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Interviewed - Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes - 4 of the 6 Emerging Dancer 2017 finalists.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 Competition – 5 Questions to 4 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 25 May and ahead of the that we talk to 4 of the 6 finalists – Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Symphonic Dances (premiere), The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless – London

★★★★✰   Symphonic Dances is Scarlett’s farewell portrait of Yanowsky. Like her, the ballet is big and bold, beautiful and elusive.

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse in danse de nuit.© Boris Brussey. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse – danse de nuit – London

★★✰✰✰   The whirling speech is often hard to decipher – the dancers are always in motion, their words thrown at whoever is nearest, the acoustics are terrible, and their French accents are very heavy.

Hannah Rudd in Aletta Collins' The days run away like wild horses.© Ellie Kurtz. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Ghost Dances, The days run away like wild horses (premiere), The Three Dancers, – London

★★★★✰   The days run away like wild horses: The teeming vitality of this opening offers exuberant fun, as does the playfulness Collins adds to her source material…

Luke Ahmet, with Edit Domoszlai, Carolyn Bolton, Hannah Rudd and Lucy Balfour in Ghost Dances.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Ghost Dances

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Clare Halse and the company of 42nd Street.© Brinkhoff & Moegenburg. (Click image for larger version)

42nd Street / An American in Paris – London

42nd Street ★★★★★ / An American in Paris ★★★★✰ – Jann Parry reviews “42nd Street” and takes another look at “An American in Paris”, this time with Ashley Day partnering Leanne Cope…

Javier Torres in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – London

★★★★✰   In his new ballet, Kenneth Tindall takes Casanova on an epic adventure in absorbing dance theatre that aligns his inventive choreography and mime with a strong and exciting narrative…

Brandon Lawrence in Arcadia poster image.© Richard Battye, BRB. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia (premiere), Wink – Cheltenham

★★★✰✰   The South tour is particularly interesting this year because it features a new piece by Ruth Brill, a first artist within the company, and this is her first major commission.

Mavin Khoo & Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Agudo Dance Company – Silk Road – London

★★★★✰   There’s an appealing simplicity to Jose Agudo’s first full-length company production.

James Thierrée and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – London

★★✰✰✰   There is no sense of who these people are, or why they are there.

Stufish's SOHO.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Stufish’s SOHO

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Agudo Dance Company in Silk Road: Full Circle and West to East

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thi Mai Nguyen in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton in The Toad Knew

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Mark Murphy's Out of this World.© Mark Murphy’s V-TOL. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Murphy’s V-TOL – Out of this World – London

★✰✰✰✰   It wants to be a seat-of-your-pants psychological chiller and a heartbreaking love story. It is neither.

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Mayerling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Mayerling – London

★★★★★   Edward Watson and Steven McRae casts both reviewed. “…the Royal Ballet is doing MacMillan proud, coming up to the 25th anniversary of his death…”

Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Scattered.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Scattered – London

★★★★✰   Weaker choreography might easily be overshadowed by the monumental capacity of the set and motion graphics, but Finnan’s work is equally imposing…

Sir Matthew Bourne with the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – An Appreciation on his winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Graham Watts’ citation, made before the presentation – a major appreciation of a huge star of dance and theatre…

Sooraj Subramaniam in Material Man Redux.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Material Man Redux

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Mayerling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Mayerling

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Shelley Eva Haden, Shanelle Clemenson, Ryan Munroe, Harriet Ellis and Joao Maio in MK Ultra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Kay has produced a visually exciting and sexy work based on a theory that is all clearly nonsense.

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