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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.

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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”…

Wendy Houstoun's Stupid Women.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Houstoun and the Stupid Women – Stupid Women – London

Wendy Houstoun is an artist who keeps the great British tradition of anarchic physical theatre alive, if but barely kicking.

Wolfgang Stange and Amici Dance Theatre Company in the studio.© Sheila Burnett. (Click image for larger version)

All about Amici and its director Wolfgang Stange

“You’re never too disabled, too blind, too old or too proud to be able to perform.” – Wolfgang Stange. Jann Parry on the man, the company and their new show, 35 Amici Drive…

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

Liam Riddick and Jonathan Goddard in Mazur.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home, 20th Anniversary bill – London

The Richard Alston Dance Company concludes its spring tour with a series of performances at The Place, celebrating their 20th anniversary with premieres of new commissions and a revival of one of his classics…

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.

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