Arielle Smith

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Jolly Folly

Role Choreographer
Producer English National Ballet
Sadlers Wells

The week in dance: Reunion; 21st-Century Choreographers reviews – a joyous return

The physical puff and accelerating mayhem of live performance turned their silly walks, fierce jumps and boneless press-ups into a joy-filled celebration of dance itself.

Sarah Crompton
The Guardian

Reunion, Sadler's Wells, review: a flashy return for the English National Ballet

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Rupert Christiansen
The Telegraph

Review: Reunion

The evening ends on a high note with the aptly named Jolly Folly, in which a large ensemble identically clad in comically exaggerated dinner suits cascade around the stage in a tribute to silent comedies. Performed at warp speed, the Chaplinesque waddle and the acrobatic routines seem riotously random until it becomes clear that a great deal of thought has gone into the design and patterning.

In the introductory film that prefaces the piece, choreographer Arielle Smith says that she “just wanted to make people smile”. Job done.

Neil Norman
The Stage

English National Ballet review — a terrific return to the stage

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Debra Craine
The Times

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