March 2018
Motionhouse in Charge.© Dan Tucker. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Charge – London

★★✰✰✰   The theme of Charge was energy – how electricity shapes our world and powers our bodies and minds; it was created with the input of scientists at the University of Oxford.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November with Jose Alves in Cathy Marston's The Suit.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – The Suit, A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

★★★★★   Another year and another terrific bill from Ballet Black, mixing two strong and sophisticated works from much sought after international choreographers. …one of the company’s finest nights.

New York Theatre Ballet in Septet.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Septet, Rondo, Concertino, Wings/A Petroushka Collage – New York

★★★✰✰   New York Theatre Ballet’s director, Diana Byer, is known for dusting off the dance history books, and giving a dose of challenging revivals. This time NYTB joins may companies around the country and indeed, the world, in celebrating Jerome Robbins’ centennial…

Calvin Richardson and Joseph Sissons in Wayne McGregor's Yugen.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Bernstein Centenary: Yugen, The Age of Anxiety, Corybantic Games – London

★★★✰✰   Leonard Bernstein wrote (in 1949): “I have a deep suspicion that every work I write, for whatever medium, is really theatre music in some way.’ Many choreographers have taken up the challenge, though his quasi-metaphysical musings have usually eluded them: dance is more corporeal than music.

Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse Co-Founder and Artistic Director.© Motionhouse. (Click image for larger version)

Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse artistic director, on creating their latest work – Charge

“I wanted to make a show about energy and I wanted to tell it through the human body…”

Ebony Thomas and Jose Alves in Arthur Pita's A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in The Suit and A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Mia J. Chong, Tegan Schwab and Brandon Freeman in Brenda Way's News of the World.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

ODC/Dance – News of the World, What we carry What we keep – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   News of the World was charged from beginning to end, filled with messages of gender-based orchestration, control and manipulation. Way brilliantly interpreted these themes…

Maresa von Stockert's Constructions of Thin Air.© Lee Carter. (Click image for larger version)

Tilted Productions – Constructions of Thin Air – London

★★★✰✰   Constructions of Air evocatively suggests our relationship with the past, our own histories, memories and how we make sense of change.

David Donnelly, Charlotte Tonkinson, David Yudes, Isabella Gasparini, Kevin Emerton and Camille Bracher in Christopher Wheeldon's Corybantic Games.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Bernstein Centenary triple bill incl new McGregor & Wheeldon

The Bernstein Centenary bill includes new works by Christopher Wheeldon (Corybantic Games) and Wayne McGregor (Yugen). Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety completes the bill. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

From 1998, Motionhouse in Faking It.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Motionhouse at 30

Motionhouse are celebrating their 30th anniversary and we thought it would be terrific to review and toast their success with some great pictures taken over those 30 years.

Emilie Karlsen in Rush.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Joss Arnott Dance – A Movement in 3, V, Rush – Bracknell

★★★✰✰   Strangely neither the Arnott website or the programme highlight or say much about why the company is all female. I’m not against single-sex companies and the BalletBoyz show how effective it can be… but it seems too restrictive a vision here.

Nicolas Vendange, Megan Armishaw and Mickaella Dantas in Face In.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Candoco Dance Company – Face In, Let’s Talk About Dis – London

★★★✰✰   …the latest double bill from this company of disabled and non-disabled dancers was playfully discombobulating and mischievously rambunctious.

Jonathan Starr, Sebastien Kapps, Andy Newman, Annabel Knobbs, Dulcie Fraser, Francis Knight, Rosalind Topping, Oemi Seyono, Mary Impey, Bruce Currie and Viv Peyton in Journeys of Internal Migration.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2018: Counterpoint Dance Company in Journeys of Internal Migration

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Company Wayne McGregor in Autobiography.© Richard Davies. (Click image for larger version)

Company Wayne McGregor – Autobiography – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   There were some standout moments but generally I found that the vignettes didn’t seem all that different from one to the next….

Dana Fouras & Russell Maliphant in Duet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – maliphantworks2: Critical Mass, Two Times Two, Still, Duet – London

★★★★✰   Duet, the new work for Maliphant and Fouras closes the programme. This has a surprisingly eclectic soundtrack. After bursts of static as if from a radio, a vintage recording of Una furtive lacrima tenderly sung by Caruso…

Ballet British Columbia in Solo Echo.© Wendy D. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet British Columbia – 16+ a room, Solo Echo, Bill – London

★★★✰✰   Crystal Pite’s Solo Echo, originally made for Nederlands Dans Theater, was the undoubted highlight of the evening. Built around two Brahms sonatas…

John Eirich and Lindsey Jones in Rockefellers.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Harkness Dance Festival program – New York

★★★✰✰   As part of the 92nd Street Y’s annual Harkness Dance Festival, John Heginbotham’s company performed a brief, manageable program of solos and duets on Friday, including several New York premieres.

Amy Bell's The Forecast.© Hetain Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Bell – The Forecast – London

★★★★✰   Bell’s brave work although addressing us all in our fluctuating states of being, speaks out especially to queer women, non-binary and trans people.

Ballet British Columbia in 16+ a room.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet British Columbia in 16+ a room

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Living Room Circus's The Penguin & I.© Miriam Strong. (Click image for larger version)

New Writers on New Dance at Place Resolution 2018 (part 2)

Part 2 features reviews by Emma Boxall, Coral Montejano Cantoral, Emma Iskowitz and Francesca Marotto…

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