Author: Lynette Halewood

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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.

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

Kaori Ito in Plexus.© Aglae Bory.

Compagnie 111 / Aurelien Bory / Kaori Ito – Plexus – London

“…a very striking and unusual piece with moments of real theatrical magic.”

Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake (Cojocaru / Vasiliev) – London

It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

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

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl London, Lillian Baylis Studio 13 December 2014 www.arthurpita.com www.sadlerswells.com This Christmas family show in the cosy space of the Lillian Baylis Studio (at Sadler’s Wells) is a…

Eryck Brahmania and Lee Clayden in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty Of The Beast – London

Company Chameleon take a long hard look at what it means today to be a man (or maybe that should be what it means to be a bloke) in Beauty Of The Beast.

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