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.
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.

Philippe Decoufle Company DCA in Contact.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Philippe Decouflé Company DCA – Contact – London

It’s undoubtedly fun in Decouflé’s world… but you do start to wish someone would hold your hand through it for a while.

Nuno Bizarro in Boris Charmatz's manger.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la Danse – manger – London

What, you may wonder, is the point of it all?

Gandini Juggling in 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures.© Arnaud Stephenson. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling – 4×4 Ephemeral Architectures – London

ean Gandini’s fascination with classical ballet has led to this collaboration with ex-Royal Ballet dancer and budding choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela…

Sunbee Han, Sooraj Subramaniam, Emily Pottage, Avatâra Ayuso and Richard Causer in Bayadere - The Ninth Life.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadere: The Ninth Life – London

Contemporary dance pioneer Shobana Jeyasingh takes a bold, inspired step along her chosen route of exploring marginality and difference with this latest Royal Ballet commissioned work.

Tim Casson in Fiend.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Tim Casson – Casson & Friends – London

Collaboration is the theme running through dancer/choreographer Tim Casson’s Wild Card evening at Sadler’s Wells; it’s also the foundation stone of his Casson & Friends project, running since 2012.

Ballet de Lorraine in Shaker Loops.© Arno Paul. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet de Lorraine – Shaker Loops and Cover – London

Nancy-based Ballet de Lorraine arrives as a bit of an unknown quantity; led by Swedish ex-Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet principal Peter Jacobsson, its work is avowedly experimental…

Begona Cao and Alejandro Virelles in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Modern Masters: Petite Mort, Spring And Fall, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated – London

English National Ballet Modern Masters: Petite Mort, Spring And Fall, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated London, Sadler’s Wells 10 March 2015 Gallery of pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou As the opening salvo…

Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Nacional de España – Grito and Suite Sevilla – London

Flamenco in the hands of Ballet Nacional de España is far from the rough and ready peña experience: Antonio Najarro’s Madrid-based company offers instead precision-tooled dance…

Carmen Cortés with Gerardo Núñez and musicians In Concert.© Grzegorz Ziemianski, (Click image for larger version)

Gerardo Núñez with guest dancer Carmen Cortés – In Concert – London

For dance fans, the chance to see Carmen Cortés is an unalloyed joy. When she abandons providing palmeos and steps to the front of the stage, she prowls cat-like around the music…

Ultima Vez in What the Body Does Not Remember.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus – What The Body Does Not Remember – London

… 28 years on, what strikes you is how vital and of the moment the piece still seems.

Thiago Soares.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Thiago Soares – Royal Ballet Principal, on Onegin

On the eve of opening the latest Royal Ballet season of ‘Onegin’ Thiago Soares talks about one of his most inspirational roles, and a few other things too…

BalletBoyz in Young Men.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Young Men – London

William Trevitt and Michael Nunn have taken their BalletBoyz company up a few gears with this latest work; pitching their 11 male dancers – and two guest women – into an intense, demanding, full-length piece exploring the horrors of war.

Rambert in Patricia Okenwa's No 1 Convergence.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – New Choreography, works by Ahmet, Damberg Wurtz, Hurst, Okenwa, Tappon – London

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Patricia Okenwa, Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst and Pierre Tappon.

Cathy Naden and Richard Lowdon in The Possible Impossible House.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – The Possible Impossible House – London

Forced Entertainment’s first show conceived for young people is a whimsical ode to the power of storytelling.

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