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Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Dust by Akram Khan.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

★★★★★   “I cannot recall being so moved at a dance performance for a very long time, if ever.”

Akram Khan in Xenos.© Jean-Louis Fernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Xenos – London

★★★✰✰   Xenos, which apparently means “stranger” or, more aptly for this piece, “foreigner”, is a tangled mass of many things but, above all, it seems to be an essay on loneliness.

Dana Fouras & Russell Maliphant in Duet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – maliphantworks2: Critical Mass, Two Times Two, Still, Duet – London

★★★★✰   Duet, the new work for Maliphant and Fouras closes the programme. This has a surprisingly eclectic soundtrack. After bursts of static as if from a radio, a vintage recording of Una furtive lacrima tenderly sung by Caruso…

Men in Motion flyer.© Nick Knight. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2017) – London

★★✰✰✰   All the ingredients seemed promising but the evening was disappointing, struggling to recover from the tedium of the dire opening item…

Akram Khan in DESH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Desh – London

★★★★★   This is Khan’s own personal story, but it achieves a much wider resonance about how we can learn to reconcile ourselves to our past, and to acknowledge where and what we come from as we mature.

Tommy Franzen and Dickson Mbi in The Wall.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – maliphantworks: Wall, One part II, Two, Afterlight (Part One) – London

★★★★★   The hour-long evening is a magical experience, a testament to the decades-long collaboration between Maliphant and Hulls…

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Natalia Osipova in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Qutb, Silent Echo and Run Mary, Run – London

★★★✰✰   Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.

Michael Hulls LightSpace.© Heathcliff O'Malley. (Click image for larger version)

No Body – Installations by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls, Nitin Sawhney, Siobhan Davies and Russell Maliphant – London

★★★✰✰   No Body was an interesting diversion, that confirms the artistic chops of the technical talent that makes so many shows pop and zing. As an exercise I hope it might be repeated every few years.

Lucy Carter.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to lighting designer Lucy Carter on ‘No Body’ – Sadler’s Wells dance installation sans the dancers

‘No Body’, by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls and Nitin Sawhney, runs from 7-12 June 2016 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Nathan Young and Adam Kirkham in Piece No.43.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Conceal | Reveal bill – London

It sounds like a great combination, and had some stunning moments, but turned out to be an oddly uneven experience in the theatre…

Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton and Nathan Young in Russell Maliphant's Broken Fall.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Inheriting Broken Fall – New Russell Maliphant dancers take on a legendary piece of dance

An interview with Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton, Nathan Young and Yu-Hsien Wu of Russell Maliphant Company as they take on roles first created by Guillem and the BalletBoyz. Also advice to graduating students and discussion of Maliphant’s approach to creating new work…

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

Scarlett has somewhat adapted his No Man’s Land since its first season, down-playing the munitions factory in which the women work…

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – A Life in Progress – London

Sylvie Guillem’s farewell programme at the Coliseum (following its modest Sadler’s Wells presentation in May) is a glorious spectacle in the largest theatre in London.

Akram Khan & Israel Galván in Torobaka.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan & Israel Galván – Torobaka – London

In the genealogy of dance, kathak and flamenco share common ancestry.

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…

Louise Lecavalier in So Blue.© Andre Cornellier. (Click image for larger version)

Louise Lecavalier – So Blue – London

If there’s a linking rationale between the sequences, other than one of physical contrasts, it’s not evident. Lecavalier cannot fail to be riveting because of her compelling presence, as androgynous as David Bowie, as vulnerable as Wendy Houstoun…

Thomasin Gülgeç in Russell Maliphant's Afterlight.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Still Current bill – London

It’s a short programme but packed with memorable images, and brilliantly executed.

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Christopher Wheeldon, Classical Choreography winner.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2013

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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