Author: Bruce Marriott

Bruce Marriott is editor of DanceTabs

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Giuliano Contadini with Hannah Bateman as Henriette in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – Leeds

★★★★✰   This is Northern Ballet firing on all dramatic cylinders – a fine show made great by the entire company.

Vanessa Fenton's Methuselah.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Vanessa Fenton – Bouncing back and new works presented in Siobhan Davies and Clore Studios

After a few years below the radar Vanessa Fenton has been quietly bouncing back choreographically and this month presented her own double bill at Siobhan Davies Dance Studies and once again contributed a piece to the Royal Ballet’s latest Draft Works bill.

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

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   Overall I came away impressed by an intelligent multimedia show that really makes you think about your views and how they have been influenced by what you see and hear…

Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet in Tree of Codes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet – Tree of Codes – London

★★★★✰   Tree of Codes …shows McGregor as an out-and-out showman who dazzles us senseless with design, music, dancers and dance. I’m not sure if he really planned it that way, but I’ll take it every time.

Cira Robinson in Red Riding Hood by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood – London

★★★✰✰   It’s rather a scandal that Ballet Black get no regular Arts Council support and yet proportionally they do far more to put new work out there and also before a public that is not your usual ballet crowd.

Julie Cunningham.© Amy Sinead Photography. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Julie Cunningham, about choreographing, her link to Rambert and starting her own company…

Julie Cunningham on Twitter www.rambert.org.uk Julie Cunningham and Company make their debut at the Barbican Theatre on the 8-11 March 2017. Full Details A busy time for Julie Cunningham – this last year…

Publicty image for Watts Dance's WLA No.657005.© Cecilia Watts. (Click image for larger version)

Watts Dance, John Livingston Dance, Alice Weber and Ben Saffer – Place Resolution 2017

★★★✰✰   The one thing you can be assured of when you step over the threshold of the Place’s Resolution season is surprise.

Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran in Material Man redux.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Material Man Redux – Nottingham

★★★✰✰   Material Man redux is a fascinating work that combines disparate dance styles and commonwealth history into a seamless piece of work that really makes you think about where we have come from and might go.

Hagit Yakira.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Hagit Yakira about her latest tour and approach to creating dance

Founded eight years ago Hagit Yakira Dance are steadily becoming more widely known as they tour increasingly – which is what they are currently doing. We have a word with the boss about this particular tour and her approach to creating accessible and entertaining work…

Nolly - Noluyanda Mqulwana.© Circus Der Sinne. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Noluyanda Mqulwana, dancer and choreographer with Mother Africa

Tanzania-based Circus of the Senses are presenting their internationally-toured Mother Africa at London’s Peacock in February/March. We have a word with dancer and choreographer Noluyanda Mqulwana (Nolly)…

Mavin Khoo.© Mavin Khoo. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Mavin Khoo – Artistic Director ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, choreographer, rehearsal director

Malta’s national contemporary dance company, ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, are touring to the UK for the first time – we have a word with Artistic Director Mavin Khoo…

Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales in rehersal for Giselle.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★✰✰   Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales delivered a good professional show, if it was not the runaway success I had perhaps hoped for.

Dew Drop fairies in Hansel and Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel – Glasgow

★★★★✰   …a great communal effort by the whole company and one that stretches out to embrace kids in the cities it plays to – showing new generations how relevant and effortlessly entertaining ballet can be.

ZooNation in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Alice Pennefather, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

★★★★✰   ZooNation’s “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” has come a long way as a thoughtful Royal Opera House alternative to the Royal Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Dane Hurst, Estela Merlos, Mathieu Geffre and Hannah Kidd in Didy Veldman's The Happiness Project.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Umanoove / Didy Veldman – The Happiness Project – Bracknell

★★★✰✰   Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show – but they really need presenting in a less cryptic way than they are here. But do go to see great contemporary dancers and a great violinist strut their stuff and enjoy it for that…

Didy Veldman.© Mia-Bo Powney. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Didy Veldman – on forming and touring her new company, Umanoove

Choreographer Didy Veldman has just formed her own company – Umanoove – and is off touring her latest work, called “The Happiness Project”. Time for a brief 5 questions interview we thought…

Harry Alexander and Benjamin Warbis in the Satie Studs, Ogive 4, section of to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Clark Company – to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song – London

★★★★✰   Whenever I see Michael Clark’s company I usually come away energised and uplifted. Nobody fuses ballet to a youthful modern world like Clark does or reminds you that it’s a tough technique that’s been around a long time.

Constance Devernay in Sophie Laplane's Sibilo.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Emergence, Sibilo, Drawn to Drone – Glasgow

★★★★★   It’s perhaps a term too often used, but “It doesn’t get better than this” is what came immediately to mind at the end.

Tyrone Singleton (Caliban) in David Bintley's The Tempest.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Tempest (premiere) – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   In a nutshell Bintley’s Tempest is a visual triumph but feels slight choreographically and you’d be well advised to mug up on the story before seeing it.

Alina Cojocaru in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle (Khan premiere) – Manchester

★★★✰✰   As UK ballet commissions go, it’s probably the most anticipated of the season and really a career defining decision by Tamara Rojo. This is the way dance moves forward, by the art talking creative risk and if it’s not the full ten tenths yet, then it’s another solid step along the way…

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