June 2018
Nederlands Dans Theater in The Statement.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater – Shoot the Moon, Woke up Blind, The Statement, Stop-Motion – London

★★★★✰   World-class dancers… it’s the dancers’ polish and power that raises all they do up another level.

Nederlands Dans Theater in Stop-Motion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater in Stop-Motion and The Statement

Works by Crystal Pite, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Devon Teuscher in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★★✰   Devon Teuscher has done her time, and the results are breathtaking…

Aidan Gibson and Casey Ouzounis in Neue Suite (Berio 1-2-3).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Semperoper Ballett – In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Neue Suite, Enemy in the Figure – London

★★★✰✰   Semperoper’s dancers distort the classical ballet line more than the Paris Opera Ballet’s (or ENB’s) and don’t bother much with fifth positions or precise épaulement for Forsythe’s endless tendus. They seem contemporary dancers rather than étoiles being outrageous.

Paul Lightfoot.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

5 questions for Paul Lightfoot, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater is paying London’s Sadler’s Wells a short visit (26-29 June) with an interesting bill of works by Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke & the duo Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon.

Woyzeck: Thomas Pickles surrounded by the community ensemble.© Graeme Braidwood. (Click image for larger version)

Leo Butler, Roxana Silbert and Rosie Kay – Woyzeck – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   As Woyzeck productions go this was rather different featuring just two professional actors, supported by a community company of over 80 who supplied the other named roles but for the most part super-colourful reality and dancing. For me, it’s their show and the big reason to see the staging.

Semperoper Ballett in Enemy in the Figure.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Semperoper Ballett in All Forsythe triple bill

Featuring “Enemy in the Figure”, “Neue Suite” & “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated”. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alexandra Waierstall's And here we meet.© Katja Illner. (Click image for larger version)

Alexandra Waierstall – And here we meet – London

★★✰✰✰   Waierstall explores themes of extinction through the impact of humans on the earth’s geology and ecosystems. While thematically and visually intriguing, And here we meet lacks coherence…

Janis Claxton.© Janis Claxton Dance. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Janis Claxton, Choreographer, about POP-UP Duets’ world success and her approach to creating dance

Edinburgh based Janis Claxton Dance are half way through their latest tour of the critically acclaimed POP-UP Duets and currently performing at the renowned Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, with further festival…

Yukiko Masui and Maddy Morgan in Smack That.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rhiannon Faith – Smack That (a conversation) – London

★★★★✰   Rhiannon Faith’s hard-hitting show coats the horrors of domestic violence in the saccharine sweetness of a girly party.

Paris Opera Ballet in The Seasons’ Canon.© Agathe Poupeney / OnP. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Thierrée /​ Shechter /​ Pérez /​ Pite – Paris

★★★★✰   Crystal Pite’s work stands out as the crowd-pleaser. With huge cheers and applause, we rise to our feet for the dancers.

Brandon Lawrence and Delia Matthews in Embrace.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Polarity & Proximity: Kin., Embrace, In The Upper Room – London

★★★✰✰   Williamson’s commission – the first of an ambitious Ballet Now programme for new works – was themed on issues of gender and alienation, with Brandon Lawrence being a man struggling for identity…

Zurich Ballet in Swan Lake.© Carlos Quezada. (Click image for larger version)

Zurich Ballet – Swan Lake – Zurich

★★★✰✰   But, at least to my eye, the production’s triumph is its final lakeside act. There, the formations of swans, as originally choreographed by Lev Ivanov, become intricate, delicate, lyrical, and intensely moving.

Brandon Lawrence, with Lachlan Monaghan, Haoliang Feng and Aitor Galende in Embrace.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Embrace and Kin

BRB in George Williamson’s new “Embrace” and Alexander Whitley’s 2014 hit “Kin”. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Daniel McCormick, Emerging Dancer Competition winner, performing Le Corsaire.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

2018 English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition – performance and results

For the first time, English National Ballet’s competition for its junior members was held in the capacious London Coliseum, where the company has been performing The Sleeping Beauty…

Francesca Hayward and Matthew Ball (The Royal Ballet) in Bach Forms, choreography by Wayne McGregor.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

Dance@TheGrange – Curated by Wayne McGregor & Edward Watson – Grange Festival, Hampshire

★★★★✰   McGregor’s company dancers (in Bach Forms) brought a surging energy, buoying up jewel-like moments from the Royal Ballet stars…

Yasuo Atsuji and Nao Sakuma in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet

With Nao Sakuma and Yasuo Atsuji in the lead roles. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Momoko Hirata in Romeo and Juliet.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

★★★★✰   It was a fine team performance from the company but particular honours go to Momoko Hirata’s Juliet who let us know what she was thinking and feeling at every moment.

Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold: Dans, for Satan/ (dance, dammit!).© Tale Hendnes. (Click image for larger version)

Splayed Festival with Florence Peake and Eve Stainton, Sheena McGrandles, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold – London

★★★✰✰   Curated by dance artist Amy Bell, Splayed seeks to mess up stereotypical, heterosexual representations of the female body and replace them with other dynamic alternatives.

Yukiko Masui in Smack That.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rhiannon Faith’s Smack That

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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