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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,

Eryck Brahmania and Lee Clayden in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty Of The Beast – London

Company Chameleon take a long hard look at what it means today to be a man (or maybe that should be what it means to be a bloke) in Beauty Of The Beast.

Cia Sònia Sánchez's El Pliegue.© Juan Cortes. (Click image for larger version)

Currency 2014 Festival – Cia Sònia Sánchez & Dányi, Molnár & Vadas – London

The Place’s adventurous four-day Currency Festival aims for the quirky in its mix of dance and circus acts from across Europe…

Kirsty Arnold (LCDS alumna) in Joanna Young's Army of Me.© Iain Payne. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – MA and Alumni Projects Upturn bill – London

…there’s a strong whiff of ‘experimental student’ here, but there’s also a good bit of talent on display.

Lost Dog's Like Rabbits, here with Ino Riga.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Like Rabbits – London

…Like Rabbits is a clever work that burrows under your skin…

Wendy Houstoun.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Houstoun – Pact with Pointlessness – London

I should have known better. Going to a Wendy Houstoun gig with a pre-conceived notion of what to expect is indeed a pact with pointlessness.

Kim Kohlmann and Aimée Lagrange in Skinship, choreographed by Kim Kohlmann.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hofesh Shechter Company dancers/choreographers present In Good Company

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Protein Dance in Border Tales.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Protein Dance – Border Tales – London

The reality is that the work’s central premise – that we are all irredeemably bad at understanding or respecting one another – seems to have greater resonance today than at any point since the bad old days…

Christopher Wheeldon, Classical Choreography winner.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2013

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

James Finnemore in OH / GLORY.© Jo Forrest. (Click image for larger version)

Resolution! 2014 – Works by léa tirabasso, Anything Goes Collective, James Finnemore – London

And the opening night? Well it was a typical night in many respects – one piece giving cause for hope, another had its fleeting moments and the third wasn’t really ready yet for the big time.

Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Sun – London

There is surely something excellent lurking within this work, the intent of which I have failed to perceive, but I will just have to wait for The Choreographer’s next Cut to get it.

Paul-Andre Fortier in Vertiges.© Robert Etcheverry. (Click image for larger version)

Paul-Andre Fortier – Vertiges – London

Despite many memorable highlights …I felt frequently as if an interloper in someone else’s conversation, one taking place in a language that I only barely understood.

All American Alston DVD cover.© The Place. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – Richard Alston Dance Company – All American Alston

The music for all three of the pieces on Richard Alston’s latest DVD may be ‘all American’ but the choreography isn’t: there’s nothing here to dilute Alston’s reputation as the most ‘all English’ of today’s major dancemakers…

Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard in Middlemost Nowhere.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

The Place, Spring Loaded – works by Goddard Nixon, Chris and Me, Robbie Synge – London

The movement (in Goddard Nixon’s Middlemost Nowhere) was exquisite, at times full of careful balances and slow complex duets, their senses slow and dulled it seems, turning in a moment to explosive speed.

Araminta Wraith & Shevelle Dynott in Tamarin Stott's Work in Progress.© Arnaud Stephenson. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics – A Letter to… – London

I hope ENB do lots more short and sweet choreographic initiatives to real audiences. Well done all, great to have a go – now do more.

Hofesh Shechter Company in Uprising.© Andrew Lang, 2007. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company — Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back – London

Each revisiting seems to offer up more than the sum of its parts, giving these former works a new and exciting lease of life

© English National Ballet

English National Ballet – New Choreographers and New Music – Choreographics, A Letter To…

English National Ballet dancers turn choreographers when five of them get a chance to create new works in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music…

Harriet Bone, Karolina Kraczkowska and Victoria Hoyland in Riccardo Buscarini's Athletes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Place Prize 2012/13 – works by Rick Nodine, Riccardo Buscarini, Eva Recacha, h2dance – London

It’s amazing just how disparate the dance is that can make it to the Place Prize finals where 200 hopefuls were whittled down to 16 and now to 4 in the nightly finals shows which run through to the 27th April when the winner is chosen.

Martha Pasakopoulou in Eva Recacha's The Wishing Well.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Prize for Dance 2012/13

30 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tavaziva Dance in Greed.© Irven Lewis. (Click image for larger version)

Tavaziva Dance – Greed – London

Despite the title, Bawren Tavaziva’s latest work is not so much about Greed as it is about the full house of deadly sins (bestial lust and envy being especially to the fore).

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