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Protein in May Contain Food.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Protein – May Contain Food – London

★★★★✰   The optimum number of chews in the mastication of a cherry tomato is 21. This was just one of the foodie facts that I learned during this epicurean epic…

Gary Clarke Company in Coal.© Joe Armitage. (Click image for larger version)

Gary Clarke Company – Coal – London

★★★★✰   There’s a boisterous, no-nonsense attitude to “Coal” from the start…

NDCWales in Alexander Ekman's Tuplet.© Rhys Cozens. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales – They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem, Tuplet, Folk – London

★★★★✰   On show were three contemporary pieces: a rep work by rehearsal director Lee Johnson, a selection of Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet (originally choreographed for Cedar Lake Dance Company), and the premiere of new artistic director Caroline Finn’s first piece for NDCWales.

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Jessica Ladley, Lil Rice, Fiona Thornhill in Hyena.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2016: Alula Cyr in Hyena

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Jodie Cole in I Am Not In Love.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2016: Jodie Cole – I Am Not In Love

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Zizi Strallen winner of the Outstanding Female Modern Performance award - for her dancing as Lana in Matthew Bourne's The Car Man for New Adventures. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2015

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Joel O’Donoghue and PJ Hurst in In Good Company by Joel & Pete, with Inky Cloak.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2016: Pierre Tappon – Wall, Joel & Pete with Inky Cloak – In Good Company, The Company – Behind Every Man

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Subhash Viman in Shan.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2016: MAZPOD Rhytmic Stories, Wayward Thread and Subhash Viman Dance Company

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Liam Francis and Antonia Hewitt in Simone Damberg Wurtz's bravery.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2016: Simone Damberg Wurtz – bravery, #PPL Dance Company – Al-Col-Hol

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrance’s Burning.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Espresso Vivace, Mazur, Burning, Brisk Singing – London

Richard Alston Dance Company Espresso Vivace, Mazur, Burning, Brisk Singing London, Richmond Theatre 19 November 2015 www.richardalstondance.com Petite though it is, Richmond Theatre doesn’t proffer much of a sense of intimacy: its ornate…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur 2.0.© Sean Goldthorpe. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Murmur 2.0 – London

Odedra undoubtedly feels passionate about dyslexia …and succeeds here in making what might seem an unlikely subject into a compelling account of struggle and wonder.

Beata Giza and Beniamin Citkowski in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Phaedra, The Tempest – Gdansk

It seems now to be a given that any new work by Izadora Weiss will combine dramatic, narrative-based dance theatre with a profound visual impact, danced to challenging, powerful music.

Riccardo Buscarini publicity image for No Lander.© Riccardo Buscarini. (Click image for larger version)

Riccardo Buscarini – No Lander – London

Visually, No Lander could hardly be more different from Athletes; but the slow, deliberate approach to movement and style was very clearly from the same creative mould.

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

Filip Michalak and Beata Giza in Body Master.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Fun, Death and the Maiden, Body Master – Warsaw

Unlike Kylián, Weiss generally works from an overt storyline and her own libretto for Body Master is loosely based on the life of Gordon Craig, the English pioneer of modernist theatre…

James Cousins Company in There We have Been.© David Foulkes. (Click image for larger version)

James Cousins Company – Without Stars, There We have Been – London

James Cousins is back at the Place in London after extensively touring his double bill inspired by Haruki Murakami’s book “Norwegian Wood”. 11 months on Graham Watts looks at the show afresh…

H2DANCE in Staging Ages.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

H2DANCE – Staging Ages – London

Packed overfull with ideas, it’s a way of looking at how our behaviour changes over the years, while we continue to feel much the same inside.

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Paradise describes both the Garden of Eden and Heaven. It can also mean a park in which animals are kept or a state of supreme bliss.

Lea Anderson's Ladies and Gentlemen.© Phil Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Lea Anderson – Ladies and Gentlemen – London

We all reminisce about the good old days; but, if you’re old enough, you may actually remember “The Good Old Days”…

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