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
Jasmin Vardimon.© and courtesy Jasmin Vardimon. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Jasmin Vardimon concentrating on her latest work and tour – Pinocchio

jasminvardimon.com Full details of Pinocchio tour The Jasmin Vardimon Company has built up a remarkable repertoire of physical theatre and contemporary dance, since the company was founded, almost 20 years’ ago. The principal…

Lucy Balfour and Luke Ahmet in The Creation.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – The Creation – London

★★★★✰   This is the largest production yet mounted by Rambert – celebrating its 90th Anniversary, this year – accounting for over 110 performers, including 70 musicians and singers.

Rambert in Malgorzata Dzierzon's Flight.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Contemporaries: Flight, Frames, Hydrargyrum – London

★★★✰✰   Malgorzata Dzierzon, Patricia Okenwa and Alexander Whitley are all at different stages of their emergence as choreographers. Each of them has progressed with the active support of Rambert’s choreographic development programme…

Vincent Dance Theatre in Virgin Territory.© Bosie Vincent. (Click image for larger version)

Vincent Dance Theatre – Virgin Territory – London

★★★✰✰   Our rapidly changing world lies at the heart of Charlotte Vincent’s Virgin Territory, which concentrates all its attention on the sexualisation of children; by society, by predators, by parents and …by themselves.

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company in Inter_rupted.© Nirvair Singh. (Click image for larger version)

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Inter_rupted – London

★★★✰✰   This ideal of taking the traditional forms of Kathak and placing the music and movement within a contemporary context gives Inter_rupted its rationale.

Jérôme Bel's Gala.© Josefina Tommasi. (Click image for larger version)

Jerome Bel – Gala – London

★★★★✰   Jérôme Bel’s Gala turns the performer/spectator dynamic and the act of performance itself, inside-out…

China National Peking Opera Company in The Legend of the White Snake.© China National Peking Opera Company. (Click image for larger version

China National Peking Opera Company – Legend of the White Snake & The General & The Prime Minister – London

★★★★★   …put together, over two very different performances – one highly comedic, the other, much more serious – all of this imagery, profound drama, great singing, hilarious comedy and so much more, is easily enough to justify my very first five star-rating of 2016.

Arch8 in Erik Kaiel’s Tetris.© Erik Korzo. (Click image for larger version)

Erik Kaiel / Arch 8 Dancers – No Man Is An Island, Tetris – London

★★★✰✰   Despite my reservations about joining in, this show was a lot of fun to watch; and it was clearly loads of joy for the young people – whatever their actual age – to take part in.

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.

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