By Bhadra Sreejith – Deputy News Editor
The Peacock Theatre was packed to the brim on the evening of the 14th of March—not because of a lecture, but because of the LSE Dance Club’s annual dance show, Surge 2016. The seldom-used dress circle was opened also, and there was not a single empty seat to be found in the theatre, so hotly anticipated was the event. There were one thousand tickets sold in total.
Surge 2016, made possible by the LSE Annual Fund and described as being “a powerful showcase of what it means to be fully alive through the medium of Dance”, began at 7pm and from beginning till end was fast-paced; there was hardly any time for the audience to catch its breath between performances. Each of the eighteen performances was lovingly choreographed and obviously very well-rehearsed, with no awkward movements or visible mishaps. The audience applauded every performance, but was forced to quiet down very quickly, as the transitions were very fast. It seemed impossible that the Peacock Theatre could be the same place that 9 am lectures were held, so thrilling and exciting was the atmosphere.
Each performance was preceded by a short introduction by the choreographers, who detailed why they loved dance and what their performance aimed to convey. All the different forms of dance were represented, from hip-hop to jazz, ballet and modern dance. While all the performances were of the highest quality—it is important to emphasise just how good the dances were, even though these were students at the LSE and not professional dancers—HipFlop and Block Party, which were both extremely energetic and rhythmic, really stood out in terms of the choreography and enthusiasm of the dancers.
Sumati Semavoine, who co-choreographed “Smother” with Natasha Rodrigues, a dance which explored the complexity of a manipulative relationship, said “Before the show, the atmosphere was filled with immeasurable excitement, passion, joy, exhaustion and stress. We were all so close to each other and ready to embark on one of the greatest nights of our life. After the show, most people were in tears of joy for what we had achieved but also in tears of sadness for the ones leaving our dance family and for the end of such an amazing journey. We all had so much energy despite the end of the most intense and exhausting week of the year. It was probably the best night of my life.”
An audience member who had watched the show last year said, “It was good last year, but the dress circle seats weren’t even available. It’s nothing compared to this year…the atmosphere was amazing.” Sumati agreed, saying “The audience was responding to the dances exactly the way we wanted them to.” When Alexander Lim, the director of Surge 2016, went up on stage to speak, the audience gave him a standing ovation—a testament to how much the audience enjoyed the show and appreciated his work.
Although the show was two hours long in its entirety, its fast-paced nature meant that it felt like much less time. It was well-planned, well-paced, and filled with passion: a definite contender for the best Society event of the year.