November 2018
Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble: Layla and Majnun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble – Layla and Majnun – London

★★★✰✰   Mark Morris’s Layla and Majnun is a music concert with dancing, lamenting a love that cannot be. It’s an age-old story, spread across continents and centuries.

Nicole Sabella in Layla and Majnun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Photographed by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aishwarya Raut and Conor Kerrigan in E2 7SD by Rafael Bonachela.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert2 + Rambert – Grey Matter, E2 7SD, Killer Pig, Ghost Dances – London

★★★★✰   Rambert’s latest programme is a night of hellos and goodbyes, marking the debut of the company’s new standalone junior faction, Rambert2, as well the final performance of a repertory favourite, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.

Aura Fischbeck Dance in DUSK.© Claire Duplantier. (Click image for larger version)

Aura Fischbeck Dance – DUSK – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   DUSK had a lot going for it. First was the overall concept. DUSK challenges the viewer to not only acknowledge the idea of transformation, but to consider what lies beneath.

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

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Rosie Kay’s MK Ultra is an ambitious project which tackles complex thematic sources – conspiracy theories, brain washing and mind-control, not to mention myths about secret societies such as the Illuminati…

Mayara Magri makes her debut as Gamzatti in La Bayadere on 14th November 2018.© and courtesy The Royal Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Mayara Magri, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

Jann Parry talks to the recently promoted Mayara Magri at an important time – she is about to make her debut as Gamzatti in The Royal Ballet’s production of La Bayadere – her first major and leading role in the company she joined 6 years ago…

#JeSuis by Aakash Odedra Company.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aakash Odedra Company in #JeSuis

Photographed at Sadler’s Wells by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Polina Semionova in La Bayadère.© Yan Revazov. (Click image for larger version)

Staatsballett Berlin – La Bayadère (premiere of Ratmansky reconstruction) – Berlin

★★★★✰   In the last several years, the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has developed a sideline to his main choreographic efforts: the reviving of ballets by Marius Petipa in a way that represents the original choreography with as much fidelity as possible…

Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou in touching.just.© Manos Arvanitakis. (Click image for larger version)

Andrea Costanzo Martini and Aris Papadopoulos / Martha Pasakopoulou – Aerowaves 2bill – London

★★★✰✰   After all these years, here is evidence – if any were needed – that the Aerowaves experiment continues to showcase great talent.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Contagion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Contagion – London

★★★★✰   Overshadowed by the atrocities of WWI, which is commemorated loudly and frequently, the killer Spanish Flu, which killed an estimated 50-100 million people, is at last fittingly acknowledged on its 100th anniversary in Shobana Jeyasingh’s work Contagion.

Natalia Osipova and Vadim Muntagirov in La Bayadère.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Bayadère – London

★★★★✰   In the past, the Royal Ballet’s version, last performed five years ago, has sometimes seemed insubstantial. Not so this time, with a luxury cast in full dramatic mode: Vadim Muntagirov, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova and Gary Avis…

Matthias Sperling, Now That We Know.© Artwork - Victoria Ford. Image - Wellcome Trust Images. (Click image for larger version)

Matthias Sperling – Now That We Know – London

★★✰✰✰   Matthias Sperling’s Now That We Know explores a long-running preoccupation of dancemakers and academics alike: how performance invokes and reflects the mind-body connection.

Meshach Henry, Imogen Alvares, Conor Kerrigan, Antonello Sangirardi and Darlyn Perez in Killer Pig by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert2 in E2 7SD, Killer Pig, Grey Matter

Works by Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela and Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar, photographed by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Delia Mathews and artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Ignite.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Fire and Fury: The King Dances, Ignite – London

★★★✰✰   David Bintley, who steps down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet at the end of the 2018/2019 season, describes the current double bill as ‘two ballets fuelled by power and politics’.

Sunbee Han in Contagion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Contagion

Photographed at the British Library by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Miami City Ballet in Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

City Center Balanchine Festival – Miami City Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet

★★★✰✰   It’s fascinating to see how Balanchinean charm and wit are interpreted by dancers for whom the Balanchine repertoire is more of a foreign language.

Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Eddie Nixon, new Artistic Director of The Place

Eddie Nixon has just been appointed as The Place’s Artistic Director – Graham Watts is first to interview him about his new role and plans…

Marianela Núñez in La Bayadère.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in La Bayadère

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou of the Muntagirov, Osipova and Nuñez cast.

Didy Veldman.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Didy Veldman, Choreographer and Umanoove Director

Didy Veldman’s Umanoove are about to tour her latest work – The Knot – an examination of the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. Diane Parkes has a word about the work and what makes Veldman tick

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