Author: Lynette Halewood

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Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Zhang Jian and Zhu Yan in The Peony Pavilion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – The Peony Pavilion – London

★★★✰✰   Peony Pavilion has become a signature work for the National Ballet of China and it’s easy to see why it has come back.

James Wilton Dance in Leviathan.© Steve Tanner. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – Leviathan – London

★★★✰✰   A piece of dance that takes Moby-Dick as its inspiration has to be worth seeing. Lynette Halewood at The Place in London to see “Leviathan” performed by James Wilton Dance…

Bethany Headland, Alexander Nuttall, Alexandra Cameron-Martin and Diogo Barbosa in Kristen McNally's Moonshine.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Quint-Essential bill of Five New Ballets – London

★★★✰✰   Some of these pieces are more successful than others but the dancers seize the opportunities with relish…

Patrick Williams Seebacher, Johnny M. Lloyd, Dimitri Jourde, Fabian Thomé and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Fractus V – London

★★★★✰   The work itself is a statement of faith that collaboration is better than confrontation. Each dancer has a powerful presence but Cherkaoui has forged a remarkable unity from these disparate elements…

Sonia Sabri in Salaam.© Simon Richardson. (Click image for larger version)

Sonia Sabri Company – Salaam – London

★★★✰✰   The evening as a whole had many beautiful moments with a good fusion of music and dance in a relaxed and informal setting.

Siv Ander in Use My Body While It's Still Young.© Ellen Lande Gossner. (Click image for larger version)

Hege Haagenrud – Use My Body While It’s Still Young – London

★★★★✰   Dance Umbrella brings to The Place an unusually thoughtful and touching work. In Use My Body While It’s Still Young, Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud takes a cool and unflinching look at the unfashionable subject of ageing…

Jean Abreu Dance in A Thread, on which Labirinto is based.© Ambra Vernuccio. (Click image for larger version)

Jean Abreu Dance – Labirinto (A Thread) – London

Jean Abreu Dance Labirinto (based on A Thread) ★★★✰✰ London, Horniman Museum and Gardens 28 July 2016 www.jeanabreudance.com www.horniman.ac.uk The Horniman Museum and Gardens contains eclectic collections of artefacts from around the world,…

Brandon Lawrence in Wink.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Wink, The Moor’s Pavane, The Shakespeare Suite – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   Jessica Lang’s Wink is an attractive piece, well designed and well made with a clear structure.

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

Publicity picture for Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

★★★★✰   The work is proof that inventiveness is more important than a huge budget.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Rite of Tree, part of Songs of the Wanderers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of the Wanderers – London

★★★★✰   The entire work is a kind of meditation, a slow ritual or pilgrimage for its cast across mounds of rice that could be mountains or rivers.

Alexander Whitley and Natalie Allen in Pattern Recognition.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley Dance Company – Pattern Recognition – London

★★★✰✰   It’s a well-structured and paced piece, a successful integration of its different components, at times quite literally dazzling…

The 7 Fingers in Nocturnes by Marcos Morau.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – TRIPTYQUE: Anne and Samuel, Variations 9.81, Nocturnes – London

★★★✰✰   It’s an interesting idea to see how successfully the dance makers can use the different skills of the circus performers, and how the performers respond…

Akram Khan Company in Kaash.© Louis Fernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Kaash – London

★★★★✰ Even without Khan’s charismatic presence Kaash is a fiercely physical and engrossing hour in the theatre…

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – London

★★★★✰ This is a bold project, crammed with incident and detail, and highly atmospheric.

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Ashley Shaw and Adam Maskell in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

It’s a modern and sometimes rather busy retelling, but it ends as every fairy tale should do…

Nathan Young and Adam Kirkham in Piece No.43.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Conceal | Reveal bill – London

It sounds like a great combination, and had some stunning moments, but turned out to be an oddly uneven experience in the theatre…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur 2.0.© Sean Goldthorpe. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Murmur 2.0 – London

Odedra undoubtedly feels passionate about dyslexia …and succeeds here in making what might seem an unlikely subject into a compelling account of struggle and wonder.

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