Reviews
Okwui Okpokwasili in Hunted.© Caroline Ablain. (Click image for larger version)

Maud Le Pladec & Okwui Okpokwasili – Hunted – London

★★✰✰✰   Munyaneza rises to the challenge of the show with her provocative, fearless performance, but it’s still difficult to sit through.

H2Dance in Staging Ages.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

H2Dance – Staging Ages – London

★★✰✰✰   …but item follows item in quick succession without cumulatively registering a bigger impact. It feels ultimately insubstantial.

Protein in Border Tales.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Protein – Border Tales – London

★★★✰✰   Is this depiction of divisive ‘insider/outsider’ British society really a true reflection?

Aditi Mangaldas (Darbar Festival supplied publicty image).© Dinesh Khanna. (Click image for larger version)

Darbar Festival London: Indian Adventures of Sitar and Dance bill with Mangaldas, Khoo and Banerjee

★★★★✰   The Darbar Festival has been celebrating Indian classical music for a number of years, but now at Sadler’s Wells it has an additional dance component curated by Akram Khan, showcasing different forms…

Solene Weinachter, Eve Ganneau and John Kendall in The North.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Joan Clevillé Dance – The North – London

★★✰✰✰   The opening scene of The North, a new dance theatre work from Dundee-based troupe Joan Clevillé Dance, starts with a scene plucked straight from a Scandi noir…

Natalia Osipova in Arthur Pita's The Wind.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Illustrated ‘Farewell’, The Wind, Untouchable – London

★★★✰✰   Kevin O’Hare is commissioning choreographers who want to make use of what the Opera House can offer; he’s not setting out to declare where ballet ought to be heading and he’s not playing safe.

Cia Maduixa in DOT.© Jorid Pla. (Click image for larger version)

Cia Maduixa – DOT – London

★★★★★   What makes the show so seductive is the smooth and slick integration of visual effects with movement.

Emma Love Suddarth and William Lin-Yee in Crystal Pite’s Plot Point.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Her Story: Her Door to the Sky, Afternoon Ball, Plot Point – Seattle

★★★★✰   Suspense be damned. I’m just going to give away the ending of this review: Crystal Pite’s Plot Point, which closes Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Her Story triple bill, is a terrific piece of dance-theater.

Tzu-Chao Chou in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

★★✰✰✰   Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café saves a dispiriting evening by providing nimble demi-character dancing with a timely message, first delivered nearly 20 years ago.

Jessica Lang Dance in Stabat mater.© Karli Cadel. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Stabat mater – New York

Jessica Lang Dance White Light Festival: Stabat mater ★★★★✰ New York, Rose Theater 2 November 2017 www.jessicalangdance.com www.lincolncenter.org/venue/rose-theater Despite the fact that Christians make up about a third of today’s global population, compared…

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – London

★★★✰✰   Aladdin never fully finds its feet, but there’s a lot to like about the show, from the cheery group numbers to the striking visuals.

Publicity image for Andante.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Igor and Moreno – Andante – London

★★✰✰✰   Igor and Moreno warn people in the programme notes for Andante that there will be smoke and perfume – lots of it.

Christy Funsch and Nol Simonse in the beauty and ruin of friends, of bodies.© Robbie Sweeny. (Click image for larger version)

Nol Simonse and Christy Funsch – the beauty and ruin of friends, of bodies – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Choreographed by Nol Simonse, in collaboration with Christy Funsch, and performed by the incomparable pair, a myriad of ideas and themes were at play during the sixty-minute work. But one concept was particularly striking: time.

Hannah Burfield and Londiwe Khoza in Rays, Spark, Beating Glows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella – Shoreditch Takeover – London

★★★★✰   Wrapping up Dance Umbrella, “Shoreditch Takeover” was a celebration of cross-disciplinary work. It featured two dance works, poetry and a film, not to mention a DJ…

Marcelo Gomes and Sara Mearns in The Red Shoes.© Daniel Coston. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – New York

★★★★✰   It’s always exciting to discover a new side of an artist. For this, and for an immensely entertaining show, we have to thank Matthew Bourne.

Clod Ensemble's Under Glass.© Manuel Vason. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – Under Glass – London

★★★✰✰   The director Suzie Willson plays well with our fascination with people-watching…

Byron Tittle, Michelle Dorrance and Matthew West in Three to One.© Kevin Parry. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – Jungle Blues, Three to One, Myelination – San Francisco

★★★★★   Dorrance Dance is received with such universal enthusiasm and love that reviewing them feels like an exercise in redundancy, like piling on to a scrum that’s already 30 players deep.

Sean Suozzi and Lauren King in Orange.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

BalletCollective – The Answer, Orange, The Last Time This Ended, Translation – New York

★★★✰✰   What’s different about Schumacher’s dances isn’t so much the end result as the process. He always commissions new music and builds the ballet up from the bottom, with the help of an external source of inspiration.

MacMillan Celebrations – Gloria (NB), The Judas Tree (RB), Elite Syncopations (RB+Guests) – London

★★★★✰   Elite Syncopations: Dancers from all five major British ballet companies took part, some doubling up roles in identical outfits so that identifying dancers was confusing. The stand-out solo in both the casts I saw was to the Calliope Rag, Monica Mason’s original role…

American Ballet Theatre in I Feel The Earth Move.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher, I Feel the Earth Move, Daphnis and Chloe – New York

★★★✰✰   The choreographer and L.A. Dance Project director Benjamin Millepied is a mover and a shaker, a clever curator, a man of taste, a force in the dance world. But is he good choreographer?

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