"The Place" tag
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

Ben Duke opens his one-man show disarmingly by losing his place in his copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost…

Robert Clark's Promises of Happiness.© Bronwen Sharp. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Clark – Promises of Happiness – London

Clark has spent two years on his “happiness project”, working with a psychoanalyst amongst others to investigate the causes and manifestations of happiness but…

James Wilton Dance Company in Last Man Standing.© Werner Kmetitsch. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – Last Man Standing – London

James Wilton Dance are touring Last Man Standing – a narrative work based on Terry Pratchett’s book The Last Hero and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Lynette Halewood was impressed…

JV2 2015 publicity image.© Alastair Muir, courtesy The Place, JV2. (Click image for larger version)

JV2 – Silence, Unregistered Traces, I was Minus All – London

What you get with the Jasmin Vardimon brand is an intense physical approach to dance and the JV2 dancers have assimilated this physicality with gusto.

BOD.Y in BAKKHEIA - dancing on the edge.© Peter Snadik. (Click image for larger version)

Aerowaves – Spring Forward Festival of Contemporary Dance – Barcelona

Spring Forward is a three-day festival of contemporary dance, presented by Aerowaves, which confidently declares itself to be a ‘hub for dance discovery in Europe’…

Anthony Missen in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty of the Beast – London

Beauty of the Beast – surely a contender for cleverest title of the year – is a fascinating study of how male behaviour evolves through the processes of their interaction.

Theo Clinkard in Chalk.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Theo Clinkard’s Of Land and Tongue, Chalk

Gallery of pictures by Stephen Wright

Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company) in Robert Cohan's Sigh.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Cohan at 90 – Gala evening at The Place – London

The opening and closing pieces showed how skilfully Cohan responds to dancers whose training and experience are very different from the Graham-based technique on which he drew for many decades.

Yorke Dance Project 'Figure Ground' bill generic publicity image.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Yorke Dance Project – Figure Ground bill – London

Heralding the celebrations of Robert Cohan’s 90th anniversary year Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s enterprising company, founded in 2009, is touring a programme, Figure Ground, containing two of his works.

Luke Rigg, Chris Knight and Jack Humphrey in milk night.© Luke Evans. (Click image for larger version)

2Faced Dance Company – Dreaming in Code: milk night, Lucid Grounds – London

The unifying theme in this double bill is muddled realities, with 2Faced’s five resident dancers, all men, tackling two surreal and drastically different works…

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

LCDS in Sally Marie's I am 8.© Danilo Moroni. (Click image for larger version)

Questions and Dancers, dance for the young – Sally Marie and John Ross – London

I’m a sucker for a children’s show. The audience are just as demanding as grownups but there is the additional frisson of not knowing what they will get up to if excited… or just bored stiff.

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Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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2014 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2014 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Rambert in Patricia Okenwa's No 1 Convergence.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – New Choreography, works by Ahmet, Damberg Wurtz, Hurst, Okenwa, Tappon – London

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Patricia Okenwa, Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst and Pierre Tappon.

Daniel Davidson and Edit Domoszlai in Simone Damberg Wurtz's RIFT.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert: New Choreography 2014

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst, Patricia Okenwa and Pierre Tappon. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

London Contemporary Dance School Collaborations, flyer image.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – Music Collaborations with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

…along with a decent whack of technical precision, the dancers and musicians peppered their performances with dashes of creative flair and energy galore.

Dane Hurst.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst – Dancer and Choreographer, on Rambert’s New Choreography bill

“Turn every disadvantage into an advantage.” This is the advice Dane Hurst has for aspiring dancers looking for encouragement…

James Cousins Company in Without Stars.© David Foulkes. (Click image for larger version)

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

This two-part bill, my first introduction to James Cousins’ work, could hardly have left me with a more positive impression of the young choreographer,

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