Author: Siobhan Murphy

Siobhan Murphy is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor, based in London. Between 2005 and 2014 she was London Metro's arts editor. She also contributes to LondonDance and tweets sporadically at @blacktigerlily.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Chihiro Kawaski in Rosalind publicity image.© David Foulkes. (Click image for larger version)

James Cousins Company – Rosalind – London

★★★★✰   Cousins has made a bold, complex, intelligent and invigorating piece…

Corey Claire Annand in Stepmother.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance – Stepmother / Stepfather – London

★★★★✰   Those of a nervous disposition, look away now. The dark, twisted inventiveness of Arthur Pita runs riot across this double-bill of bad parenting, sweeping up murder, suicide, incest and a little light cannibalism as it goes.

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eva Yerbabuena – Apariencias – London

★★★✰✰   The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – FLA.CO.MEN – London

★★★✰✰   The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.

Silvia Farias-Heredia in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Masurca Fogo – London

★★★★✰   How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.

Robert Cohan and Vicki Igbokwe - part of 52 Portraits.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion & Hugo Glendinning – 52 Portraits – London

★★★✰✰   The portraits are probably not a way into dance for someone who wasn’t already interested – and it’s probably better to watch them in small doses. However, they do remind us of something rather lovely…

Company of Elders in Home Turf.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Company of Elders – Art of Age II – London

★★✰✰✰   Sad to say, then, that I found Art of Age II rather disappointing…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★✰   Khan’s revision of this classic ballet is spirited and confident; its faults are definitely fixable. This is bravura dance-making and a thrilling addition to the ENB’s repertoire.

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez in Apollo.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – The Classical Farewell – London

★★★★✰   “Thank you, Carlos,” boomed one audience member as Acosta ended his performance by changing out of his dance gear, sitting meditatively on stage…

Paco Peña's Patrias.© Andy Phillipson. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Patrias – London

★★✰✰✰   There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.

Natalia Osipova in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Qutb, Silent Echo and Run Mary, Run – London

★★★✰✰   Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.

Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – London

★★★★✰   …their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching…

dotdotdot dance publicity image.© Luis Camacho. (Click image for larger version)

dotdotdot dance – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card bill – London

★★★✰✰   The three members of dotdotdot dance – Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemi Luz – are British women with a passion for flamenco dance and its theatrical possibilities.

Bradley Waller and Harry Price in Pontus Lidberg's Rabbit.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Life: Rabbit, Fiction – London

★★★★✰   Michael Nunn and William Trevitt never fail to surprise: this latest double-bill for their ten-strong all-male dance company is a case in point.

Gary Clarke Company in Coal.© Joe Armitage. (Click image for larger version)

Gary Clarke Company – Coal – London

★★★★✰   There’s a boisterous, no-nonsense attitude to “Coal” from the start…

Boy Blue Entertainment in A Night with Boy Blue.© Mark Allan. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue Entertainment – A Night with Boy Blue – London

★★★✰✰   As with all such showcase events, where every last member needs his or her moment on stage, it was an enthusiastic if somewhat ramshackle affair.

Esperanza Fernández and Ana Morales in De lo Jondo y Verdadero.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Esperanza Fernández with Marina Heredia & Ana Morales – De lo Jondo y Verdadero – London

★★★★✰ Flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández is the real deal, brought up in a family of flamenco artists in Seville’s famous Triana neighbourhood. Her voice is extraordinary…

Marco Flores and Olga Pericet in Paso a Dos.© Paco Villalta. (Click image for larger version)

Marco Flores and Olga Pericet – Paso a Dos – London

★★★✰✰ Cadiz-born Marco Flores and cordobesa Olga Pericet make a striking flamenco couple – he is tall and lanky, with sedate, flowing movements; she’s tiny, barely reaching his chin, and bristling with energy.

Sara Baras in Solea por buleria.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras – Voces, Suite Flamenca – London

★★★★✰ “…there’s something deeply heartfelt about Voces, Suite Flamenca, her homage to the six flamenco maestros…”

Le Patin Libre in Vertical.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Le Patin Libre – Vertical – London

There’s often a cocky street attitude infused into their performance, a sense that these five are cheerfully throwing down a challenge, hip hop style…

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