"London Contemporary Dance school" tag
Erna Ómarsdóttir.© Saga Sigurðardóttir. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Erna Ómarsdóttir, Iceland Dance Company director, about the company and their latest touring bill – Sacrifice

Iceland Dance Company are about to present the UK premiere of Sacrifice at London’s Royal Festival Hall – so an excellent time to catch up with Erna Ómarsdóttir, their choreographing director…

Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley.© Camilla Greenwell and Flora Wellesley Wesley. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley of Nora

We talk to two of the three artistic directors of Nora about what makes them tick and touring their latest bill – “Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy”.

James Wilton Dance in Leviathan.© Steve Tanner. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – Leviathan – London

★★★✰✰   A piece of dance that takes Moby-Dick as its inspiration has to be worth seeing. Lynette Halewood at The Place in London to see “Leviathan” performed by James Wilton Dance…

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…

Dane Hurst.© Karl Schoemaker. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst – Choreographer, dancer and artistic director talking about Exodus, his latest Dulwich Picture Gallery show

Last year Dane Hurst conjured a magical night of dance at Dulwich Picture Gallery as a response to one of their exhibitions. Well he’s back, this year responding to Winifred Knights “The Deluge” with a night of dance called Exodus. We talk to him…

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Interview – Jane Hackett, Director of National Youth Dance Company

Sara Veale catches up with Jane Hackett, director of National Youth Dance Company, ahead of NYDC’s performance at Latitude Festival on 19 July.

Liam Riddick and Jonathan Goddard in Mazur.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home, 20th Anniversary bill – London

The Richard Alston Dance Company concludes its spring tour with a series of performances at The Place, celebrating their 20th anniversary with premieres of new commissions and a revival of one of his classics…

James Wilton Dance Company in Last Man Standing.© Werner Kmetitsch. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – Last Man Standing – London

James Wilton Dance are touring Last Man Standing – a narrative work based on Terry Pratchett’s book The Last Hero and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Lynette Halewood was impressed…

JV2 2015 publicity image.© Alastair Muir, courtesy The Place, JV2. (Click image for larger version)

JV2 – Silence, Unregistered Traces, I was Minus All – London

What you get with the Jasmin Vardimon brand is an intense physical approach to dance and the JV2 dancers have assimilated this physicality with gusto.

Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company) in Robert Cohan's Sigh.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Cohan at 90 – Gala evening at The Place – London

The opening and closing pieces showed how skilfully Cohan responds to dancers whose training and experience are very different from the Graham-based technique on which he drew for many decades.

Yorke Dance Project 'Figure Ground' bill generic publicity image.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Yorke Dance Project – Figure Ground bill – London

Heralding the celebrations of Robert Cohan’s 90th anniversary year Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s enterprising company, founded in 2009, is touring a programme, Figure Ground, containing two of his works.

LCDS in Sally Marie's I am 8.© Danilo Moroni. (Click image for larger version)

Questions and Dancers, dance for the young – Sally Marie and John Ross – London

I’m a sucker for a children’s show. The audience are just as demanding as grownups but there is the additional frisson of not knowing what they will get up to if excited… or just bored stiff.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

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

London Contemporary Dance School Collaborations, flyer image.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – Music Collaborations with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

…along with a decent whack of technical precision, the dancers and musicians peppered their performances with dashes of creative flair and energy galore.

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

Kirsty Arnold (LCDS alumna) in Joanna Young's Army of Me.© Iain Payne. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – MA and Alumni Projects Upturn bill – London

…there’s a strong whiff of ‘experimental student’ here, but there’s also a good bit of talent on display.

Transitions Dance Company publicity image.© Chris Nash, (Click image for larger version)

Transitions Dance Company – 2014 Mixed bill – London

Transitions Dance Company is a finishing school that provides a special opportunity to contextualise their dance studies and training and this year’s ensemble demonstrated a strong range of capabilities across a wide spectrum of skill sets.

Sharon Watson.© Richard Moran. (Click image for larger version)

Sharon Watson – Artistic director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Funding is my biggest frustration. Compared to others, we receive peanuts. We have to strip everything back. That can be healthy – forcing me to scrutinise why I want something and concentrating on production values.

Detail from poster. © London Children's Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet – The Secret Garden – London

This is the 19th LCB production and a remarkable total of 7,500 children have auditioned over this time, with just 669 making it into the company…

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