Reviews
The 7 Fingers in Cuisine & Confessions. © Alexandre Galliez. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Cuisine & Confessions – Vaison-la-Romaine

…Cuisine and Confessions is a mixture of circus arts, dance, music, narration – and cooking.

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – A Life in Progress – London

Sylvie Guillem’s farewell programme at the Coliseum (following its modest Sadler’s Wells presentation in May) is a glorious spectacle in the largest theatre in London.

Carlos Acosta in Tocororo Suite.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Cubania – London

Like the returning swallow, Acosta has again brought his own promise of summer sunshine to London with his unique brand of Caribbean culture.

Pete Shenton and The Two Wrongies in Hercules.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Art Club – Hercules, A Dance Cabaret For All Ages – London

Hercules is a cheery and entertaining piece, well thought out and delivered with great gusto.

Ballet Folklorico De Mexico in Charreada.© Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandez – Mexican dance bill – London

This is not a show for the dance-studious, looking to discover a Mexican Balanchine or Forsythe, but a colourful and spectacular entertainment and I loved it – it’s stampiliciously good!

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – The Car Man – London

It is almost eight years to the day since The Car Man was last revived at Sadler’s Wells (having premiered in 2000) and it seems even better than I recall…

James Gilmer and Sarah Cecilia Griffin in Seiwert's Traveling Alone.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – SKETCH 5: Stirred Program – San Francisco

In the end, SKETCH is about the artists and their learning process, and it’s our good fortune that they share it with us in performance.

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Zeitgeist.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Zeitgeist, Tristesse, Facada – London

…it certainly showed that Osipova is a lightning bolt which can illuminate and energise everything she appears in.

Royal Ballet School in Jiri Kylian's Sechs Tanze.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2015 – London

I thought this year’s Royal Ballet School (RBS) performance on the main Royal Opera House stage was pretty damn’ good.

Vivian Aragon, Michael Galloway and Tegan Schwab in promotional shot for The Luminous Edge.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Garrett + Moulton Dance – The Luminous Edge – San Francisco

I’ve seen Garrett + Moulton’s The Luminous Edge three times now, and I’ve yet to plumb its deepest currents…

National Ballet of China in the Red Detachment of Women.© National Ballet of China. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – Peony Pavilion, Red Detachment of Women – New York

The National Ballet of China dancers are beautifully trained, surprisingly tall, willowy – even the men – and delicately featured.

Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson in Danièle Desnoyers' The Song We Share, part of Other Stories.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Whelan/Watson – Other Stories – London

The long awaited collaboration between Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson has just been premiered at the Royal Opera House. Jann Parry on an interesting night…

Brent Whitney and Katie Gibson in Forsythe's Slingerland Duet.© Eduardo Patino.

Ballet NY – Othello, What Ever, Slingerland Duet, Orange – New York

Ballet NY’s 2015 season offered a mixed bill of promising diversity… (but there is a but)

Maiko Tutsumi, Victoria Ananyan, Matthew Golding and Maria Chigai in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version

Dutch National Ballet – Cinderella – London

Wheeldon has two problems to contend with in Cinderella: Prokofiev’s prescriptive score and Ashton’s definitive choreography from 1948…

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.

Oscar Chacon in The Ninth Symphony.© Francette Levieux. (Click image for larger version)

Bejart Ballet Lausanne & The Tokyo Ballet – The Ninth Symphony – Monte-Carlo

It is, of course, a huge show but the commitment the dancers bring to it, the excellence of the dancing and sense of joy they bring to the final movement, make it a very theatrical experience.

Marianela Nuñez and James Whiteside in Cinderella.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

Two 2 casts reeviewed – led out by Stella Abrera and a guesting Marianela Nunez. But the star of Cinderella is the ballet itself – Ashton’s tribute to Petipa, to silliness, and to the power of childlike wonder…

Akram Khan & Israel Galván in Torobaka.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan & Israel Galván – Torobaka – London

In the genealogy of dance, kathak and flamenco share common ancestry.

Momoko Hirata in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Sylvia – Birmingham

David Bintley’s Sylvia is a great piece of classical dance and escapist fun.

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

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