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.
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…

Corey Claire Annand and Angelo Smimmo in Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

It all makes for a captivating hour that will surely bring a tear to your eye.

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Diana and Actaeon.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – A Classical Selection – London

Acosta deserves every moment of his standing ovation…

Christian Rizzo's d'apres une histoire vraie.© Marc Domage. (Click image for larger version)

Christian Rizzo – d’après une histoire vraie – London

Watching a group of men “erupt on stage”, as he describes it, had a profound effect on Rizzo – this 60-minute piece is his attempt to explore why.

Publicity image for Gravity Fatigue.© Manuel Vason. (Click image for larger version)

Hussein Chalayan – Gravity Fatigue – London

Calling it a dance performance might be pushing it, to be honest, as there’s little actual dance… Instead, it’s more of a slick live art installation…

La Veronal in Voronia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

La Veronal – Voronia – London

What does all this mean? Beats me.

Inala.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Inala – London

Enthusiasm alone doesn’t make a show a success, though, and Inala doesn’t quite succeed in melding all that goodwill into a coherent exploration of dance and music from markedly different traditions.

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