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Reece Causton, Oliver Russell, Luke Bradshaw and Harriet Ellis in 5 Soldiers.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – 5 Soldiers: the Body is the Frontline – London

★★★★✰   The physicality of 5 Soldiers during the hour-long performance brings home the breaking of bodies…

Scottish Ballet in Each Other.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Each Other (premiere) – Glasgow

★★★★✰   Each Other makes you reflect and think – and it deserves to be seen much more widely.

Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young's Betroffenheit.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre – Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young – London

★★★✰✰   I give it 3 stars because when you do see Pite’s movement it’s amazing, but in any other hands this was a 2 star night.

Thomas Edwards, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo in Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Maze, Motion of Displacement, Elsa Canasta – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s autumn bill is an uplifting affair with everything on it new to the company…

Sophie Laplane.© Christina Riley. (Click image for larger version)

Sophie Laplane – Choreographer and Dancer, Scottish Ballet

5 Questions to Sophie Laplane on her latest work for Scottish Ballet – Maze…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört – London

Auf dem Gebirge comes from her gloomy period, when she was more concerned with the imagery her performers could dig out of themselves than with their abilities as dancers.

Sandrine Monin and Sam Vaherlehto in Christopher Bruce's Shadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Shift, Shadows, Document, Mapping – London

It’s not often these days you get a bill that couples a brand-new piece by Christopher Bruce with something by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Sadly neither of these choreographic heavyweights has been as active in UK dance as they were formerly and this program reminds us of what we have been missing.

TaikaBox in Beyond The Body.© TaikaBox. (Click image for larger version)

TaikaBox – Beyond The Body – Edinburgh

There’s a clean, healthy lightness that runs through TaikaBox’s meditation on the limits of the body

Pavel Mašek and Andrea Opavská in Riders.© Viktor Kronbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Lenka Vagnerová brings wild women and mythological animals to Edinburgh in Fringe shows La Loba and Riders

‘I was not interested in the image of womanhood as it is presented by the media, nor in its visual aspect,’ says Vagnerová…

Compagnie Philippe Genty in Forget Me Not.© Pascal Francois. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Philippe Genty – Forget Me Not (Ne M’Oublie Pas) – Grasse

These are not purely dance performances, but an imaginative and original mixture of dance, mime, marionettes, illusion, music, light and sound effects…

Nina Ananiashvili with her final shrug in Tampopo, from 2012 gala.© Lado Vachnadze. (Click image for larger version)

Happy Birthday Nina Ananiashvili

A tribute to Nina Ananiashvili – with personal memories – on her 50th birthday.

Print Room and AP Productions – Jealousy – London

Come the end of 2012, this is likely to be one of my highlights of the year. It’s not often I see a show and then book to see the same cast immediately again or pester others to go. The reason is that Jealousy works on so many different levels…

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