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National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Tarantiseismic – London

★★✰✰✰   Reviewing a youth dance company is always a tricky thing. These are not professional dancers although everything else about the production is a professional show.

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

Lizzie Klotz in MK Ultra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Hong Kong Dance Company in The Legend of Mulan.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – The Legend of Mulan – London

★★✰✰✰   For western audience tastes, there is quite a heavy dose of melodrama in this Mulan – Matthew Ma’s overblown score of soaring strings ramps this up further.

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – National Youth Dance Company/Damien Jalet: Tarantiseismic

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Fevered Sleep's Men and Girls Dance.© Matthew Andrews. (Click image for larger version)

Fevered Sleep – Men and Girls Dance – London

★★★★✰   Men and Girls Dance is a touching and joyful demonstration of optimism about us humans in an increasingly bleak age.

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

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

★★★★✰   It is impossible to review Betroffenheit without reference to the tragedy that sits behind it…

Vera Tussing's Mazing.© Alessandra Roccherri. (Click image for larger version)

Vera Tussing – Mazing – London

★★★✰✰   If you like to keep an arm’s distance between you and the contemporary dance you’re watching, then Vera Tussing is probably not for you.

Vanessa Fenton's Methuselah.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Vanessa Fenton – Bouncing back and new works presented in Siobhan Davies and Clore Studios

After a few years below the radar Vanessa Fenton has been quietly bouncing back choreographically and this month presented her own double bill at Siobhan Davies Dance Studies and once again contributed a piece to the Royal Ballet’s latest Draft Works bill.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures - The Infernal Galop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – London

★★★★✰   Matthew Bourne celebrates the 30th anniversary of his own company at the same time as Tate Britain has launched “Queer British Art 1861-1967” to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. “Early Adventures” could be a theatrical coda to the exhibition…

Vanessa Fenton's The Face of Forgiveness.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Vanessa Fenton’s Methuselah and The Face of Forgiveness

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Louis Parker-Evans in Tamsin Fitzgerald's From Above.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – 2Faced Dance Company in From Above

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Rubies.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Jewels – Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Dan Daw in On One Condition.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Dan Daw

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen bill – London

★★★★★   One cannot help but observe that while the programmes of other companies both hit and miss, in terms of their critical appreciation and popular appeal, ENB is continually raising the bar…

Tamara Rojo and Isaac Hernandez in Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Adagio Hammerklavier & In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Haydn Oakley in An American in Paris.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – An American in Paris – London

★★★★★   The ballet is a triumph, of course. It really is… Wheeldon and his collaborators have reclaimed the Gershwins’ music and songs for a five-star production…

The Royal Ballet in Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Flight Pattern (premiere), After the Rain, The Human Seasons – London

Flight Pattern: ★★★★★, After the Rain: ★★★✰✰, Human Seasons: ★★✰✰✰.   Like Gorecki, Crystal Pite has created a memorable and moving work full of meaning…

Chihiro Kawasaki and Heejung Kim in Rosalind.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – James Cousins Company in Rosalind

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ivan Vassiliev and Kristina Kretova in Sceherazade.© Marc Haegeman. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – In the steps of the Ballets Russes – London

★★★★✰   The long gala (three and a half hours with one interval) was well organised, with no speeches and no protracted curtain calls.

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