"Barbican Theatre" tag
Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Dust by Akram Khan.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

★★★★★   “I cannot recall being so moved at a dance performance for a very long time, if ever.”

Ricardo Da Silva, Gemma Kay Hoddy and Dickson Mbi in Blak Whyte Gray.© Carl Fox. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – Blak Whyte Gray – London

★★★★✰   Directed by Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the return to the Barbican of Blak Whyte Gray, is again a triumph.

Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – A Night with Boy Blue – London

★★★✰✰   The annual celebration of all things Boy Blue fielded 138 dancers this year – Kenrick Sandy and Michael Asante’s company is one that can wow you through sheer force of numbers alone.

Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue

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Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth – London

★★★★✰   Was she passionate as well as imperious? Her own letters and poems suggest so: contemporary accounts by others are not to be trusted. Her position of power in turbulent times generated a lot of fake news…

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) – London

★★★★★   The words “90 minutes, no interval” generally fill me with dread.

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rocío Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Darren Johnston's Zero Point.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Darren Johnston – Zero Point – London

★★✰✰✰   The show – an art installation and dance performance at once – makes heavy use of digital technology, with a range of lighting and visual illusions designed by Johnston, plus a thudding soundtrack from Canadian composer Tim Hecker.

Cira Robinson in Red Riding Hood by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood – London

★★★✰✰   It’s rather a scandal that Ballet Black get no regular Arts Council support and yet proportionally they do far more to put new work out there and also before a public that is not your usual ballet crowd.

Julie Cunningham.© Amy Sinead Photography. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Julie Cunningham, about choreographing, her link to Rambert and starting her own company…

Julie Cunningham on Twitter www.rambert.org.uk Julie Cunningham and Company make their debut at the Barbican Theatre on the 8-11 March 2017. Full Details A busy time for Julie Cunningham – this last year…

Sayaka Ichikawa and Damien Johnson in House of Dreams by Michael Corder.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jennifer Davis, Gemma Nixon, Jonathan Goddard, Edward Watson, Zenaida Yanowsky and Thomas Whitehead in Les Enfants Terribles by Javier de Frutos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet / Royal Opera – Les Enfants Terribles – London

★★★✰✰   The story line becomes as labyrinthine as the ribbons of tape that criss-cross Paul’s bedroom.

Clemmie Sveaas in Les Enfants Terribles by Javier de Frutos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Les Enfants Terribles

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Viviana Durante.© David Scheinmann, courtesy Viviana Durante. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Viviana Durante: Ballerina, mother, teacher and coach of MacMillan’s Anastasia

One of the leading interpreters of Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballets Viviana Durante’s leaving of the Royal Ballet at the height of her powers was a sad loss to London, if the gain of those who saw her perform elsewhere all around the world. Well now she’s back at the Royal Opera House, this time to coach MacMillan’s Anastasia, which is where Jann Parry caught up with her…

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.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Arthur Pita's Cristaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Cristaux, To Begin, Begin, Storyville – London

★★★★✰   I’ve long admired Ballet Black’s efforts to make ballet a more accessible art form to both dancers and audiences who’ve historically been excluded from it.

Cira Robinson and Damien Johnson in Christopher Hampson's Storyville.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in Cristaux, To Begin, Begin and Storyville

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois in He Who Falls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois in He Who Falls – Part of London International Mime Festival

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Circa in The Return.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Circa – The Return – London

★★★✰✰ “The memorable sensory atmosphere of the work was both enhanced and interrupted by the live music onstage…”

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