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Dane Hurst, Estela Merlos, Mathieu Geffre and Hannah Kidd in Didy Veldman's The Happiness Project.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Umanoove / Didy Veldman – The Happiness Project – Bracknell

★★★✰✰   Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show – but they really need presenting in a less cryptic way than they are here. But do go to see great contemporary dancers and a great violinist strut their stuff and enjoy it for that…

Didy Veldman.© Mia-Bo Powney. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Didy Veldman – on forming and touring her new company, Umanoove

Choreographer Didy Veldman has just formed her own company – Umanoove – and is off touring her latest work, called “The Happiness Project”. Time for a brief 5 questions interview we thought…

Nitin Sawhney at the RAH.© Morah Geist. (Click image for larger version)

Nitin Sawhney with special guests Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang – Concert – London

★★★★✰   It’d be a misnomer to call the evening a dance show – I was hoping Wang Ramirez would have more stage time than they did …but it was a cohesive production in any case, with some bracing, if fleeting, choreography on offer.

Patrick Williams Seebacher, Johnny M. Lloyd, Dimitri Jourde, Fabian Thomé and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Fractus V – London

★★★★✰   The work itself is a statement of faith that collaboration is better than confrontation. Each dancer has a powerful presence but Cherkaoui has forged a remarkable unity from these disparate elements…

Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Holy Body Tattoo in monumental.© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. (Click image for larger version)

The Holy Body Tattoo – monumental – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are times when you wonder if bones have been broken, or organs perforated. On the whole however, the hour and a half work is largely characterised by the violent, repetitive and neurotic gestures.

Book cover - Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance.© Oberon Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance

His is an insider’s account, complete with waspish comments and cameos of the famous people he encountered…

Emio Greco.© Alwin Poiana. (Click image for larger version)

Emio Greco – Choreographer and Director on Ballet National de Marseille’s Body.Dance.Nation.City and more

5 Questions to Emio Greco, choreographer and director of Ballet National de Marseille (with Pieter C. Scholten) on their “Body.Dance.Nation.City” which is being presented at London’s Southbank Centre later this week – 5-6 August 2016

Ballet Hispanico in Flabbergast.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – Flabbergast, Bury Me Standing, Club Havana – New York

★★★★✰   Anyone in need of resurrecting their libido need look no further than Ballet Hispanico’s 45th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater…

Rocio Molina in Danzaora & Vinatica.© Luiz C Ribeiro. (Click image for larger version)

Compania Rocio Molina – Danzaora & Vinática – New York

★★★★★ Molina and her musicians capture flamenco’s traditional spirit and show its future…

Morena Nascimento in ...como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si....© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… – London

★★★✰✰ Like all Pina Bausch’s pieces based on her company’s residencies in different cities, this one (which translates as ‘like moss on a stone’), inspired by Chile, is tantalising in its references.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in ...como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si....© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tymberly Canale in Summer Forever.© Paula Court. (Click image for larger version)

Big Dance Theater – Big Dance: Short Form bill – New York

Every once in a while, an audience exits a theatre feeling deeply alive. Lit. Satisfied. Big Dance Theater’s anniversary show is programmed with the canny sensibilities of a master chef…

Alice Renavand in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Julien Benhamou / Opéra national de Paris. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Polyphonia, Alea Sands, Le Sacre du printemps – Paris

Benjamin Millepied, the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet, made a daring choice of programme for the Christmas season at the opulent Palais Garnier opera house: a triple bill of contemporary works…

Phoenix Dance Theatre in Until.With / Out.Enough.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Until.With / Out.Enough, Tearfall, Bloom – London

One essential factor in the current success of Phoenix is a cohort of excellent dancers…

H2DANCE in Staging Ages.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

H2DANCE – Staging Ages – London

Packed overfull with ideas, it’s a way of looking at how our behaviour changes over the years, while we continue to feel much the same inside.

Cai Glover and IsaBelle Paquette in Symphonie Dramatique.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Cas Public – Symphonie Dramatique – London

Blackburn has deconstructed the story of the play and the conventions of narrative dance. The only way to follow ‘the one-hour’s traffic of the stage’ is through video captions and quotations…

Lucy Crowe in Orphée et Eurydice.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Opera and Hofesh Shechter Company – Orphée et Eurydice – London

Hofesh Schechter joins the ranks of choreographers who have directed (or co-directed in Schechter’s case, along with John Fulljames) Gluck’s Orpheus opera: they include Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Pina Bausch and Mark Morris, among others.

Philippe Decoufle Company DCA in Contact.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Philippe Decouflé Company DCA – Contact – London

It’s undoubtedly fun in Decouflé’s world… but you do start to wish someone would hold your hand through it for a while.

Sasha Waltz & Guests in d'avant.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Waltz & Guests – d’avant – London

…d’avant is the collaborative work of four dancers-singers-creators: Sidi Larbi Charkaoui, Damien Jalet, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola. Waltz herself is not credited in the programme…

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