Author: Lynette Halewood

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H2Dance in Staging Ages.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

H2Dance – Staging Ages – London

★★✰✰✰   …but item follows item in quick succession without cumulatively registering a bigger impact. It feels ultimately insubstantial.

Aditi Mangaldas (Darbar Festival supplied publicty image).© Dinesh Khanna. (Click image for larger version)

Darbar Festival London: Indian Adventures of Sitar and Dance bill with Mangaldas, Khoo and Banerjee

★★★★✰   The Darbar Festival has been celebrating Indian classical music for a number of years, but now at Sadler’s Wells it has an additional dance component curated by Akram Khan, showcasing different forms…

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl – Origami – London

★★★✰✰   Origami is a work for a solo performer and a shipping container which slowly unfolds and reconfigures itself over forty minutes.

Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson in Cockfight.© Darcy Grant. (Click image for larger version)

The Farm – Cockfight – London

★★★★✰   The devisers of the work have a keen eye and ear for the inanities of corporate management-speak and the way that bruising encounters can sometimes be punctuated by faux bonhomie.

Hema Bharathy in Yashti.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

2Faced Dance Company – Outlands bill – London

★★★✰✰   There has been much discussion on the marked lack of opportunities for female choreographers. Tamsin Fitzgerald, Artistic Director of 2Faced Dance Company, has rolled up her sleeves and set to work over the last two years to do something practical about it. The result is Outlands…

Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – London

★★★★✰   The thunderous finale pulls all the threads together with the entire cast on stage playing and dancing in a riotous sonic adventure.

Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Mats Ek's Axe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival – KnowBody II – London

★★★✰✰   Mats Ek’s “Axe” could be the beginning to a new Scandi Noir TV series. There is a man, an axe, a huge pile of wood that he starts to chop with repressed intensity and a visibly distressed wife. It doesn’t look like it will end well.

Akram Khan in DESH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Desh – London

★★★★★   This is Khan’s own personal story, but it achieves a much wider resonance about how we can learn to reconcile ourselves to our past, and to acknowledge where and what we come from as we mature.

Fevered Sleep's Men and Girls Dance.© Matthew Andrews. (Click image for larger version)

Fevered Sleep – Men and Girls Dance – London

★★★★✰   Men and Girls Dance is a touching and joyful demonstration of optimism about us humans in an increasingly bleak age.

Aakash Odedra in Echoes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra – Echoes, I Imagine – London

★★★★✰   At first sight the two works in Aakash Odedra’s solo show at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio could hardly be more unalike.

Fabio Dolce, Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's O Maria.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – Ham and Passion: Passionaria, Young Man!, O Maria – London

★★★✰✰   Some titles for triple bills can be generic or aspirational rather than specific, but “Ham and Passion” is exactly what you get in this programme from DeNada Dance Theatre.

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.

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