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Liz Lerman.© Lise Metzger. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella Lecture 2017 – Liz Lerman: “Finding the Thread, Losing the Plot”

Liz Lerman is an enlightened performer, writer, educator and speaker. A tiny woman with a quietly formidable presence, her lecture was an inspirational manifesto for dance and life.

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.

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl – Origami – London

★★★✰✰   Origami is a work for a solo performer and a shipping container which slowly unfolds and reconfigures itself over forty minutes.

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…

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl’s Origami

Photographed at Battersea Power Station. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Mats Ek's Axe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival – KnowBody II – London

★★★✰✰   Mats Ek’s “Axe” could be the beginning to a new Scandi Noir TV series. There is a man, an axe, a huge pile of wood that he starts to chop with repressed intensity and a visibly distressed wife. It doesn’t look like it will end well.

Siv Ander in Use My Body While It's Still Young.© Ellen Lande Gossner. (Click image for larger version)

Hege Haagenrud – Use My Body While It’s Still Young – London

★★★★✰   Dance Umbrella brings to The Place an unusually thoughtful and touching work. In Use My Body While It’s Still Young, Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud takes a cool and unflinching look at the unfashionable subject of ageing…

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.

Jérôme Bel's Gala.© Josefina Tommasi. (Click image for larger version)

Jerome Bel – Gala – London

★★★★✰   Jérôme Bel’s Gala turns the performer/spectator dynamic and the act of performance itself, inside-out…

Arch8 in Erik Kaiel’s Tetris.© Erik Korzo. (Click image for larger version)

Erik Kaiel / Arch 8 Dancers – No Man Is An Island, Tetris – London

★★★✰✰   Despite my reservations about joining in, this show was a lot of fun to watch; and it was clearly loads of joy for the young people – whatever their actual age – to take part in.

Jamila Johnson-Small in i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Jamila Johnson-Small in i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere

Part of Dance Umbrella 2016. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

CCN Ballet de Lorraine in Unknown Pleasures.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – CCN, Ballet de Lorraine in Unknown Pleasures

Part of Dance Umbrella 2016. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance performing Agon.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance – Agon, Rite of Spring, Symphonies of Wind Instruments – London

★★★✰✰   Esa-Pekka Salonen is conducting London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a Stravinsky festival, the first concert of which included a collaboration with Karole Armitage’s company on “Agon” – famously originally choreographed by Balanchine…

Dance Umbrella Launches 2016 Festival – 7-22 Oct 2016

The programme for Dance Umbrella 2016 has been announced today by Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, taking place in 16 venues across London from 7 – 22 October 2016.

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma / Vuyani Dance Theatre – Exit / Exist – London

Exit / Exist is Gregory Maqoma’s reflections on the story of his ancestor, Chief Maqoma, who faced up to the British in South Africa in the 19th century…

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…

La Veronal in Voronia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

La Veronal – Voronia – London

What does all this mean? Beats me.

La Veronal in Voronia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – La Veronal in Voronia (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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