April 2019
Israel Galvan in La Fiesta.© Aliaksandra Kanonchenka. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – La Fiesta – London

★★★★✰   Much like his previous show, FLA.CO.MEN, with which it shares quite a few elements, this was 90 minutes of never knowing quite what was going to happen next…

Nora in Where Home Is.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Nora – Nora Invites Deborah Hay: Where Home Is – London

★★★✰✰   Nora’s show combines a piece made by Hay for the company followed by a short lecture-demonstration in which they guide us through different frames for watching dance – inspired from their viewing of Hay making a solo.

Clod Ensemble in On The High Road.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – On The High Road – London

★★★✰✰   This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. A frightful storm from which sundry strangers take refuge to spend the night in an isolated place provides the essence of On The High Road…

Jean-Guihen Queyras and Marie Goudot in Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

De Keersmaeker, Queyras & Rosas – Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten – London

★★★★✰   What unfolds over the two hours is an extraordinary conversation between musician and dancers.

Sara Mearns in Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Pictures at an Exhibition, Oltremare, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes – New York

★★★★✰   There is a palpable sense of hope among the dancers; again and again, they rise to the occasion. The opening-night program reflected this resilience and gave reason for hope.

Marie Goudot in Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jean-Guihen Queyras & Rosas in Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa's Vessel.© Yoshikazu Inoue. (Click image for larger version)

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa – Vessel – London

★★★★✰   The tableaux recall Francis Bacon paintings – and Goya in his darkest moments.

Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet & Romeo.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet & Romeo – London

★★★★✰   What if the star cross’d lovers hadn’t died, but had run away, got married, had a child, reached middle age and hit a relationship crisis?

Night of 100 Solos at London's Barbican Theatre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – London

★★★★✰   A quote from The Observer’s dance critic, Nigel Gosling, in 1964: ‘Merce Cunningham and his company have burst on the British scene like a bomb …heart-warming proof that here is an art with a future…’

Night of 100 Solos at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – New York

★★★★✰   What impresses overall is the clarity of the technique; the precision and control it requires. And the way it enlarges the dancers, distilling their strengths, stretching them to the limit.

Daphne Fernberger in London's Night of 100 Solos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Night of 100 Solos in London: Merce Cunningham Trust, Centennial Event

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

The Kids Are Alright pubicity image.© Love Oh Love Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Fuel and Encounter – The Kids Are Alright – London

★★✰✰✰   The main story revolved around bereaved parents who had lost their ten-year old daughter, Sophie, on a daytrip to the Natural History Museum, in London….

Hamburg Ballet at International Draft Works 2019 in Seelen-Spiel, featuring choreography by Aleix Martinez and dancers Yaiza Coll, Patricia Frida, Marc Jubete and Nicolas Glasmann.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

International Draft Works 2019 – Royal Opera House, London

★★★★✰   All ten pieces on show were strong, considered commissions, and more than half came from female choreographers – a heartening boost for this male-saturated field.

Ivan Putrov in Ashton's Dance of the Blessed Spirits.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Against the Stream – London

★★★★✰   Putov brought together remarkable performers whom we long to see again, and left us wanting more…

Picture of Royal Ballet of Flanders at International Draft Works 2019, featuring choreography by Drew Jacoby who used the following dancers: Tieman Bormans, Daniel Domenech, Joseph Kudra and Oscar Ramos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – International Draft Works 2019 – Royal Opera House, London

Featuring emerging choreographers working with the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dutch National Ballet, ABT Studio Company, Hamburg Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Albert Quesada & Zoltán Vakulya in OneTwoThreeOneTwo.© Benjamin Sommabere. (Click image for larger version)

Albert Quesada & Zoltán Vakulya – OneTwoThreeOneTwo – London

★✰✰✰✰   There may have been an intelligent premise to this show but, if there was, it remained inaccessible to me….

Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia in Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Balanchine, Robbins & Reisen quad bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   Opus 19 feels at once nostalgic, mysterious and dreamy…

Crystal Costa and 5 Voices (Adela Ramirez, Angela Wood, James Forbat, Francisco Bosch and Henry Dowden) in Stina Quagebeur's Nora. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – She Persisted: Broken Wings, Nora, Le Sacre du printemps – London

★★★★✰   Grouping this diverse triple bill under the title She Persisted works in so many ways…

Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019 Gala group photo.© Jack Devant. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019 – London

★★★✰✰   The annual Ballet Icons gala, now in its 14th year, aims to promote Russian culture while providing a Sunday evening’s entertainment for Russians in London and ballet-lovers…

Katja Khaniukova in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Broken Wings & Nora

Part of the ‘She Persisted’ bill at Sadler’s Wells. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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