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2018 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 19th National Dance Awards…

Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet and Romeo - A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life & Happy Marriage – London

★★★✰✰   Ben Duke’s speciality, in the works he devises for Lost Dog, the company he founded in 2004 with Raquel Meseguer, is conflating high art with low life – epic literature with everyday banalities.

Solene Weinachter, Eve Ganneau and John Kendall in The North.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Joan Clevillé Dance – The North – London

★★✰✰✰   The opening scene of The North, a new dance theatre work from Dundee-based troupe Joan Clevillé Dance, starts with a scene plucked straight from a Scandi noir…

Solene Weinachter and John Kendall in Plan B for Utopia.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Joan Cleville Dance – Plan B for Utopia – London

★★★✰✰   This hour-long work …poses in its opening lines the following question: “Why is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the world changing for the better?”

Lost Dog in Home for Broken Turns.© Rob Hogeslag. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – It Needs Horses, Home for Broken Turns – London

This is a work that is dark and deep, like a bottomless black pool requiring forensic exploration.

Scottish Dance Theatre – Pavlova’s Dogs quad bill – London

There is a refreshing honesty and endeavour to Scottish Dance Theatre, which this programme – surely crying out to be sub-titled ‘Love & Dogs’ – showcased splendidly.

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