"London" tag
Hofesh Shechter Company in Grand Finale.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Grand Finale – London

★★✰✰✰   The end of the world is here – let’s party. This, roughly, is the premise of Grand Finale, Hofesh Shechter’s latest wild and whirling work, in which he grapples with our apocalyptic times…

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…

Duncan Anderson in 5 Soldiers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers: The Body is The Frontline

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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…

Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim in La Bayadere.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – La Bayadere – London

★★★★✰   From the moment Kimin Kim enters with a flourish as Solor in Act I of La Bayadère, we know we’re in for a treat.

Diana Vishneva in Carmen Suite.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Carmen Suite, Infra, Grand Pas from Paquita – London

★★★✰✰   When Maya Plisetskaya commissioned a Carmen-based ballet from Alberto Alonso, co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, she wanted to shake up Soviet ballet conventions…

Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim in La Bayadere.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in La Bayadere

With Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim in the lead. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in the Grand Pas from Paquita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in the Grand Pas from Paquita

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in the lead roles. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Diana Vishneva in Anna Karenina.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Anna Karenina

With Diana Vishneva in the lead. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

English National Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – London

★★★★✰   Hoffalt brings an elegantly mature intelligence to the part… Laurretta Summerscales will leave a hole in the company when she takes her sabbatical next season…

Showpony, part of Trajal Harrell's Hoochie Koochie.© Tristan Fewings. (Click image for larger version)

Trajal Harrell – Hoochie Koochie – London

★★★★✰   Walking into the American dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrell’s first ever performance exhibition is like falling down the rabbit hole into another dimension.

Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernández in Romeo & Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Romeo & Juliet

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Viktoria Tereshkina in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   Tereshkina and Kim match well physically and temperamentally. She has a lovely high-flying arabesque line and a wide range of slow and fast turns, small and expansive movements.

The cast of Tanguera.© Herbert Schulze. (Click image for larger version)

Tanguera – London

★★✰✰✰   This story sounds a lot more interesting than it played out on stage where… it was one long bore, punctuated occasionally by some arresting dance sequences.

Ekaterina Chebykina in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance at Tate Britain.© Tate Britain. (Click image for larger version)

Fevered Sleep’s Men and Girls Dance at Tate Britain

In at the start of the process Josephine Leask talked to Fevered Sleep’s artistic directors Sam Butler and David Harradine about re-staging “Men and Girls” for Tate Britain. It’s an emotive and challenging work to present to an unsuspecting passing audience…

English National Ballet School publicity image for the 2017 Summer Performance.© ENB School. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   The highlight of the second half of the programme was Mats Ek’s Pas de Danse, staged by his assistant, Pompea Santoro.

Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – London

★★★★✰   The thunderous finale pulls all the threads together with the entire cast on stage playing and dancing in a riotous sonic adventure.

Emily Hoff in The Conservatory.© Johan Persson / RBS. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.

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