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Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Rosie Kay’s MK Ultra is an ambitious project which tackles complex thematic sources – conspiracy theories, brain washing and mind-control, not to mention myths about secret societies such as the Illuminati…

Jennifer France and National Dance Company Wales dancers in Pascal Dusapin's Passion.© Clive Barda. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales/Music Theatre Wales – Pascal Dusapin’s Passion – London

★★★★✰   Pascal Dusapin’s dance opera Passion is a minimalist affair. There are no ornate sets or costumes, no crowds of characters or elaborate plotlines to consume them. Instead we’re presented with a snapshot of two anonymous lovers…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa in Play.© Koen Broos. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa – Play – London

★★✰✰✰   Cherkaoui looks older than his years, so much so that his relationship in Play with Shivalingappa risks being unsettling. As dancers, they are no longer equals, as they must have been in 2008.

Promotional image for Malavika Sarukkai's Thari - The Loom.© Shalini Jain. (Click image for larger version)

Malavika Sarukkai – Thari, The Loom – London

★★★✰✰   The inspiration for bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai to create her group work Thari – The Loom came from the hand weavers of Kanchipuram in India and the elaborately patterned saris that they produce.

From 1998, Motionhouse in Faking It.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Motionhouse at 30

Motionhouse are celebrating their 30th anniversary and we thought it would be terrific to review and toast their success with some great pictures taken over those 30 years.

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Akram Khan Company in Kaash.© Louis Fernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Kaash – London

★★★★✰ Even without Khan’s charismatic presence Kaash is a fiercely physical and engrossing hour in the theatre…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Seeta Patel.© Arnhel de Serra. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Margam: A Classical Dance Recital – London

This programme is a satisfying synthesis of classical music and dance from southern India, all from performers based in the UK.

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…

Anthony Missen in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty of the Beast – London

Beauty of the Beast – surely a contender for cleverest title of the year – is a fascinating study of how male behaviour evolves through the processes of their interaction.

Jinhao Zhang in The Dying Swan.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2015

Like ENB at large, the eight finalists for 2015 are a noticeably international bunch, representing Germany, America, Ukraine, Brazil, China and the UK between them.

Jinhao Zhang and Isabelle Brouwers in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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…

Clemmie Sveaas and Renaud Wiser in Please Be Seated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Movement Collective – Please Be Seated – London

All up NMC pulled another interesting night out the bag and easy to see why they have been nominated (as Best Independent Company) in this years National Dance Awards.

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English National Ballet 2014/2015 Season

Full Details of the 2014 / 15 Season…

Claire Cunningham in Guide Gods with Derek Nisbet behind.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Claire Cunningham – Guide Gods – London

What do the major faiths and religions have to say about disability and how do they treat the differently abled? Claire Cunningham’s ‘Guide Gods’ shines a light…

Claire Cunningham in Guide Gods.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Claire Cunningham’s Guide Gods

Gallery by Dave Morgan… Claire Cunningham’s Guide Gods is part of Umlimited, the Southbank Centre’s festival that celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists.

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ZooNation Youth Company – Groove On Down The Road – London

…this show’s greatest sleight of hand is to have constructed a truly professional, West End-worthy production from the performances of young, amateur dancers, under the age of 19.

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…

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