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
Erik Kaiel in London.© Erik Kaiel / Dance Umbrella. (Click image for larger version)

Erik Kaiel – teacher, performer and choreographer on his works for Arch8 as part of Dance Umbrella 2016

5 Questions to Erik Kaiel on his choreography and works for Arch8 as part of Dance Umbrella 2016…

David Bintley in the studio rehearsing The Tempest.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

David Bintley, choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, on his latest work – The Tempest

David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is a prolific choreographer and just about to unveil his latest full evening work – The Tempest. Graham Watts went to talk to him about a work, that after 30 years of consideration, has found its time and proper custom score…

Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue – Shanghai Ballet’s stars of Echoes of Eternity

After a successful season of Patrick de Bana’s Jane Eyre, back in 2013, Shanghai Ballet returns to the London Coliseum with the same choreographer’s Echoes of Eternity – we catch up with the stars of it – Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue.

Emio Greco.© Alwin Poiana. (Click image for larger version)

Emio Greco – Choreographer and Director on Ballet National de Marseille’s Body.Dance.Nation.City and more

5 Questions to Emio Greco, choreographer and director of Ballet National de Marseille (with Pieter C. Scholten) on their “Body.Dance.Nation.City” which is being presented at London’s Southbank Centre later this week – 5-6 August 2016

Maria Vega Dance Company in A Dancer's Journey.© David Cancelado. (Click image for larger version)

Maria Vega Dance Company – A Dancer’s Journey – London

★★★★✰   Vega has assembled an impressive team for the first leg of her new dance company’s journey. However, she is the talisman throughout.

Hofesh Shechter Company in tHE bAD.© Gabriele Zucca. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – barbarians trilogy – London

★★✰✰✰   A psychology degree might have been helpful in analysing Hofesh Shechter’s first triple bill; here returning to Sadler’s Wells where it premiered, last September.

Baltic Dance Theatre in Tristan and Izolde.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Tristan and Izolde, Death and the Maiden – Gdansk

★★★✰✰   What is different is the profound impact of Weiss’s choreography over this sixty-minute piece. Her movement is always busy and intensely musical but generally it is a means to an end…

Wu Husheng (Emperor) and Qi Bingxue (Lady Yang) in Echoes of Eternity.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet – Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai

★★★✰✰   De Bana’s choreography was especially effective in the group scenes and not least in the descriptive expression of the organised chaos of warfare…

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' Fiction.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Life: Rabbit, Fiction – London

★★★★✰   Having missed the opening night of the BalletBoyz tour, at Sadler’s Wells, a few weeks ago, I caught up with it, just three bus stops away from my home…

Adam Park in Lucy Guerin's Tomorrow.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Tomorrow (Guerin premiere), Terra Incognita, A Linha Curva – London

★★★★✰   The centrepiece of this richly diverse programme was a dance puzzle, perhaps broadly equivalent to a game of three-dimensional chess.

Lucy Guerin.© Jacqueline Mitelman. (Click image for larger version)

Lucy Guerin on Macbeth and her first work for Rambert – Tomorrow

Well known in North America and her native Australia Lucy Guerin is starting to do more in the UK and Europe and this week unveils Tomorrow, her new work for Rambert…

Northern Ballet in Swan Lake.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

★★★✰✰   Although David Nixon authored this ballet long before Lord Grantham was a twinkle in Julian Fellowes’ eye, it certainly provides an inkling of Swan Lake meets Downton Abbey.

Alex Harvey and Emily Nicholl in Tipping Point.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ockham’s Razor – Tipping Point – London

★★★★✰   Tipping Point is both simple and complex…

Protein in May Contain Food.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Protein – May Contain Food – London

★★★★✰   The optimum number of chews in the mastication of a cherry tomato is 21. This was just one of the foodie facts that I learned during this epicurean epic…

Eifman Ballet in Boris Eifman’s Rodin.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – Madrid

★★★★✰   This is my sixth encounter with Boris Eifman’s danced biography of Auguste Rodin, via viewings that have now been spread over three great cities…

Vidya Patel and Liam Riddick in An Italian in Madrid.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – An Italian in Madrid, Brisk Singing, Mazur, Stronghold – London

★★★★✰   All-in-all this was an outstanding programme of entertaining dance…

Bárbara Astorga and Ommaira Kangas in Evidencia.© Pau Ros. (Click image for larger version)

AVA Dance Company, Compañia Lucia Marote & Compañia Elephant in the Black Box – Ellas Crean Festival – Madrid

★★★✰✰   Now in its twelfth year, Ellas Crean features eighty multidisciplinary events, including many theatre, dance and music premieres. This particular dance triple bill was accompanied by a fascinating exhibition…

Bartabas in Golgota.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bartabas & Andrés Marín – Golgota – London

★★★★✰ Golgota has a strong visual appeal, broadly consistent with the religious imagery in the paintings of El Greco and another 17th Century Spanish painter, Francisco de Zurbarán.

Marc Brew in For Now, I am...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Marc Brew Company – For Now, I am… – London

★★★★✰ Solo performances do not get more personal, or more powerful, than this.

Aron Blom in Golden Hours (As You Like It).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ Rosas – Golden Hours (As you like it) – London

★✰✰✰✰ This abstract, largely silent interpretation of As You Like It ( a Shakespeare comedy I have never seen danced before) was so unintelligible that I might as well have been hearing it spoken in Urdu.

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