Author: Graham Watts

Dance Writer/Critic. Member of the Critics' Circle, Chairman of the Dance Section and National Dance Awards Committee. Writes for leading dance magazines & websites - in UK, Europe, USA, Japan & cyberspace. Graham is based in London.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
Cesar Morales.© Andres Cabezas. (Click image for larger version)

Cesar Morales – Principal Dancer, Birmingham Royal Ballet

So how did a good Chilean boy end up dancing ballet in Europe…

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in La Sylphide.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Song of the Earth, La Sylphide – Manchester

★★★★✰   The ENB production of La Sylphide has been staged by three luminaries of Danish ballet, Frank Andersen, Eva Kloborg and Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, and is, therefore, one supposes, as authentic to the August Bournonville ideals, as possible…

Avatara Ayuso.© Daniel Minguez. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions for Avatâra Ayuso, Dancer, Choreographer and Director

Graham Watts catches up with the well connected Avatâra Ayuso who has just been appointed Associate Artist at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance…

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) – London

★★★★★   The words “90 minutes, no interval” generally fill me with dread.

Cirque Eloize in Saloon.© Jim Mneymneh | www.PhotosDeCirque.com | Courtoisie du Cirque Éloize. (Click image for larger version)

Cirque Eloize – Saloon – London

★★★★✰   There has to be something in Canada’s water, especially in the beautiful city of Québec…

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Cinderella.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Cinderella – St. Petersburg

★★★★★   It seems appropriate that I’ve travelled to Russia to find a Cinderella interpreter of movement and spectacle to match up to the genius of Prokofiev’s music.

Nicholas Minns and Mark Boldin in They Live Next Door.© Judita Kuniskyte. (Click image for larger version)

Ieva Kuniskis – They Live Next Door – London

★★★★✰   Lithuania punches well above its weight as a propagator of modern dance and it is a pleasure and a privilege to have one of its leading cultural exports based here in the UK.

Beniamin Citkowski surrounded by “The Brides of Dracula” in Eros Thanatos.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Bialy Teatr Tanca Izadory Weiss – Eros Thanatos – Warsaw

★★★★✰   Biały Teatr Tańca (it means White Dance Theatre), is a new vehicle for the work of the uber-talented choreographer, Izadora Weiss, a protégé of the great Jiri Kylian…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   A production that seems destined to become a masterpiece of early 21st Century contemporary ballet.

Valentina Fermenti in DeadClub™.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Requardt & Rosenberg – DeadClub™ – London

★★★✰✰   It is a fascinating show, especially if you can bear to stand in warm surroundings for an hour…

The cast of Tanguera.© Herbert Schulze. (Click image for larger version)

Tanguera – London

★★✰✰✰   This story sounds a lot more interesting than it played out on stage where… it was one long bore, punctuated occasionally by some arresting dance sequences.

Sisters Grimm's Voices of the Amazon.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Sisters Grimm – Voices of the Amazon – London

★★★✰✰   By far the best of this production – more musical theatre, than dance – was the outstanding score and songbook from Ella Spira…

Brave New Worlds in Trinity.© Camila Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Brave New Worlds – Trinity – London

★★★✰✰   There were times in the hour-long performance when the sensory overload kicked in and one started to be more conscious of the heat inside the chapel…

Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

Javier Torres in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – London

★★★★✰   In his new ballet, Kenneth Tindall takes Casanova on an epic adventure in absorbing dance theatre that aligns his inventive choreography and mime with a strong and exciting narrative…

James Thierrée and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – London

★★✰✰✰   There is no sense of who these people are, or why they are there.

Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Scattered.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Scattered – London

★★★★✰   Weaker choreography might easily be overshadowed by the monumental capacity of the set and motion graphics, but Finnan’s work is equally imposing…

Sir Matthew Bourne with the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – An Appreciation on his winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Graham Watts’ citation, made before the presentation – a major appreciation of a huge star of dance and theatre…

Shelley Eva Haden, Shanelle Clemenson, Ryan Munroe, Harriet Ellis and Joao Maio in MK Ultra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Kay has produced a visually exciting and sexy work based on a theory that is all clearly nonsense.

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Tarantiseismic – London

★★✰✰✰   Reviewing a youth dance company is always a tricky thing. These are not professional dancers although everything else about the production is a professional show.

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