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English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen bill – London

★★★★★   One cannot help but observe that while the programmes of other companies both hit and miss, in terms of their critical appreciation and popular appeal, ENB is continually raising the bar…

Tamara Rojo and Isaac Hernandez in Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Adagio Hammerklavier & In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova in Narcissus and Echo.© Alastair Muir. (Click image for larger version)

Project Polunin – Icarus, The night before the Flight; Tea or Coffee; Narcissus and Echo – London

★★✰✰✰   I begin this notice with a codicil. Let this preamble show my unbounded admiration for the spirit and rationale of Project Polunin.

Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet in Tree of Codes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet – Tree of Codes – London

★★★★✰   Tree of Codes …shows McGregor as an out-and-out showman who dazzles us senseless with design, music, dancers and dance. I’m not sure if he really planned it that way, but I’ll take it every time.

Aakash Odedra in Echoes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra – Echoes, I Imagine – London

★★★★✰   At first sight the two works in Aakash Odedra’s solo show at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio could hardly be more unalike.

Aakash Odedra in Echoes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aakash Odedra Company in Echoes

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet in Tree of Codes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet in Tree of Codes

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eva Yerbabuena – Apariencias – London

★★★✰✰   The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – FLA.CO.MEN – London

★★★✰✰   The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Israel Galván: FLA.CO.MEN, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Silvia Farias-Heredia in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Masurca Fogo – London

★★★★✰   How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.

Mara Galeazzi.© and courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Interview – Mara Galeazzi on Woolf Works, her wider career and dancing on…

She found that she came back to perform with the company she left five years ago with a different approach. ‘I know more about why I love to perform…’

Andrey Berezin in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Masurca Fogo

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

2016 National Dance Awards – The winners: Cesar Corrales, Kim Brandstrup, Brenda Last, Patrick Harrison, Dame Beryl Grey, Tamara Rojo, Gary Clarke, Jonathan Watkins, Chase Johnsey, Zenaida Yanowsky, Francesca Hayward, Reece Clarke, Celine Gaubert (representing Ching-Ying Chien) with Graham Watts.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2016

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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2016 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2016 were presented today at a ceremony in London, hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the creative team behind the highly successful dance company, Boy Blue Entertainment.

Robert Cohan and Vicki Igbokwe - part of 52 Portraits.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion & Hugo Glendinning – 52 Portraits – London

★★★✰✰   The portraits are probably not a way into dance for someone who wasn’t already interested – and it’s probably better to watch them in small doses. However, they do remind us of something rather lovely…

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.

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