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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…

Ashley Shaw in The Red Shoes.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – London

★★★✰✰   If you remember the 1948 film, the plot is easy to follow. If you don’t, and can’t pick up the references to ballets, a printed scenario would be helpful, as would job-descriptions of the characters…

Corey Annand in Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

★★★★✰   The Little Match Girl is small-scale, but it’s pretty spectacular all the same – a sweet and witty alternative to the typical Christmas family fare.

Ashley Shaw in The Red Shoes.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Company of Elders in Home Turf.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Company of Elders – Art of Age II – London

★★✰✰✰   Sad to say, then, that I found Art of Age II rather disappointing…

Zhang Jian and Zhu Yan in The Peony Pavilion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – The Peony Pavilion – London

★★★✰✰   Peony Pavilion has become a signature work for the National Ballet of China and it’s easy to see why it has come back.

Zhu Yan in The Peony Pavilion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – National Ballet of China in The Peony Pavilion

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Michael Keegan-Dolan's Swan Lake / Loch na hEala.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Hetain Patel in American Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Hetain Patel – American Man – London

★★✰✰✰   American Man, sets racism and sexism in its sights – “somewhat contradictory” subjects for Patel, he noted in his follow-up talk…

Hetain Patel in American Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hetain Patel in American Man

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Lee Yin-ying in Beckoning.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate 2 – Wicked Fish, The Wall, Beckoning – London

★★★✰✰   One can only marvel at the flowing control of these excellent dancers and the simple beauty and purity of the dance they presented.

Luo Sih-wei in Beckoning.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cloud Gate 2 in Beckoning

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★✰✰   Jann Parry with an alternative view and detailed account of the Akram Khan Giselle for English National Ballet…

Jasmin Vardimon.© and courtesy Jasmin Vardimon. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Jasmin Vardimon concentrating on her latest work and tour – Pinocchio

jasminvardimon.com Full details of Pinocchio tour The Jasmin Vardimon Company has built up a remarkable repertoire of physical theatre and contemporary dance, since the company was founded, almost 20 years’ ago. The principal…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★✰   Khan’s revision of this classic ballet is spirited and confident; its faults are definitely fixable. This is bravura dance-making and a thrilling addition to the ENB’s repertoire.

Lucy Balfour and Luke Ahmet in The Creation.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – The Creation – London

★★★★✰   This is the largest production yet mounted by Rambert – celebrating its 90th Anniversary, this year – accounting for over 110 performers, including 70 musicians and singers.

Rambert in Malgorzata Dzierzon's Flight.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Contemporaries: Flight, Frames, Hydrargyrum – London

★★★✰✰   Malgorzata Dzierzon, Patricia Okenwa and Alexander Whitley are all at different stages of their emergence as choreographers. Each of them has progressed with the active support of Rambert’s choreographic development programme…

Edit Domoszlai in Hydrargyrum.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Hydrargyrum by Patricia Okenwa

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

Sophie Arstall in Hagit Yakira's Free Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hagit Yakira’s Free Falling (part of Wild Card)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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