Author: Bruce Marriott

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Jenna Lee.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Jenna Lee, freelance choreographer, on her creative world and working with New English Ballet Theatre…

We talk to Jenna Lee about her work – The Four Seasons – for New English Ballet Theatre’s autumn tour this September and October. That and about her wider choreographic practice…

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.

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.

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…

The 2018 ENB Emerging Dancer finalists: Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Giorgio Garrett, Daniel McCormick, Francesca Velicu and Connie Vowles.© Karolina Kuras. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2018 Competition – 5 Questions to 6 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 11 June and ahead of the that we talk to the finalists – Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Giorgio Garrett, Daniel McCormick, Francesca Velicu and Connie Vowles…

Kizzy Matiakis in the lead image for The Queen of Spades.© Camilla Winther. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – The Queen of Spades – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   The good news is that Queen of Spades is a good-looking crowd pleaser and the RDB dancers look fantastic in it – I can’t emphasise that enough. Also good that it’s a step up from his last commission, Frankenstein – thank goodness, really.

Scottish Ballet – Highland Fling – Lerwick

★★★★★   What Scottish Ballet wanted to do was take the full experience out to the Highlands and Islands. So the good folks in Lerwick (capital of the Shetland Isles, population 7,500) saw was the same show they got in Edinburgh and Glasgow…

Viviana Durante.© David Scheinmann. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante on her company and its showcasing of early Kenneth MacMillan works at the Barbican

Viviana Durante on her company and its showcasing of early Kenneth MacMillan works at London’s Barbican on 18 — 21 Apr 2018. Bruce Marriott talks to one of the foremost MacMillan interpreters about her MacMillan celebration showcasing 3 very rarely seen works.

Wende and Dutch National Ballet in Last Resistance.© Hans Gerritsen. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet – Dutch Doubles: Impermanence, Two and Only, Déjà vu, Last Resistance – Amsterdam

★★★★✰   Dutch National Ballet’s Dutch Doubles quad bill features 3 new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ernst Meisner and Wubkje Kuindersma plus a classic piece, new to the company, from the legend that is Hans van Manen.

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.

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.

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5 Questions to Mark Bruce about his latest dance-theatre work – Macbeth

As his new Macbeth starts its UK tour with Jonathan Goddard in the lead, we have a very quick chat with award winning choreographer Mark Bruce…

Duwane Taylor's It's Time to Speak.© Irven Lewis. (Click image for larger version)

Watts Dance, Grov Productions and Duwane Taylor – Place Resolution 2018

★★★✰✰   Duwane Taylor’s “It’s Time to Speak”… is powerful theatre that left a lump in many of our throats at the end.

Arancha Baselga and Brandon Lawrence in The Nutcracker.© Annabel Moeller. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   Peter Wright’s glorious ballet might not shine quite so magically in its Bintley/Albert Hall version but the dancers certainly do…

Corey Annand and Valentina Golfieri in The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

★★★★★   Of all the shows I’ve seen this year this probably had the least dance content and yet as a package it really delivers on the wonder and thoughtful difference that theatre can make to all our lives. Charmed I was…

Ljiljana Velimirov, Tom Waddington & Sergei Polunin in Satori.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Project Polunin – Satori, First Solo, Scriabiniana – London

★★✰✰✰   In truth Polunin’s latest show at the London Coliseum, although it has its moments, isn’t such a great advertisement for him as a dancer or as a creative mixer of the ballet pot.

Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Satori.© Srđan Srđenović. (Click image for larger version)

Sergei Polunin – Dancer, Choreographer & Actor – on his new London show and life…

On the eve of his new London show, which includes two premieres and a rarely seen piece of early Russian contemporary ballet, we catch up with Polunin about the shows and life in general. He’s clearly a man who wants to leave his mark…

J'aime Crandall in Raymonda.© Henrik Stenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Raymonda – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   All up, I think this production demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of “Raymonda” as a ballet. It certainly is a fabulous looking (and listening) calling card which might tour well…

Svetlana Zakharova and Bolshoi friends in Strokes Through the Tail.© Jack Davant. (Click image for larger version)

Svetlana Zakharova – Amore: Francesca da Rimini, Rain before it Falls, Strokes Through the Tail – London

★★★✰✰   Happy for Zakharova who ultimately curated an interesting night, very happy to see her retinue of Bolshoi dancers and happy to see Donlon provide such final good cheer.

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