October 2018
Jennifer France and National Dance Company Wales dancers in Pascal Dusapin's Passion.© Clive Barda. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales/Music Theatre Wales – Pascal Dusapin’s Passion – London

★★★★✰   Pascal Dusapin’s dance opera Passion is a minimalist affair. There are no ornate sets or costumes, no crowds of characters or elaborate plotlines to consume them. Instead we’re presented with a snapshot of two anonymous lovers…

Via Katlehong Dance in Via Kanana.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Via Katlehong Dance and Gregory Maqoma – Via Kanana – London

★★★★✰   This show was a blast of South African pantsula, a township dance movement that has drawn influences from everything from tribal dances to hip hop…

Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything that Rises Must Dance.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sasha Milavic Davies’ Everything that Rises Must Dance

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything that Rises Must Dance.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Milavic Davies – Everything that Rises Must Dance – London

★★★★✰   One of the highlights of Dance Umbrella’s 40th anniversary was watching 200 women perform Everything that Rises Must Dance…

m/y by Julie Cunningham.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva and Alesandra Seutin – Reckonings bill – London

★★★✰✰   Reckonings celebrates the 20th anniversary of the reopening of Sadler’s Wells after its rebuild. Rather than commemorate previous successes, it presents three new works commissioned from emerging UK choreographers as a deliberate statement of belief in the future.

Eleanor Hullihan, Lee Serle, Jin Ju Song Begin and Marc Crousillat in Long Run.© Ben McKeown. (Click image for larger version)

Tere O’Connor Dance – Long Run – New York

★★★✰✰   Long Run is maniacally well constructed, intently and precisely performed, vigorous, and smart, and yet almost completely resistant to interpretation.

Igor and Moreno in Idiot-Syncrasy.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Igor and Moreno – Idiot-Syncrasy – London

★★★✰✰   The clue is in the title. Although there is a small section of partnered dance towards the end, this is about conjoined peculiarity…

Claire Souet & Barnaby Rook Bishop in Sophie Laplane's Oxymore - her first stunning work for the company and danced at the 50th Anniversary Season Launch in London.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Scottish Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season Launch in London

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

BLKDOG by Botis Seva.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Reckonings bill with works by Julie Cunningham, Alesandra Seutin and Botis Seva

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Natalia Osipova and Ryoichi Hirano in Mayerling.© Helen Maybanks, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Mayerling – London

★★★★✰   Osipova is lethally orgasmic… Never has MacMilllan’s choreography for the death duet seemed so astounding as in her account of it.

Chris Hampson.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Director, on celebrating the companies 50th anniversary in 2019 & future plans

Scottish Ballet have just announced plans for their Fiftieth Anniversary in 2019, including three world premieres – we have the full press release and touch-base with CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson about the celebrations and what happens beyond…

Sara Mearns in Dances of Isadora Duncan.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance 2018, Program 1 – Boston Ballet, Sara Mearns, Caleb Teicher & Co, Cie Hervé Koubi – New York

★★★★✰   On the second night the program was offered, Mearns was stunning, but the remaining three pieces, by three different companies were, to varying degrees, engaging, although hers was a tough act to follow.

Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in Mayerling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Mayerling

Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson cast. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alonzo King LINES Ballet in Common Ground.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Handel, Common Ground (world premiere with Kronos Quartet) – San Francisco

★★★★✰   For those dance fans who are also music devotees, this bill is a must see.

Wen Hui's Red.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Wen Hui – Red – London

★★★✰✰   It reminds you powerfully that the Chinese Cultural Revolution has a living legacy…

Rauf Yasitin Epilogue.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

William Forsythe – A Quiet Evening of Dance – London

★★★★✰   Forsythe is surprising himself and his audience with new discoveries of what bodies and ballets can do.

Carlos Acosta in Rooster.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza – Carlos Acosta: A Celebration bill – London

★★★✰✰   There was a lot here to enjoy. This may have been a celebration of three decades in dance, but there was no nostalgia here…

Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant's Taj Express.© Taj Express. (Click image for larger version)

Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant’s Taj Express – London

The Merchants of Bollywood are back, this time with “Taj Express”. Graham Watts on thin plots and a glittery parade of happiness. ★★★✰✰

Julian Warner and Oliver Zahn in Situation With Doppelganger: Essay Performance.© Nicole Wytyczak. (Click image for larger version)

Hauptaktion at London’s Collisions Festival 2018 – Examing cultural appropriation and Minstrel shows

Thoughtful report about thoughtful work that probes and presents how the dance of yesterday and today borrows and distorts the culture of others. Makes you think!

Rosas in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's The Six Brandenburg Concertos.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – The Six Brandenburg Concertos – New York

★★★★✰   At moments, I was ecstatically aware of the beauty of the body in motion.

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