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Cia Maduixa in DOT.© Jorid Pla. (Click image for larger version)

Cia Maduixa – DOT – London

★★★★★   What makes the show so seductive is the smooth and slick integration of visual effects with movement.

Hannah Burfield and Londiwe Khoza in Rays, Spark, Beating Glows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella – Shoreditch Takeover – London

★★★★✰   Wrapping up Dance Umbrella, “Shoreditch Takeover” was a celebration of cross-disciplinary work. It featured two dance works, poetry and a film, not to mention a DJ…

Anna Martine Freeman - part of Shoreditch Takeover.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shoreditch Takeover: featuring choreography by Julie Cunningham

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman and Jacqueline Bâby in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Lyon Opera Ballet – Trois Grandes Fugues – London

★★★★✰   How many ways can you hear the same piece of music? This inspired programme by Lyon Opera Ballet suggested, with elegant simplicity, that there are as many ways to hear something as there are people to hear it.

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman, Jacqueline Bâby, Coralie Levieux and Graziella Lorriaux in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Lyon Opera Ballet in Maguy Marin’s part of Trois Grandes Fugues

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

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