet dignity, and Mason Thomas-Downes provided an excellent comedy turn. Also worth noting was a stunning set design for both pieces – different areas were created on stage, reflecting and enhancing the journey through time essential to both pieces.
These pieces are the opening of a four year program from the Pegasus. I look forward to seeing the rest!