Author: Lise Smith

Lise Smith is a freelance dance manager, teacher and writer. She regularly contributes to www.londondance.com, Arts Professional and www.londonist.com. You can check her updates on Twitter at: @Lisekit

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Ultima Vez in Wim Vandekeybus's booty Looting.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez – booty Looting – London

Booty Looting isn’t afraid of opening a rabbit-hole or two in its exposition of performance and visual art; almost everything in the show refers to itself in a never-ending loop that will either delight or madden its audiences.

Wim Vandekeybus.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Wim Vandekeybus – Choreographer and Director of Ultima Vez

“A visit from Ultima Vez is something special” says Lise Smith interviewing its founder and choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus, about his latest project, ‘booty Looting’, a collaboration with photographer Danny Willems and which opens at London’s Southbank next week – 12 November…

Boy Blue Entertainment in The Five and the Prophecy of Prana.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue Entertainment – The Five and the Prophecy of Prana – London

The longest and most technically ambitious performance work created by the company to date, it’s an adrenaline-fuelled collision of thunderous beats, physical feats and striking visuals…

Trisha Brown Dance Company in I'm Going To Toss My Arms - If You Catch Them They're Yours. © Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Trisha Brown Dance Company – Proscenium Works, 1979-2001 – London

One of the leading innovators of postmodern dance, New York-based choreographer Trisha Brown, has been making work that equally challenges her dancers, her audiences and our underlying assumptions about dance for almost four decades…

Emma Fisher, Ellen Yilma, Viola Vicini in Linear by Travis Clausen-Knight.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Random Works, from 10 Choreographers – London

The most successful pieces of the evening are – perhaps not coincidentally – those least directly indebted to McGregor’s movement volcabulary and compositional style.

Hofesh Shechter Company in Political Mother.© Simona Boccedi. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter – Political Mother, The Choreographer’s Cut – London

Still, with its thrilling, threatening and ultimately uplifting mood and its rock-gig presentation, Political Mother makes a wholly appropriate closer for Sadler’s audience-grabbing Sampled season.

Sadler's Sampled promotional image.© Kingsley Jayasekera. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Sampled – Youth, Ballet, Hip hop, Contemporary & Tango showcase – London

Sadler’s Sampled is back – with 6 companies showing the glorious breadth of dance that will be on at the theatre over the next few months.

© Breakin' Convention

Breakin’ Convention – Day 1, 4 May 2013 – London

…the crowds – from the six-year-old toprocking on stage for a prize t-shirt to the octogenarian gentleman seated next to me in polite raptures – were most definitely entertained.

Random Dance in Alex Whitley's Hertz.© Ravi Deepres, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne Mcgregor | Random Dance – Hertz, Alpha Episodes, Life’s Witness – London

McGregor’s influence is visible across the programme, not so much in the movement style but in the extreme formal abstraction of the work. A little form can go a long way…

Choreographers Alex Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet.© respectively ROH, ROH, Kiran West.

Choreographers Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet – Random Dance and the ROH, 10 years on

Interviews with Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet about their new pieces commissioned by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Royal Opera House…

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance perform in the Rain Room.© Ravi Deepres & Alicia Clarke. Rain Room, Random International 2012. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Rain Room – London

One issue that arose is the fact that too many people in the Rain Room – whether dancers or audience – really starts to destroy the illusion of controlling the rainfall or being enclosed in the rain.

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