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Showpony, part of Trajal Harrell's Hoochie Koochie.© Tristan Fewings. (Click image for larger version)

Trajal Harrell – Hoochie Koochie – London

★★★★✰   Walking into the American dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrell’s first ever performance exhibition is like falling down the rabbit hole into another dimension.

Alexander Williams, Hannah Burfield, Harry Alexander and Julie Cunningham in To Be Me.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Julie Cunningham and Company in Returning & To Be Me

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade, Natasha Gooden, Dan-I Harris-Walters, Nicole McDowall, Idney De’Almeida, Ricardo Da Silva, Gemma Kay Hoddy and Dickson Mbi in Gray.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boy Blue Entertainment in Blak Whyte Gray

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sunny Shishodiya, Aditi Mangaldas and Manoj Kumar in Inter_rupted.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company in Inter_rupted

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company in Inter_rupted.© Nirvair Singh. (Click image for larger version)

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Inter_rupted – London

★★★✰✰   This ideal of taking the traditional forms of Kathak and placing the music and movement within a contemporary context gives Inter_rupted its rationale.

Harry Alexander and Benjamin Warbis in the Satie Studs, Ogive 4, section of to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Clark Company – to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song – London

★★★★✰   Whenever I see Michael Clark’s company I usually come away energised and uplifted. Nobody fuses ballet to a youthful modern world like Clark does or reminds you that it’s a tough technique that’s been around a long time.

Oxana Panchenko in LAND, the Act II section of to a simple, rock 'n' roll... song.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Michael Clark Company in LAND – part of “to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song”

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Clemmie Sveaas.© Vicki Manderson. (Click image for larger version)

Clemmie Sveaas – Dancer and New Movement Collective collaborator on their new ‘Collapse – a period drama’

5 questions interview with Clemmie Sveaas, the very-much-in-demand freelance dancer who is also a member of the highly respected New Movement Collective. The Collective are about to premiere their latest site-specific work and we wanted to know more…

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…

Amaresha Kempanna and Charan C S in Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy's NH7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Out of India: Modern Moves – About NH7, Trikonanga, Nerves – London

This challenging programme presents three very different takes on modern dance, each rooted in the vernacular of India, then and now.

Hemabharathy Palani in her Trikonanga.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Out of India – Modern Moves: NH7, Trikonanga (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

Scarlett has somewhat adapted his No Man’s Land since its first season, down-playing the munitions factory in which the women work…

Alexander Whitley.© Daniel Jaems. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Alexander Whitley, Choreographer and Director

5 Questions to Alexander Whitley on his up and coming premiere, Frames, for Rambert. It gets unveiled in Glasgow on the 5 March and then tours. All you need to know from the man himself…

Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Associates of Sadler’s Wells: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter – London

If the brand new works were something of a disappointment then Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling, created on her own company dancers in 2008, was the outstanding hit.

Cathy Naden and Richard Lowdon in The Possible Impossible House.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – The Possible Impossible House – London

Forced Entertainment’s first show conceived for young people is a whimsical ode to the power of storytelling.

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

Rocio Molina in Bosque Ardora.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version

Rocio Molina – Bosque Ardora – London

What a strange world flamenco dancer Rocío Molina conjures up for us in her latest show…

Rocio Molina in Bosque Ardora.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rocio Molina in Bosque Ardora

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

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