Author: Lynette Halewood

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Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
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.

Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton and Nathan Young in Russell Maliphant's Broken Fall.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Inheriting Broken Fall – New Russell Maliphant dancers take on a legendary piece of dance

An interview with Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton, Nathan Young and Yu-Hsien Wu of Russell Maliphant Company as they take on roles first created by Guillem and the BalletBoyz. Also advice to graduating students and discussion of Maliphant’s approach to creating new work…

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma / Vuyani Dance Theatre – Exit / Exist – London

Exit / Exist is Gregory Maqoma’s reflections on the story of his ancestor, Chief Maqoma, who faced up to the British in South Africa in the 19th century…

Seeta Patel.© Arnhel de Serra. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Margam: A Classical Dance Recital – London

This programme is a satisfying synthesis of classical music and dance from southern India, all from performers based in the UK.

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – London

Kolesnikova supplies such poetry and ardour in her finely judged delivery of the role that it is definitely worth seeing for that alone…

Pete Shenton and The Two Wrongies in Hercules.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Art Club – Hercules, A Dance Cabaret For All Ages – London

Hercules is a cheery and entertaining piece, well thought out and delivered with great gusto.

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Zeitgeist.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Zeitgeist, Tristesse, Facada – London

…it certainly showed that Osipova is a lightning bolt which can illuminate and energise everything she appears in.

Liam Riddick and Jonathan Goddard in Mazur.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home, 20th Anniversary bill – London

The Richard Alston Dance Company concludes its spring tour with a series of performances at The Place, celebrating their 20th anniversary with premieres of new commissions and a revival of one of his classics…

James Wilton Dance Company in Last Man Standing.© Werner Kmetitsch. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – Last Man Standing – London

James Wilton Dance are touring Last Man Standing – a narrative work based on Terry Pratchett’s book The Last Hero and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Lynette Halewood was impressed…

Al’manni Alli, Tyrell Foreshaw and National Youth Dance Company in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Frame[d].© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Frame[d] – London

Do catch it if you want to enjoy the energy and shared commitment of its young performers.

Candoco Dance Company in Jerome Bel’s The Show Must Go On.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Candoco Dance Company – The Show Must Go On – London

The Sadler’s audience loved this and gave the performers a standing ovation. It was fascinating to see the mix of people that Candoco had recruited…

Compania Manuel Linan in Nómada.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Compañía Manuel Liñán – Nómada – London

At the conclusion Liñán stalks over to the edge of the stage and looks at the front row of the stalls as if to challenge all comers to take him on.

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