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Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – New York

★★✰✰✰   The best moments in The Toad Knew are comic, but there aren’t enough of them. Old-fashioned clowning is sprinkled throughout the production…

James Thierrée and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – London

★★✰✰✰   There is no sense of who these people are, or why they are there.

Daniil Simkin in Alexander Ekman's Simkin and the Stage.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Daniil Simkin – INTENSIO – New York

Just before intermission Simkin included two film-and-performance works by Alexander Ekman. Simkin and the City, which went viral with the Internet-savvy dance crowd a couple of years ago, always gets a good chuckle.

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

New York City Ballet in Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Harlequinade – New York

If Harlequinade is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Square Dance (1957), which preceded it on the program, never fails to lift the heart.

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.

James Thiérrée and Katell Le Brenn in Tabac Rouge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierree – Tabac Rouge – London

It takes Thiérrée a long time to make each new work. Tabac Rouge is his fourth production in a decade…

Sergei Polunin and Kristina Shapran in Petit's Coppelia.© E Fetisova. (Click image for larger version)

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet – Roland Petit’s Coppelia – London

The pleasure lies in the quality of dancing rather than interpretation. Petit was an expert at animating a stage, a musical-theatre choreographer who delivered what audiences expected…

Trocks in Walpurgisnacht.© Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Mixed bill (very) – Paris

The Cuban schooling of Hopuy is impressive and his variation was expertly danced, including the trademark Cuban flicking over of the take-off leg in a jeté en tournant…

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