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Hannah Rudd, Adam Blyde & Kym Sojourna in Mark Baldwin's The Strange Charm of Mother Nature. © Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Subterrain, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, Terra Incognita – London

By the end, I felt our journey of discovery had involved driving down one of those long, straight, interminable cross-American highways, with nothing but the same prairieland in view.

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

Anna Nowak and James Pett in Wayne McGregor's Outlier.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Thomas Adès inspired bill: See the Music, Hear the Dance

Works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

Lesile Rivera and James Cricket Colter, of Rennie Harris Puremovement, in Students Of The Asphalt Jungle.© Bob Emott. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Brian Brooks Moving Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Rennie Harris Puremovement – New York

Refreshingly unpretentious, Students is nothing but the purest proof that hip-hop choreography is just as polished an art form as any other,..

Eve Mutso as Elizabeth Proctor in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Ten Poems, The Crucible – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s new double bill features ballets by experienced choreographers about two not-so-different communities: small-town Wales and narrow-minded Salem…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood in the pas de deux from Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sampling the Myth bill – Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan. ‘Sampling the Myth’ is part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, The Royal Opera House’s annual contemporary arts festival which runs from 5 – 28 September, this year based on the theme of myth….

The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Ballet Revolucion at Latitude Festival 2014.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dance at Latitude Festival 2014

Lise Smith with a gallery of pictures taken over the 3 days of Latitude festival. Features the following, in order of appearance: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Ballet Revolucion, Sonia Sabri Company, James Cousins Company, English National Ballet, Candoco Dance Company and National Youth Dance Company

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Christopher Wheeldon's Within The Golden Hour.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Maelstrom, Within the Golden Hour, Glass Pieces – Paris

Great to see so many of San Francisco Ballet’s dancers enjoying themselves and enthusing their audience in a steamy summer evening in Paris.

Candoco in Two for C by Javier de Frutos.© Pedro Machado. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at Latitude 2014 – Spotlight on Candoco and Sonia Sabri

Latitude Festival opens next week (17th July) and features lots of interesting dance – Lise Smith catches up with 2 companies preparing their open air shows…

Louise Lecavalier in So Blue.© Andre Cornellier. (Click image for larger version)

Louise Lecavalier – So Blue – London

If there’s a linking rationale between the sequences, other than one of physical contrasts, it’s not evident. Lecavalier cannot fail to be riveting because of her compelling presence, as androgynous as David Bowie, as vulnerable as Wendy Houstoun…

Juliet Burnett in Chroma.© Lynette Wills. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Working with Wayne McGregor – a Questioning and Invigorating Experience

Juliet Burnett on the dancing life and how working with Wayne McGregor (on Chroma) unlocked some greater thoughts on how dance can be made better…

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Now Closed… Win A Pair Of Tickets To Latitude Festival 2014!

The competition is now closed. The winning entry has been declared and the winner contacted and put in touch with Latitude Festival. Thanks to all who entered and better luck next time if you did not win! (A free to enter competition to win a free pair of adult tickets for the Latitude Festival…)

Rachael McLaren and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Lincoln Center Programs A & B – New York

Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both…

Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Rachael Gillespie, Jeremy Curnier and Matthew Topliss in Lar Lubovitch's Concerto Six Twenty-Two.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Concertante, Luminous Junc•ture – London

I thoroughly applaud the move to widen the choreographic vocabulary of what they present and I hope they can tour such a bill in future. A bravo to David Nixon (AD) and Mark Skipper (Chief Exec) for making this happen…

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