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.
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.

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…

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