"Sadler’s Wells" tag
Luke Ahmet, with Edit Domoszlai, Carolyn Bolton, Hannah Rudd and Lucy Balfour in Ghost Dances.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Ghost Dances

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Javier Torres in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – London

★★★★✰   In his new ballet, Kenneth Tindall takes Casanova on an epic adventure in absorbing dance theatre that aligns his inventive choreography and mime with a strong and exciting narrative…

Brandon Lawrence in Arcadia poster image.© Richard Battye, BRB. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia (premiere), Wink – Cheltenham

★★★✰✰   The South tour is particularly interesting this year because it features a new piece by Ruth Brill, a first artist within the company, and this is her first major commission.

Mavin Khoo & Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Agudo Dance Company – Silk Road – London

★★★★✰   There’s an appealing simplicity to Jose Agudo’s first full-length company production.

Nelida Rodriguez de Aure and m¡longa poster image.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Nélida Rodriguez de Aure – Tango dancer and coach on m¡longa and taking tango in a new direction

Tango coach and dancer Nelida Rodriguez de Aure has been helping Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with his show, “m¡longa”. About to tour the UK it sees a unique coming together of tango and contemporary dancers. Diane Parkes talks to Nelida about the background and what makes tango so very special…

James Thierrée and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – London

★★✰✰✰   There is no sense of who these people are, or why they are there.

Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Agudo Dance Company in Silk Road: Full Circle and West to East

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thi Mai Nguyen in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton in The Toad Knew

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Scattered.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Motionhouse – Scattered – London

★★★★✰   Weaker choreography might easily be overshadowed by the monumental capacity of the set and motion graphics, but Finnan’s work is equally imposing…

Sir Matthew Bourne with the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – An Appreciation on his winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Graham Watts’ citation, made before the presentation – a major appreciation of a huge star of dance and theatre…

Rebecca Williams, Naomi Tadevossian, Alasdair Stewart, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor and Junior Cunningham in Scattered.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Motionhouse in Scattered

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Tarantiseismic – London

★★✰✰✰   Reviewing a youth dance company is always a tricky thing. These are not professional dancers although everything else about the production is a professional show.

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – National Youth Dance Company/Damien Jalet: Tarantiseismic

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young's Betroffenheit.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre – Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young – London

★★★★✰   It is impossible to review Betroffenheit without reference to the tragedy that sits behind it…

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures - The Infernal Galop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – London

★★★★✰   Matthew Bourne celebrates the 30th anniversary of his own company at the same time as Tate Britain has launched “Queer British Art 1861-1967” to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. “Early Adventures” could be a theatrical coda to the exhibition…

Dan Daw in On One Condition.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Dan Daw

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

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