"Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui" tag
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.

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.

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…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon's Pluto.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s Pluto

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s m¡longa.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – M¡longa – London

★★★✰✰   M¡longa has a lot of spirit to offer when it lets the dance take the lead.

Interviewed - Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes - 4 of the 6 Emerging Dancer 2017 finalists.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 Competition – 5 Questions to 4 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 25 May and ahead of the that we talk to 4 of the 6 finalists – Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes…

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…

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.

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Patrick Williams Seebacher, Johnny M. Lloyd, Dimitri Jourde, Fabian Thomé and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Fractus V – London

★★★★✰   The work itself is a statement of faith that collaboration is better than confrontation. Each dancer has a powerful presence but Cherkaoui has forged a remarkable unity from these disparate elements…

Johnny M. Lloyd, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Patrick Williams Seebacher in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Stephanie Amuro in Helix.© Rose Eichenbaum. (Click image for larger version)

L.A. Dance Project – Harbor Me, 3 Marth Graham duets, Helix, On the Other Side – New York

L.A. Dance Project Harbor Me, Marth Graham duets (White, Star, Moon), Helix, On the Other Side ★★★✰✰ New York, Joyce Theater 27 July 2016 www.ladanceproject.com www.joyce.org LA Story Since his quick exit from…

Natalia Osipova in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Qutb, Silent Echo and Run Mary, Run – London

★★★✰✰   Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Arthur Pita's Run Mary, Run.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Natalia Osipova in new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita

A certain Sergei Polunin danced with Osipova in 2 of the pieces. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Rachelle Rafailedes and Julia Eichten in Benjamin Millepied's Hearts & Arrows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – L.A. Dance Project in Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Hearts & Arrows

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Akram Khan in Until the Lions.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Until the Lions – London

Until the Lions is a creation unlike any other – a modern commentary, without words, on a fragment of a three-thousand-year-old epic.

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Ars Electronica Linz GmbH / Veronika Pauser. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Ink, Murmur – New York

…a perfect example of what can happen when an exceptional practitioner is led astray by an excess of theatrical ideas and special effects.

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