Posted on November 20, 2014
Club Vertigo, a spectacular dance show starring Hanna Haarala (pictured), is in Ealing this week until Saturday. Using music, song, comedy and dance, it takes the audience to a New York rooftop cabaret for a tale of drama, passion and romance.
“We were so encouraged by last year’s reviews”, says Amanda Harker, the show’s producer, “that we decided to update the show and return to Ealing. We have a hugely talented and professional cast and I know it will be a night to remember.”
All profits from the performances will be donated to Chickenshed Theatre, a charity that works with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to create outstanding and inspiring theatre. “After suffering my own health problems and being able to come through them by working in the theatre again, I know how beneficial it is,” says Amanda, a dancer, trainer, choreographer, designer and director.
Creating the show in 2011, Amanda called the show Club Vertigo because she had suffered from an illness that left her unable to balance and confined to bed. To help her recovery, she was asked to choreograph My Fair Lady for Barnes Charity Players, going on to choreograph more shows before creating Club Vertigo.
The show includes ballroom, tango, jazz and street dance, with a cast led by Hanna Haarala, a professional dancer in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, and Scott Cole, brother of Strictly professional Brendan. Other dancers familiar to Dance Today readers include James Wilson and Leila Dee Stewart who have performed with Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas, and Nejc Jus and Lemington Ridley who appeared in our Februrary 2014 issue.
Club Vertigo returns by popular demand to the Questors Theatre, London W5 5BQ, until November 22. Tickets cost £20 or £25 and are available from the box office on 020 8567 5184 or www.questors.org.uk. For more information, see www.clubvertigo.org.uk.
Amanda Harker tells Zoë Anderson about her approach to cross-training in the October 2014 issue of Dance Today.