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Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Caroline Holden. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – London

★★★✰✰   This excellent ballet is clearly a “keeper” and a work I would like to see again and again.

Melissa Hamilton.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Melissa Hamilton, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

“I knew that I had to seize my only chance to have a ballet career. Masha Mukhamedov agreed to teach me privately six days a week for ten months…”

Julie Cunningham & Company in Sarah Kane’s Crave.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Julie Cunningham & Company – Sarah Kane’s Crave – London

★★✰✰✰   The dancing feels surprisingly lifeless given the fiery potential of the subject matter. Instead of engaging with the text’s furious, pitiful laments, it gives the impression of simply occurring alongside them…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Formosa – London

★★★★✰   Formosa means beautiful, and is how Portuguese sailors described the island of Taiwan when they reached it in the sixteenth century. It is the title of the latest work by Lin Hwai-Min, his final creation before retiring as Artistic Director of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Boy Blue Entertainment in Karnival 2.0.© Belinda Lawley. (Click image for larger version)

Breakin’ Convention 2018 – London

★★★★✰   Jonzi D’s hip-hop dance festival reached its 15th birthday this year and its quinceañero was – eventually – a raucously joyful coming-of-age. Featuring performances by BirdGang, Zeljko Bozic & Miljan Nojic, Elsabet Yonas, UMA, Room 2 Manoeuvre, Compagnie Amala Dianor, The Locksmiths, The Ruggeds, Mufasa & Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Boy Blue Entertainment.

Emma Walker in TORO Beauty and the Bull.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – TORO: Beauty and the Bull – London

★★★★✰   This is a work that is sinister, in mood, and vivid, in style. It works on many levels of ingenious allusion…

Promotional image for Malavika Sarukkai's Thari - The Loom.© Shalini Jain. (Click image for larger version)

Malavika Sarukkai – Thari, The Loom – London

★★★✰✰   The inspiration for bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai to create her group work Thari – The Loom came from the hand weavers of Kanchipuram in India and the elaborately patterned saris that they produce.

DFS by Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud.© Hervé Véronèse. (Click image for larger version)

Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud – DFS – London

★★✰✰✰   Jamaican dancehall and traditional Georgian vocal polyphony are not two things you expect to see in the same sentence, let alone on the same stage.

Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Scottish Ballet and Ballet Black in House of Birds.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time bill – London

★★★★✰   All credit to Viviana Durante (supported by Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet dancers) for contributing to the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death with recreations of his early work.

English National Ballet in Forsythe's Playlist (Track 1, 2).© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Voices of America bill – works by Forsythe, Robbins & Barton – London

★★★★✰   Altogether, a cunningly judged programme that shows off the company at its most engaging…

National Youth Dance Company in Sharon Eyal's Used To Be Blonde.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Used To Be Blonde – London

★★★★✰   The title is oblique, but the choreography is an explicit punch of intensity, fusing vigour and angularity with a velvety slinkiness.

Crystal Costa in Barton's Fantastic Beings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Voices of America bill – works by Forsythe, Robbins & Barton

Works by William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins and Aszure Barton. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

National Youth Dance Company in Sharon Eyal's Used To Be Blonde.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – National Youth Dance Company in Sharon Eyal’s Used To Be Blonde

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Virgina Scudeletti and friends in Rumpelstiltskin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – balletLORENT in Rumpelstiltskin

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sutra, by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley, Szymon Brzoska with monks from the Shaolin Temple – Sutra – London

★★★★★   It still has the power to surprise and delight – and let the imagination fly.

Nicholas Bodych and Elly Braund in Carnaval.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Mid Century Modern, Carnaval, Cut and Run – London

★★★★★   It must be tempting to get carried away by sentiment when it comes to celebrating both a 70th birthday and fifty years as a choreographer in a programme that also marks the departure of a special muse.

Sutra, by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Empathy by Neon Dance.© Miles Hart. (Click image for larger version)

Neon Dance – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card bill – London

★★★✰✰   All-in-all, it was a strange and eclectic evening, fluctuating from the sublime to the excruciatingly boring. …It has encouraged me to see more of Neon Dance whenever the chance arises.

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol's Requiem pour L.© Chris Van der Burght. (Click image for larger version)

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol – Requiem pour L. – London

✰✰✰✰✰   I have to ask how one associates a star rating with a performance in which the largest, continuing visual image is a close-up, slow motion film of an actual death.

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