Diversity are a British dance group that won a reality TV show, Britain's Got Talent, six years ago. Ever since then they have gone on from strength to strength. We went to see them last night at the Brighton Centre, Brighton, East Sussex.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable show even though it started more than an hour late, which meant that it did not end until after 11pm last night. Not good for the bambinos who had school the next day.
I captured a small part of the show with my Canon EOS M mirrorless digital camera fitted with a Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The lens was fitted with both a UV(C) multi-coat filter and a circular polarizing filter, which I forgot to take off!
This blog post is my happy take of the nights event, as it unfolded.
The queue into the auditorium was loooong and it was freeeezing. It didn't help that we were queuing opposite the seafront and could really feel the chill of the sea breeze. By the time we got to the entrance of the Brighton Centre we saw the sign that informed us that the start of the show would be delayed by 45 minutes (It was delayed by over an hour eventually.). Apparently, this was due to an extra show being arranged in the afternoon, because the evening show was sold out.
There was lots of waiting around or sitting down and looking at other members of the audience, due to the delay to the show's start. There didn't seem to be any complaints though, as the dance troupe were eagerly awaited. There was a mixture of all age groups, which was quite interesting from the old to the very young. The music coming out of the superior audio system was pumping with all the latest tunes, some of which, surprisingly, I recognised from my exercise classes! In general the mood was good and the crowd seemed quite knowledgable.
When Diversity finally came on stage, one after the other, the noise, especially from the younger members of the audience, could have blown the auditorium roof off! I was not expecting that response. I'm not sure how the dancers felt, but they were definitely treated like rock stars. It would be fair to say that Perry was the ladies favourite, as his appearance was greeted with the loudest screams! Deafening.
The show then got underway at a blistering pace with Diversity offering one of their famed dance routines, which left the audience feeling like the delay was well worth it. Not all dance troupes perform as organised, as synchronised swimmers, like Diversity and tell a story at the same time. This is one of their biggest selling points and whatever story they were selling the audience was, for sure, buying.
They then moved to a centre stand where Ashley, Diversity's lead, asked us to stand up and wave one hand in the air and behave like we just didn't care! It was a very clever move by the troupe, as audience participation always puts everybody, well most people, in a good mood right from the beginning of the show. I shimmied along too and added a wiggle every now and again just not to feel left out. I also felt like adding in a backslide, but there wasn't enough room where we were on the south balcony. Go me go!
The next routine saw even more dance moves, however this time they were accompanied by an awesome drummer that was wheeled out onto the stage on this scaffold like contraption. Diversity had on a changed outfit also, which looked better tailored. The drummer added a Drum'n'Bass feel to the music being piped over the audio system, which also went down really well, too.
As we all know once a drummer is given centre stage they tend not to disappoint and this one was no different, as he used every second of his minute of fame energetically and loudly. This was the moment for him to strut his stuff and strutt he did. Like all solo drumming performances his effort was rewarded with a rapturous applause. That's the way to do it.
Another change of outfits, into what could only be described as not being purchased from Saville Row, bless em and yet another dance routine. It was quite good, although I felt like they were still warming up, which is quite typical of dance troupes who like to save their best till last.
The show was a kind of multimedia-dance experience with a giant screen being used to narrate part of the story with the rest of the story being told through dance by the troupe. It could almost be described as a mixture of pantomime, music and dance. The story being mimed to us up to this point was quite humorous.
However, the mood was about to darken, as a villain of the peace was about to be introduced. Like in every good pantomime there is nothing better than a baddie to rile the audience and the one about to be introduced would do just that.
I'm not sure how I captured this picture, as what followed was a loud bang followed by a very bright flash of light. I must have been so shocked that my finger, hovering over the shutter-release button, just depressed the button. After that we knew something intriguing was about to happen. A-MAZ-ING. Continued in Part 2.