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Seeta Patel.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel, Sadler’s Wild Card season – Something Then, Something Now – London

The double-bill ‘Something Then’, ‘Something Now’ focuses on Patel’s classical practice, and showcases the richness of bharatanatyam tradition in the UK.

Darius Stankevicius in He Lived Next Door by Ieva Kuniskis.© Judita Kuniskyte. (Click image for larger version)

Ieva Kuniskis and Jack Webb at the Strike! Dance Festival – London

Strike! Dance Festival Ieva Kuniskis: He Lived Next Door Jack Webb: Inside Opulence London, Wilton’s Music Hall 25 September 2014 www.ievakuniskis.com www.jackwebbperformance.com wiltons.org.uk Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival page It must follow that more…

Eve Mutso as Elizabeth Proctor in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Ten Poems, The Crucible – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s new double bill features ballets by experienced choreographers about two not-so-different communities: small-town Wales and narrow-minded Salem…

Tiler Peck in Theme and Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tchaikovsky & Balanchine, Stravinsky & Balanchine bills – New York

One cannot help but be amazed by the number of exceptional women in the company, and by how differently they approach the steps, the music and the temperament of each ballet.

Christpher Saunders, Ricardo Cervera and Marianela Nunez in Manon.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Manon – London

The advantage of a big company accustomed to performing narrative ballets (something we can take for granted with the Royal Ballet) is that it is able to portray a whole society on stage.

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrance's Burning.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Burning, Rejoice in the Lamb, Holderlin Fragments, Overdrive – Edinburgh

It may be his name only on the posters, but Richard Alston firmly shares the limelight with Martin Lawrance in this quadruple bill, which sees the premiere of Lawrance’s new work, Burning, placed alongside three of Alston’s own pieces.

Kyle Abraham in The Watershed.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion – The Watershed – New York

The evening is divided into two parts, with images of love and coupling more dominant in the first and greater abstraction seeping into the second.

Marie Lindqvist and Arsen Mehrabyan (Mother, Father) in Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet & Romeo – London

Ek’s choreography, for both groups and individuals, is animated and detailed.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Liam Scarlett's Funérailles.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala – New York

It’s as pointless to complain about ballet galas as it is to grumble about the weather. They serve a purpose…

Mette Ingvartsen's The Artificial Nature Project.© Jan Lietaert. (Click image for larger version)

Mette Ingvartsen – The Artificial Nature Project – London

The Artificial Nature Project extends the Ingvartsen’s curiosity about choreographing materials, this time using seven dancers to animate a vast quantity of silver tinsel slices.

© Constella Ballet and Orchestra

Constella Ballet and Orchestra – Ballet For Nancy, Adagio, Four On The Floor – London

George Williamson’s storming rise to the position of English National Ballet associate artist at just 23 suggests a lot of people see much promise in the young choreographer….

balletLORENT in Rapunzel.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

balletLORENT – Rapunzel – Edinburgh

Earthy and gothic character-driven dance from balletLORENT

Mbulelo Ndabeni in INALA.© Giulietta Verdon-Roe. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – INALA – London

Inala is set to be a runaway success

Matthew Sandiford and Adam Kirkham in McNally's MeTheus.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz, The Talent, at Deloitte Ignite 2014 – The Murmuring, MeTheus, Mesmerics – London

I like McNally’s sense of fun but I also like this more serious side because the movement is also fresh and unpredictable. Of all the ballet choreographers coming through I think hers is one of the most original voices.

Alesandra Seutin in This Is Not Black.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Alesandra Seutin – This Is Not Black – London

The powerful stage presence of Alesandra Seutin is immediately appealing…

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Nacho Duato's Gnawa.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance at the Delacorte Theatre – New York

For the second year in a row, the Fall for Dance Festival began with a pair of performances at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, one of the most enchanting spots in the city.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Claire Cunningham in Guide Gods with Derek Nisbet behind.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Claire Cunningham – Guide Gods – London

What do the major faiths and religions have to say about disability and how do they treat the differently abled? Claire Cunningham’s ‘Guide Gods’ shines a light…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

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