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.
Clod Ensemble's Under Glass.© Manuel Vason. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – Under Glass – London

★★★✰✰   The director Suzie Willson plays well with our fascination with people-watching…

China National Peking Opera Company in A River All Red.© Sinolink Productions. (Click image for larger version)

China National Peking Opera Company – A River All Red, The Phoenix Returns Home – London

★★★✰✰   Peking opera’s blend of highly stylised acting, singing, music and movement is always a feast for the senses. The costumes are reason enough to watch in themselves…

Eun-me Ahn's Let Me Change Your Name.© Eunji Park. (Click image for larger version)

Eun-me Ahn – Let Me Change Your Name – London

★★✰✰✰   It started sedately enough, with the three men and three women emerging in stretchy black dresses…

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman and Jacqueline Bâby in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Lyon Opera Ballet – Trois Grandes Fugues – London

★★★★✰   How many ways can you hear the same piece of music? This inspired programme by Lyon Opera Ballet suggested, with elegant simplicity, that there are as many ways to hear something as there are people to hear it.

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' The Title Is in the Text.© Panayiotis Sinnos. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Fourteen Days bill – London

★★★★✰   Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt’s all-male company are on sparkling form right now.

Carlos Acosta and Marta Ortega in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Mermaid.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Debut bill – London

★★★✰✰   Belles-Lettres – a piece by NYCB’s Justin Peck, reworked for Acosta Danza – is a sweepingly pretty pieces for nine dancers, all floaty, gorgeous frocks and increasingly impassioned duets…

Akane Takada in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Robbie Jack. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Opening the New bill – Hull

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s away-day to Hull, this year’s UK Capital of Culture, was dramatic in its scale: 17 pieces presented over three hours…

Hofesh Shechter Company in Grand Finale.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Grand Finale – London

★★✰✰✰   The end of the world is here – let’s party. This, roughly, is the premise of Grand Finale, Hofesh Shechter’s latest wild and whirling work, in which he grapples with our apocalyptic times…

English National Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – London

★★★★✰   Hoffalt brings an elegantly mature intelligence to the part… Laurretta Summerscales will leave a hole in the company when she takes her sabbatical next season…

Showpony, part of Trajal Harrell's Hoochie Koochie.© Tristan Fewings. (Click image for larger version)

Trajal Harrell – Hoochie Koochie – London

★★★★✰   Walking into the American dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrell’s first ever performance exhibition is like falling down the rabbit hole into another dimension.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 8 Minutes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley Dance Company – 8 Minutes – London

★★★✰✰   This is a project with serious intent – but it doesn’t always have the wherewithal to meet its grand ambition.

Rosas in Rain.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Rain – London

★★★★★ It’s utterly captivating, full of unexpected, joyous exuberance.

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse in danse de nuit.© Boris Brussey. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse – danse de nuit – London

★★✰✰✰   The whirling speech is often hard to decipher – the dancers are always in motion, their words thrown at whoever is nearest, the acoustics are terrible, and their French accents are very heavy.

Hannah Rudd in Aletta Collins' The days run away like wild horses.© Ellie Kurtz. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Ghost Dances, The days run away like wild horses (premiere), The Three Dancers, – London

★★★★✰   The days run away like wild horses: The teeming vitality of this opening offers exuberant fun, as does the playfulness Collins adds to her source material…

Mavin Khoo & Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Agudo Dance Company – Silk Road – London

★★★★✰   There’s an appealing simplicity to Jose Agudo’s first full-length company production.

Mark Murphy's Out of this World.© Mark Murphy’s V-TOL. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Murphy’s V-TOL – Out of this World – London

★✰✰✰✰   It wants to be a seat-of-your-pants psychological chiller and a heartbreaking love story. It is neither.

Hong Kong Dance Company in The Legend of Mulan.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – The Legend of Mulan – London

★★✰✰✰   For western audience tastes, there is quite a heavy dose of melodrama in this Mulan – Matthew Ma’s overblown score of soaring strings ramps this up further.

Vera Tussing's Mazing.© Alessandra Roccherri. (Click image for larger version)

Vera Tussing – Mazing – London

★★★✰✰   If you like to keep an arm’s distance between you and the contemporary dance you’re watching, then Vera Tussing is probably not for you.

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.

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