"Peacock Theatre" tag
New English Ballet Theatre in Remembrance by Wayne Eagling.© Deborah Jaffe. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – The Four Seasons, Remembrance – London

★★★✰✰   Both pieces are demanding and elicit some impressively stylish moments, though there’s a fair amount of unevenness…

Robert Carter in The Dying Swan.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Les Sylphides bill – London

★★★★✰   The curtain calls for Robert Carter’s “Dying Swan” are nearly as long as the ballet itself and just as funny.

Joshua Thake.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Programme A, Swan Lake bill – London

★★★★★   The Trocks’ version of Swan Lake (or Lac, as it used to be known) restores some Soviet era removals. Benno, the hero’s best friend and supporter, is back, as are mime sequences, mostly mystifying the participants…

Che Malambo.© Diane Smithers. (Click image for larger version)

Gilles Brinas’ Che Malambo – London

★★★✰✰   Malambo is a dance form rooted in the traditions of the gaucho (South American cowboys), evolving from long nights by the campfire on the cattle trails of Las Pampas…

Phoenix Dance Theatre in Windrush: Movement of the People.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Windrush: Movement of the People, Calyx, Shadow – London

★★★★✰   Watson, a child of the Windrush generation, showed movingly here just what a “hostile environment” existed for these migrants from the moment they arrived.

Motionhouse in Charge.© Dan Tucker. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Charge – London

★★✰✰✰   The theme of Charge was energy – how electricity shapes our world and powers our bodies and minds; it was created with the input of scientists at the University of Oxford.

Tango After Dark publicity image.© German Cornejo. (Click image for larger version)

Germán Cornejo – Tango After Dark – London

★★★★★   I cannot imagine that partnered dance gets any better than this.

Jakop Ahlbom Company in Lebensraum.© Stephan van Hesteren. (Click image for larger version)

Jakop Ahlbom Company – Lebensraum – London

★★★★✰   There are some extremely demanding physical comedy routines incorporated into Lebensraum. Even some of the throwaways are wince-inducing…

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

Gallery – Stufish’s SOHO

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.

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…

Circus of the Senses in Mother Africa: Khayelitsha – My Home.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Circus of the Senses in Mother Africa: Khayelitsha – My Home

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Nolly - Noluyanda Mqulwana.© Circus Der Sinne. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Noluyanda Mqulwana, dancer and choreographer with Mother Africa

Tanzania-based Circus of the Senses are presenting their internationally-toured Mother Africa at London’s Peacock in February/March. We have a word with dancer and choreographer Noluyanda Mqulwana (Nolly)…

Gisela Galeassi and Germán Cornejo in Germán Cornejo’s Tango Fire.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Germán Cornejo’s Tango Fire

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gandini Juggling in Smashed: Special Edition.© Kristy Meijers. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling – Smashed: Special Edition – London

★★★★✰   Bausch with added balls.

Cameron Sutherland and Martin Fenton in The Snowman.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s The Snowman

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Bethany Headland, Alexander Nuttall, Alexandra Cameron-Martin and Diogo Barbosa in Kristen McNally's Moonshine.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Quint-Essential bill of Five New Ballets – London

★★★✰✰   Some of these pieces are more successful than others but the dancers seize the opportunities with relish…

Diogo Barbosa in Valentino Zucchetti's Enticement's Lure.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in Land of Nod, Strangers, Moonshine and Enticement’s Lure

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

China National Peking Opera Company in The Legend of the White Snake.© China National Peking Opera Company. (Click image for larger version

China National Peking Opera Company – Legend of the White Snake & The General & The Prime Minister – London

★★★★★   …put together, over two very different performances – one highly comedic, the other, much more serious – all of this imagery, profound drama, great singing, hilarious comedy and so much more, is easily enough to justify my very first five star-rating of 2016.

Motionhouse in Broken.© Katja Ogrin. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Broken – London

★★★✰✰   If the tech didn’t entirely wow and draw me in then the Motionhouse dancers did as strong and agile performers. This is dance infused with circus and their clever physicality pleases no end.

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