So I am in the presence of a master manipulator of the hypothalamus – Noel Wallace – in a dance piece called HEEL at one of the most beautiful theatre’s in London, Wilton’s Music Hall. Noel made British ballet history as the first black dancer to join the English National Ballet but now he dances alone.
In his latest project Captured Wallace offers himself to twenty white artists to create work that focuses on power powerlessness and freedom . Heel is part of this project. Set to music by Nina Simone and Ry Cooder, mixed by Lee Walker, with projected images by Atomic Arts and lighting by Filippo de Capitani Heel is astounding.
I got the shivers twice at least and sat transfixed throughout. Wallace’s style is so unique: evocative emotive disciplined and definite. We were captivated, caught in his spell and cast out upon the dark moonlit seas of his consciousness . Afterwards the audience including Ian McKellen poured into the bar. I realised how great Noel is and how lucky I was to be there.