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Nicholas Minns and Mark Boldin in They Live Next Door.© Judita Kuniskyte. (Click image for larger version)

Ieva Kuniskis – They Live Next Door – London

★★★★✰   Lithuania punches well above its weight as a propagator of modern dance and it is a pleasure and a privilege to have one of its leading cultural exports based here in the UK.

Brave New Worlds in Trinity.© Camila Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Brave New Worlds – Trinity – London

★★★✰✰   There were times in the hour-long performance when the sensory overload kicked in and one started to be more conscious of the heat inside the chapel…

Fabio Dolce, Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's O Maria.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – Ham and Passion: Passionaria, Young Man!, O Maria – London

★★★✰✰   Some titles for triple bills can be generic or aspirational rather than specific, but “Ham and Passion” is exactly what you get in this programme from DeNada Dance Theatre.

Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's Young Man!.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – DeNada Dance Theatre in Ham and Passion bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Publicity picture for 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

★★★★✰   The work is proof that inventiveness is more important than a huge budget.

Chihiro Kawasaki in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Poppy Hotel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wayne Parsons (A Vestige) and Morgann Runacre-Temple (Poppy Hotel) at Wilton’s Strike!

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Estela Merlos in The Reservoir.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Reservoir by Estela Merlos & Thomasin Gulgec at Wilton’s Strike!

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – London

★★★★✰ This is a bold project, crammed with incident and detail, and highly atmospheric.

Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – Frome

Award winning Mark Bruce has just unveiled his latest work – The Odyssey – based on Homer’s epic poem. But circumstances around the premiere have put the company through their own testing odyssey, if we were tantalised and enthralled by what we saw…

Darius Stankevicius in He Lived Next Door by Ieva Kuniskis.© Judita Kuniskyte. (Click image for larger version)

Ieva Kuniskis and Jack Webb at the Strike! Dance Festival – London

Strike! Dance Festival Ieva Kuniskis: He Lived Next Door Jack Webb: Inside Opulence London, Wilton’s Music Hall 25 September 2014 www.ievakuniskis.com www.jackwebbperformance.com wiltons.org.uk Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival page It must follow that more…

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

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

Jonathan Goddard as Dracula.© Colin Hawkins. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – Dracula – London

This production, in this place, is about as good as it gets. If it doesn’t win a slew of awards for Mark Bruce and his team then I might just have to go walking around those East End Alleys in search of the vampire bride!

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Too Mortal.© Yaron Abulafia. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Too Mortal – London

The ethereal impact is greatly enhanced by atmospheric lighting, smoke, the sound of bells and the sundry, diverse smells of devotion in this old Grade-1 Listed Victorian church.

Eleanor Duval and Rick Bland in Made in Heaven. © Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – Made in Heaven – London

My goodness what a fabulously surreal and wonderful night Made in Heaven proved. Like a vivid dream you recall snatches of a mad roller-coaster ride where the whole is totally unfathomable as any kind of coherent story or message about life, the universe, or anything…

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