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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.

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

Gallery – National Youth Dance Company/Damien Jalet: Tarantiseismic

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

National Youth Dance Company in Michael Keegan-Dolan's In – Nocentes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company –   In- Nocentes   – London

★★★★✰   They say that the best cooks take the ingredients and do the least to them to create a magnificent meal, and that’s what Michael Keegan-Dolan has done…

Publicity image for Gravity Fatigue.© Manuel Vason. (Click image for larger version)

Hussein Chalayan – Gravity Fatigue – London

Calling it a dance performance might be pushing it, to be honest, as there’s little actual dance… Instead, it’s more of a slick live art installation…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Ars Electronica Linz GmbH / Veronika Pauser. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Ink, Murmur – New York

…a perfect example of what can happen when an exceptional practitioner is led astray by an excess of theatrical ideas and special effects.

Yabin Wang in Genesis.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Yabin Studio & Eastman – Genesis 生长 – London

While other Cherkaoui collaborations have generally crossed boundaries to link contemporary movement with the borrowed style, in Genesis there appears to be a multiplicity of influences.

Sasha Waltz & Guests in d'avant.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Waltz & Guests – d’avant – London

…d’avant is the collaborative work of four dancers-singers-creators: Sidi Larbi Charkaoui, Damien Jalet, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola. Waltz herself is not credited in the programme…

Al’manni Alli, Tyrell Foreshaw and National Youth Dance Company in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Frame[d].© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Frame[d] – London

Do catch it if you want to enjoy the energy and shared commitment of its young performers.

Scottish Dance Theatre in Yama.© Brian Hartley/Stillmotion. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre – Yama, Kingdom – Edinburgh

There’s a thread connecting the elemental ancient to the here and now, trailing slowly but firmly through Scottish Dance Theatre’s double bill of new works.

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