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La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Gala Flamenca La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Úrsula López, Leonor Leal and Tamara López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal in Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

María Pagés Compañía in Yo Carmen.© David Ruano. (Click image for larger version)

María Pagés Compañía – Yo Carmen – London

★★★✰✰   Yo Carmen was originally billed as a radical reimagining of Bizet’s opera and that’s not exactly the case. Don’t go along to this thinking that you will see any representation of the story with gypsies and bullfighters, or any male characters dancing.

Sadler's Wells publicity image for Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia's Tempo of Light.© Sadler's Wells. (Click image for larger version)

Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia – Tempo of Light – London

★★★★★   This was flamenco puro in its most fabulous form, dominated – as it should be – by the voice, led by three of the most celebrated of today’s star flamenco singers. It doesn’t get much better.

Breanna O'Mara in Viktor.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Viktor – London

★★★★✰   It’s impossible to make coherent sense of a Bausch piece, whatever the source of her inspiration.

Emily Molnar.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Emily Molnar, Ballet British Columbia’s artistic director, on their work and UK tour

Next month (March 2018) Ballet British Columbia, or Ballet BC as they are commonly known, tour the UK. Diane Parkes talks to artistic director Emily Molnar about the company and the works they are touring which includes a piece by the ultra-hot Crystal Pite…

Julie Shanahan in Viktor.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Viktor

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rudi Cole and Julia Robert Pares of Humanhood in ZERO.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2018

Featuring: NDT2 (Nederlands Dans Theater 2), Jodelle Douglas, Jesus Carmona, Humanhood, Zenaida Yanowsky, Candoco and Yeah Yellow. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Corey Annand and Valentina Golfieri in The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

★★★★★   Of all the shows I’ve seen this year this probably had the least dance content and yet as a package it really delivers on the wonder and thoughtful difference that theatre can make to all our lives. Charmed I was…

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…

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – London

★★★✰✰   While the production is supremely stylish and the characters well-observed with expressive and romantic choreography, the narrative is padded out in order to fill the music, particularly where traditional elements of “Cinderella” have been excised.

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

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