February 2017
Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay on her new MK Ultra – exploring the world of conspiracy theory and the Illuminati

Not heard of the Illuminati and the New World Order? Read on for a fascinating take on alternative news and brainwashing… and also a terrific record of just how a piece of dance gets created.

Luke Divall and Natalie Corne in Theo Clinkard's This Bright Field rehearsal.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Theo Clinkard: rehearsal of This Bright Field

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Fabio Dolce, Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's O Maria.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – Ham and Passion: Passionaria, Young Man!, O Maria – London

★★★✰✰   Some titles for triple bills can be generic or aspirational rather than specific, but “Ham and Passion” is exactly what you get in this programme from DeNada Dance Theatre.

Jair Ramirez in Sugarman.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2017: Jair Ramirez, Maria Lothe & Co and The Rebirth Network

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's Young Man!.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – DeNada Dance Theatre in Ham and Passion bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Manuel Liñan.© Marcos G Punto. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Manuel Liñán, Flamenco dancer and choreographer

Manuel Liñán will be very busy during this year’s Flamenco Festival London. He is directing the annual Gala Flamenca (23-25 February) and also his company will close the Festival…

Circus of the Senses in Mother Africa: Khayelitsha – My Home.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Circus of the Senses in Mother Africa: Khayelitsha – My Home

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eva Yerbabuena – Apariencias – London

★★★✰✰   The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.

Wayne Parsons.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Wayne Parsons about his latest work – Vestige (and more…)

Wayne Parsons interviewed about his choreographic practice and latest work – Vestige – to be premiered at London’s Rich Mix on 25 Feb.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – FLA.CO.MEN – London

★★★✰✰   The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.

Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran in Material Man redux.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Material Man Redux – Nottingham

★★★✰✰   Material Man redux is a fascinating work that combines disparate dance styles and commonwealth history into a seamless piece of work that really makes you think about where we have come from and might go.

Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Erik Tomasson.

San Francisco Ballet – Frankenstein – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   It was a dark and stormy night – San Francisco Ballet couldn’t have designed a more apt and ominous atmosphere for the opening of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein.

Euripides Laskaridis' Relic.© Evi Fylaktou. (Click image for larger version)

London International Mime Festival – Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis, Charleroi Danses

From ★★★★★’s to ★★✰✰✰   Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis and Charleroi Danses.

Hagit Yakira.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Hagit Yakira about her latest tour and approach to creating dance

Founded eight years ago Hagit Yakira Dance are steadily becoming more widely known as they tour increasingly – which is what they are currently doing. We have a word with the boss about this particular tour and her approach to creating accessible and entertaining work…

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Gadi Dagon. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   There is a saying in the film industry that you’re only as good as your last movie. Luckily, choreographer Ohad Naharin is better than his Last Work.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Israel Galván: FLA.CO.MEN, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Atlanta Ballet in 2014 feted its artistic director emeritus with a gala ball. Kelsey Ebersold, an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet at the time, is pictured along with Robert Barnett in costume for Barnett's Fascinatin' Rhythm.© Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Robert Barnett, former New York City Ballet dancer and longtime Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Robert Barnett joined New York City Ballet in 1949. In those early years he worked closely with Balanchine and Robbins particularly before going on to direct Atlanta Ballet. Now 91 he is still actively involved in dance and passing on all he knows…

LCDance in Comrades in the Dark.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2017: Elisha Hamilton Dance, Natalie Sloth Richter and LCDance

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Silvia Farias-Heredia in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Masurca Fogo – London

★★★★✰   How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.

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