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.

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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.

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 www.ballet.org.uk www.sadlerswells.com As the opening salvo…

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