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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,

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.

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