Pineapple Arts Productions are delighted to have worked with Dax O’Callaghan on this exciting project. Following a very successful performance at London’s Mermaid Theatre in March 2011, Dax continued to develop the show, which was previewed at Leicester Square Theatre on August 8th before we took it to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was performed at The Grand Theatre, Surgeon’s Hall from August 13th-18th to sell out houses and rave reviews. The show featured Dax O’Callaghan and 25 Pineapple Performing Arts school dancers, and is a contemporary Street dance show, dealing with violence, corruption, sacrifice and redemption
“From the ghetto to Afghanistan MTV-style, Soldier is a simple tale, told with high-octane dance from Pineapple’s performers. The music video format for each segment makes the story easily digestible, but the dancers have such passion and expression that it really draws you in. Pulsing to the beat, the fury of the streets is transferred to the battlefields and hip hop choreography gets a military makeover. At times it felt like an extended Rihanna video, but you cannot help but be moved by the slickness of the principal dancers, who look like they stepped off the set of her latest tour. This is West End calibre dancing, with intense emotion and a great soundtrack.” (Three Weeks)
“Some stories are better told without words. To this end, Soldier, a story of loss and redemption told entirely through the medium of dance, is lead by Industry veteran Dax O’Callaghan and a strong troupe of almost thirty young dancers from the London-based Pineapple Performing Arts School. The result is a showcase of spectacular physical talent from a youthful, hard-working cast.
Writer and choreographer O’Callaghan also stars as Jordache, an impoverished youth who dreams of escaping the trap of gang culture to become a soldier. On the way he meets the love of his life, Shayla, charmingly portrayed by Faye Stoeser, and the two of them suffer loss, hardship, heartache and the pain of separation, all of which is communicated with pure physicality (only one actual word is spoken during the show). When this physicality kicked in proper, there were gasps of admiration from the audience. Make no mistake: these kids can dance. They throw themselves into every sequence with the dazzling commitment of the young and passionate. Their timing is faultless, the movements are spot on and the arrangements are breathtaking.” (Broadway Baby)