Reviews
Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Scattered.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Scattered – London

★★★★✰   Weaker choreography might easily be overshadowed by the monumental capacity of the set and motion graphics, but Finnan’s work is equally imposing…

Unity Phelan and Zachary Catazaro in Polyphonia.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival, Wheeldon Quad bill – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a shame that the company didn’t choose to revive some Wheeldon rarities from its back catalogue…

Tyler Angle and the corps in Namouna, a Grand Divertissement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Russian Seasons and Namouna, a Grand Divertissement – New York

★★★★✰   I still remember my feelings during the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons at NYCB in 2006. There was a shock of recognition: this was the thing I had been looking for…

Shelley Eva Haden, Shanelle Clemenson, Ryan Munroe, Harriet Ellis and Joao Maio in MK Ultra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Kay has produced a visually exciting and sexy work based on a theory that is all clearly nonsense.

Scottish Ballet in Each Other.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Each Other (premiere) – Glasgow

★★★★✰   Each Other makes you reflect and think – and it deserves to be seen much more widely.

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Tarantiseismic – London

★★✰✰✰   Reviewing a youth dance company is always a tricky thing. These are not professional dancers although everything else about the production is a professional show.

Neena Prasad.© Siva Prasad Thekkilematam. (Click image for larger version)

Neena Prasad – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   Mohiniyattam is known as the “dance of the enchantress” – it is extremely feminine and flowing, and devoid of the rhythmic attack and angularity that makes some of the other dances so exciting…

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

Students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Garden of Dreams.© Teresa Wood. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Opening Night Celebration 2017 – Washington

★★★★✰   Ballet Across America – a festival that showcases the stylistic, creative and geographical diversity of American ballet – returned to the Kennedy Center this month…

Hong Kong Dance Company in The Legend of Mulan.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – The Legend of Mulan – London

★★✰✰✰   For western audience tastes, there is quite a heavy dose of melodrama in this Mulan – Matthew Ma’s overblown score of soaring strings ramps this up further.

Giuliano Contadini with Hannah Bateman as Henriette in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – Leeds

★★★★✰   This is Northern Ballet firing on all dramatic cylinders – a fine show made great by the entire company.

San Francisco Ballet in Thatcher's Ghost In The Machine.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Trio, Ghost in the Machine (premiere), Within the Golden Hour – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Myles Thatcher is an inventive young talent…

Fevered Sleep's Men and Girls Dance.© Matthew Andrews. (Click image for larger version)

Fevered Sleep – Men and Girls Dance – London

★★★★✰   Men and Girls Dance is a touching and joyful demonstration of optimism about us humans in an increasingly bleak age.

Cast Les 7 Doigts in Cuisine & Confessions.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Cuisine & Confessions – New York

★★★★✰   The overall triumph of Cuisine & Confessions is that it achieves what it sets out to do: to offer an inventive thought piece on our humanity via food…

Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young's Betroffenheit.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre – Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young – London

★★★★✰   It is impossible to review Betroffenheit without reference to the tragedy that sits behind it…

Christopher Harrison, Thomas Edwards, Andrew Peasgood and Eve Mutso in Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Sinfonietta Giocosa, Motion of Displacement, Ten Poems – New York

★★★★✰   Scottish Ballet came ready to impress, and impress it did.

Vera Tussing's Mazing.© Alessandra Roccherri. (Click image for larger version)

Vera Tussing – Mazing – London

★★★✰✰   If you like to keep an arm’s distance between you and the contemporary dance you’re watching, then Vera Tussing is probably not for you.

Vanessa Fenton's Methuselah.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Vanessa Fenton – Bouncing back and new works presented in Siobhan Davies and Clore Studios

After a few years below the radar Vanessa Fenton has been quietly bouncing back choreographically and this month presented her own double bill at Siobhan Davies Dance Studies and once again contributed a piece to the Royal Ballet’s latest Draft Works bill.

Washington Ballet in Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Kylián, Peck, Forsythe – Washington

★★★✰✰   Forsythe’s emblematic In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated was created 30 years ago. Still, the ballet retains its explosive spirit and irresistible urgency, as well as its ability to thrill.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures - The Infernal Galop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – London

★★★★✰   Matthew Bourne celebrates the 30th anniversary of his own company at the same time as Tate Britain has launched “Queer British Art 1861-1967” to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. “Early Adventures” could be a theatrical coda to the exhibition…

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