"Sadler’s Wells" tag
Carys Staton, Rachel Poirier and Alexander Leonhartsberger in Swan Lake/Loch na hEala.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Teac Damsa / Michael Keegan-Dolan – Swan Lake/Loch na hEala – London

★★★✰✰   This is Swan Lake in name only. There is no Tchaikovsky… there are no tutus… there is no-one called Odette, Odile, Siegfried or Rothbart, although there are several characters called McLoughlin…

Alexander Leonhartsberger and Rachel Poirier in Swan Lake/Loch na hEala.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rambert in Ben Duke's Goat.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Ben Duke’s Goat

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rena Butler in Pavement.© Steven Schreiber. (Click image for larger version)

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion – Pavement – London

★★★✰✰   Pavement, from 2012, takes as its touchstone the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, John Singleton’s hard-hitting coming-of-age drama…

Aditi Mangaldas (Darbar Festival supplied publicty image).© Dinesh Khanna. (Click image for larger version)

Darbar Festival London: Indian Adventures of Sitar and Dance bill with Mangaldas, Khoo and Banerjee

★★★★✰   The Darbar Festival has been celebrating Indian classical music for a number of years, but now at Sadler’s Wells it has an additional dance component curated by Akram Khan, showcasing different forms…

Tzu-Chao Chou in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

★★✰✰✰   Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café saves a dispiriting evening by providing nimble demi-character dancing with a timely message, first delivered nearly 20 years ago.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – London

★★★✰✰   Aladdin never fully finds its feet, but there’s a lot to like about the show, from the cheery group numbers to the striking visuals.

George Williamson.© Arnaud Stephenson. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to George Williamson – freelance choreographer and recipient of the first BRB Ballet Now commission

Ballet Now is an initiative between Birmingham Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells to develop the (classical) choreographers, composers and designers of the future. It’s a 5-year programme with 2 commissions each year, made possible by the Oak Foundation, matched BRB funding and driven by a Creative Consortium.

Cesar Morales.© Andres Cabezas. (Click image for larger version)

Cesar Morales – Principal Dancer, Birmingham Royal Ballet

So how did a good Chilean boy end up dancing ballet in Europe…

Clod Ensemble's Under Glass.© Manuel Vason. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – Under Glass – London

★★★✰✰   The director Suzie Willson plays well with our fascination with people-watching…

China National Peking Opera Company in A River All Red.© Sinolink Productions. (Click image for larger version)

China National Peking Opera Company – A River All Red, The Phoenix Returns Home – London

★★★✰✰   Peking opera’s blend of highly stylised acting, singing, music and movement is always a feast for the senses. The costumes are reason enough to watch in themselves…

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman and Jacqueline Bâby in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Lyon Opera Ballet – Trois Grandes Fugues – London

★★★★✰   How many ways can you hear the same piece of music? This inspired programme by Lyon Opera Ballet suggested, with elegant simplicity, that there are as many ways to hear something as there are people to hear it.

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman, Jacqueline Bâby, Coralie Levieux and Graziella Lorriaux in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Lyon Opera Ballet in Maguy Marin’s part of Trois Grandes Fugues

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Bayadère: The Ninth Life.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadère: The Ninth Life – London

★★✰✰✰ …an intriguing idea inflated into unwieldy modern dance-theatre.

Avatara Ayuso.© Daniel Minguez. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions for Avatâra Ayuso, Dancer, Choreographer and Director

Graham Watts catches up with the well connected Avatâra Ayuso who has just been appointed Associate Artist at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance…

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' The Title Is in the Text.© Panayiotis Sinnos. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Fourteen Days bill – London

★★★★✰   Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt’s all-male company are on sparkling form right now.

James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Travis Clausen-Knight, Jordan James Bridge and Jessica Wright in Autobiography.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Company Wayne McGregor – Autobiography – London

★★★✰✰   Each performance of Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography will be different, since its composition is to be determined by an algorithm based on his genetic code. …whatever a reviewer describes will never be the same again.

Jacob O'Connell in Autobiography.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Company Wayne McGregor in Autobiography

The company danced the first 3 sections of Autobiography for photographers. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Carlos Acosta and Marta Ortega in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Mermaid.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Debut bill – London

★★★✰✰   Belles-Lettres – a piece by NYCB’s Justin Peck, reworked for Acosta Danza – is a sweepingly pretty pieces for nine dancers, all floaty, gorgeous frocks and increasingly impassioned duets…

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

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   A production that seems destined to become a masterpiece of early 21st Century contemporary ballet.

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