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Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl London, Lillian Baylis Studio 13 December 2014 www.arthurpita.com www.sadlerswells.com This Christmas family show in the cosy space of the Lillian Baylis Studio (at Sadler’s Wells) is a…

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Edward Scissorhands – London

Though it has a downbeat ending, Bourne raises audiences’ spirits with cheerily choreographed curtain calls, a heavenly chorale and drifting snowflakes.

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan – Sacred Monsters – London

Half the pleasure of watching Sacred Monsters on this, its final tour, is of course enjoying the penultimate opportunity to watch the ultimate ballerina of our age take the stage.

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Hannah Rudd, Adam Blyde & Kym Sojourna in Mark Baldwin's The Strange Charm of Mother Nature. © Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Subterrain, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, Terra Incognita – London

By the end, I felt our journey of discovery had involved driving down one of those long, straight, interminable cross-American highways, with nothing but the same prairieland in view.

Samuel Draper, Daniel Sjökvist and Eszter Czédulás in Plateau Effect.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cullberg Ballet – Plateau Effect – London

The choreography is determined by the need for co-operative effort in manipulating unpredictable swathes of fabric – a metaphor for mankind’s attempts to control the forces of nature

zero visibility corp. in ...it's only a rehearsal.© Eric Berg. (Click image for larger version)

zero visibility corp. – …it’s only a rehearsal – London

…it’s only a rehearsal first appeared over a decade ago and has since become Ina Christel Johannessen’s international calling card…

Vincent Van der Plas in Plateau Effect.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cullberg Ballet in Plateau Effect

Part of the Northern Light Season at Sadler’s Wells. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Akram Khan & Israel Galván in Torobaka.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan & Israel Galván – Torobaka – London

Both of these performers are at the top of their game. It’s an intense experience, 70 minutes without interval but the flow of invention doesn’t cease.

Akram Khan & Israel Galván in Torobaka.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Akram Khan & Israel Galván in Torobaka

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

Anna Nowak and James Pett in Wayne McGregor's Outlier.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Thomas Adès inspired bill: See the Music, Hear the Dance

Works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

TAO Dance Theatre in 7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

TAO Dance Theatre – 6, 7 – London

Tao Ye has a very singular, uncompromising vision. The works are stark and unadorned, using very simple vocabulary…

TAO Dance Theatre in 7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – TAO Dance Theatre in 7

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Hanna Ahti and Andrius Katinas in Maija Hirvanen's For those who have time.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Maija Hirvanen – For those who have time – London

Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen has created a very arresting seven-minute solo for the limber and watchable Andrius Katinas, and…

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler's Lord of the Flies.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures and Re:Bourne – Lord of the Flies – London

As a dance outreach project, Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies is a rather marvellous thing…

Hanna Ahti in Maija Hirvanen's For those who have time.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Maija Hirvanen: For those who have time, Northern Light Season

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ballet Revolucion's 2014 show.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Revolucion, 2014 show – London

The biggest bonus in this all-Cuban entourage is the superb eight-strong band that plays live onstage …throughout the show.

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