November 2019
Michael Trusnovec in Variations solo from Balanchie's Episodes.© Nina Wurtzel. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – Gala including new Kyle Abraham – New York

★★★★✰   As a special one-off, Michael Trusnovec, now a guest artist, danced the solo from George Balanchine’s spiky and ascetic Episodes which he made for Paul Taylor in 1959.

Ballet du Rhin in Les Beaux Dormants.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet du Rhin – Les Beaux Dormants – London

Le Ballet de L’Opéra national du Rhin – Ballet du Rhin Les Beaux dormants (The Sleeping Beauties) ★★★✰✰ London, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, 21 November 2019 Gallery of pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza in Rooster.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Evolution: Rooster, Faun, Satori & Paysage, Soudain, la nuit – London

★★★★✰   It’s thrilling to see the building confidence of Carlos Acosta’s Cuban-based dance company. There’s a sense of cohesion, shared purpose and a unique identity drawn from a vibrant range of influences.

Ballet du Rhin in Les Beaux Dormants.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet du Rhin in Les Beaux Dormants

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Olga Smirnova and Artemy Belyakov in Giselle.© Damir Yusupov/ Bolshoi Theatre. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Giselle (Ratmansky premiere) – Moscow

★★★★✰   This is a Giselle that is both familiar and new. Watching it on opening night was like seeing a faded painting regain its colors.

Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland.© Gareth Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pepperland – Washington

★★★✰✰   Much of the exuberance and vibrancy in Pepperland is supplied by Morris’s ingenious and utterly entertaining choreography…

Joseph Toonga in Born To Manifest.© The Other Richard. (Click image for larger version)

Just Us Dance Theatre / Joseph Toonga – Born To Manifest – London

★★★★✰   This is a thoughtful and nuanced depiction of how complex and fraught identity can be in Britain today, put across with meaty, muscular force by two charismatic performers.

Tom Dale Company in Step Sonic.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Tom Dale Company – Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge – London

Tom Dale Company Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge ★★★✰✰ London, The Place 14 November 2019 tomdale.org.uk www.theplace.org.uk This two-part programme of work in progress further enhances Tom Dale’s reputation as a…

Ace Dance and Music - Skin Reimagined publicity image.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

ACE Dance and Music – Skin Reimagined: Blind Trip, Letlalo – London

★★✰✰✰   Blind Trip was longer than it deserved to be and mixed too many ideas to be compact and coherent, while Letlalo left me wanting more of the performance on stage but less of the filming going on beside me.

Company Točnadanza in "Peggy Untitled": Dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim.© Francesco Barasciutti. (Click image for larger version)

Company Točnadanza – “Peggy Untitled”: Dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim – Venice

★★★✰✰   “Peggy Untitled” is a poetic, impressionistic tribute to the enigmatic Peggy Guggenheim and five works in the Guggenheim collection.

Byron Tittle and Michelle Dorrance in Myelination.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One – London

★★★★✰   Dorrance Dance boast crisp technique and a sharp-witted approach that catapults tap way beyond its show-biz associations.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome's Inchoate Buzz.© Ayka Lux. (Click image for larger version)

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Inchoate Buzz – London

★★★✰✰   Fernanda Munoz-Newsome’s unconventional set up in the Lilian Baylis transformed the studio into part nightclub-chill-out lounge, part sensual art installation and featured a line-up of intriguing guest artists.

Charlotte Landreau, Marzia Memoli and Lorenzo Pagano in The Auditions.© Melissa Sherwood. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Appalachian Spring, The Auditions – New York

★★★★✰   This season, as part of the 75th anniversary of Appalachian Spring, Martha Graham Dance Company invited Troy Schumacher to create a new piece to be danced alongside the iconic work…

Emanuel Gat Dance in WORKS.© Julia Gat. (Click image for larger version)

Emanuel Gat Dance – WORKS – London

★★✰✰✰   There are six distinct works that, taped together, form WORKS… It adds up to a beguiling, albeit uneven and often inaccessible, 70-something minutes of dance.

Dorrance Dance in Myelination.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dorrance Dance in Myelination

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2019 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 20th National Dance Awards…

Rambert Event - Miguel Altunaga.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rambert Merce Cunningham Event – London

★★★★✰   As part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial celebrations, Rambert dance company took over all four floors of Sadler’s Wells before the on-stage performance of this year’s Event.

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, dating back to 2006, is a homage to Ninette de Valois and her faith that Marius Petipa’s Imperial Russian ballet should be the flagship of her British company.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Kevin Poeung in Kenneth Tindall’s The Shape of Sound.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Kingdom of Back, Mamela…, The Shape of Sound – London

★★★✰✰   The works offer strong contrasts between the traditional story-telling strength of Northern Ballet and more abstract thematic dance.

Foyer de danse: Ginevra Zambon and Kevin Emerton with Ursula Hageli.© Rachel Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Foyer de danse and the Le Papillon solo

Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: “Foyer de danse”, coached by Ursula Hageli & Christopher Newton, and the “Le Papillon” solo, coached by Wayne Eagling. Jann Parry with a detail report for DanceTabs..

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