February 2018
Panta Rei Dance Theatre in Lullaby.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Panta Rei Dance Theatre – Lullaby – New York

★★✰✰✰   With its theme of masculinity, Panta Rei Dance Theatre’s Lullaby seems a timely choice for the Norwegian company’s Stateside debut…

Compañía Rafaela Carrasco in Born a Shadow.© Beatriz Monclar. (Click image for larger version)

Compañía Rafaela Carrasco – Born a Shadow – London

★★★★✰   Born a Shadow: Compañía Rafaela Carrasco’s inspired show had a powerful narrative drive.

Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona.© Beatrix Mexi Molnar. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona – Ímpetus – London

★★★✰✰   Ímpetus promised a mix of modern ballet with traditional flamenco, a show shaped by new interpretations of classic Spanish music…

Part of Akademi flyer for The Troth.© Akademi. (Click image for larger version)

Akademi – The Troth – Leicester

★★★★★   The Troth is a gripping experience of a shared heritage. It’s convincingly told as a moving story of love and sacrifice, set in an all-too-familiar context of First World War horror seen through unfamiliar eyes…

Vincent Chavez and Crystaldawn Bell rehearsing Bootstrap Tales.© Steve Disenhof. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Moses’ Kin – Bootstrap Tales (premiere), Speaking Ill of the Dead, Trapdoors/Trickbags/Painted Corners, Lucifer’s Prance – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The choreography for Bootstrap Tales abides in a place where possibility, gumption and empowerment meet. The atmosphere of moving forward is palpable.

La Chana and Gema Moneo in Goddess of Compás.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gala Flamenca La Chana – Goddess of Compás – London

★★★★✰   Rarely have I witnessed a prolonged standing ovation midway through a show but it happened here to acknowledge the legendary gypsy bailaora from Barcelona, known as La Chana.

Úrsula López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal – Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – London

★★★★✰   In each section of Painter and Flamenco the dancers personify not only the spirit and energy of de Torres’ portraits but also the poetry of his art.

Claudia de Serpa Soares.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Claudia de Serpa Soares on dancing and all things Körper – Sasha Waltz’s legendary work, about to return to London

Claudia de Serpa Soares is performing with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Körper on the 1 – 3 March 2018 at London’s Sadler’s Wells – full details www.facebook.com/claudia.d.soares.52 www.sashawaltz.de www.sadlerswells.com Sasha Waltz &…

EunWon Lee and Gian Carlo Perez in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Washington

★★★✰✰   A strikingly beautiful ballerina, with a lissome body and expressive features, EunWon Lee is an ideal Juliet…

La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Gala Flamenca La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

2017 National Dance Awards – The winners.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Zenaida Yanowsky and Alina Cojocaru - respective winners of the Best Female Dancer and Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) awards.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2017

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Monica Mason and Lorraine Gregory consulting the notation.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Foundation Masterclass with Monica Mason coaching the Spanish Dance from Swan Lake and the Fairy of Joy from Sleeping Beauty

February’s masterclass, the fifth in the series, featured choreography from the start and end of Frederick Ashton’s tenure as artistic director of the Royal Ballet, 1963-1969.

Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet and Romeo - A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life & Happy Marriage – London

★★★✰✰   Ben Duke’s speciality, in the works he devises for Lost Dog, the company he founded in 2004 with Raquel Meseguer, is conflating high art with low life – epic literature with everyday banalities.

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2017 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

Congratulations to all from DanceTabs…

Úrsula López, Leonor Leal and Tamara López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal in Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

María Pagés Compañía in Yo Carmen.© David Ruano. (Click image for larger version)

María Pagés Compañía – Yo Carmen – London

★★★✰✰   Yo Carmen was originally billed as a radical reimagining of Bizet’s opera and that’s not exactly the case. Don’t go along to this thinking that you will see any representation of the story with gypsies and bullfighters, or any male characters dancing.

Sadler's Wells publicity image for Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia's Tempo of Light.© Sadler's Wells. (Click image for larger version)

Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia – Tempo of Light – London

★★★★★   This was flamenco puro in its most fabulous form, dominated – as it should be – by the voice, led by three of the most celebrated of today’s star flamenco singers. It doesn’t get much better.

San Francisco Ballet in Thatcher's Ghost in the Machine.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – On a Theme of Paganini, Ibsen’s House, Ghost in the Machine – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   This mixed triple bill is made up of work created on the company by artists in the SFB family: On a Theme of Paganini by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, Ibsen’s House by Principal Character dancer Val Caniparoli and Ghost in the Machine by Myles Thatcher, part of the corps de ballet since 2010.

Ryoichi Hirano and Laura Morera in The Winter’s Tale.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

★★★✰✰   The return of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale in its third revival since 2014 brings newcomers to its many meaty roles. It also introduces new audience members to one of Shakespeare’s late plays, with its convoluted plot.

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