October 2020
Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara in an excerpt from Polyphonia.© Marina Harss. (Click image for larger version)

Dancers doing it for themselves – Dancers of New York City Ballet present live new work & brief excerpts

There was a rush of emotion at seeing these extraordinary dancers doing the thing they do best. Their energy, precision, and drive, the way they change the space around them, is inspiring…

Sketch Dance Company in To Have and to Hold.© Jasmine Andrews. (Click image for larger version)

Sketch Dance Company – To Have and to Hold at Brighton Fringe Festival

★★★✰✰   This challenging 40-minute work is well worth perseverance since what at first seems a collection of random acts, builds together into a coherent enquiry into the process of being…

Akram Khan in Desh.© Stephanie Berger, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – The Silent Burn Project

This three-hour compilation of dance films, interviews and discussions celebrates Akram Khan’s burning desire to speak out to a wide audience in the occasion of his company’s 20th anniversary.

Ben Duke in In a Nutshell.© Rachel Bunce. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – In a Nutshell

★★★★✰   Lost Dog’s short film, streamed for free by The Place Online was made at the beginning of lockdown and is a eulogy to live performance before the pandemic but also a rumination on life without human contact.

Sunanda Biswas and Adrian Falconer in Ragtime to Grime – Bring It Home.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Grounded Movement’s Ragtime to Grime – Bring It Home

Greenwich Dance are presenting ‘Ragtime to Grime – Bring It Home’, a live dance show by street dance company Grounded Movement, being performed to individual homes throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich from 10-24 October to mark Black History Month.

Federico Bonelli and Akane Takada in Swan lake.© Tristram Kenton ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Back on Stage – London

The entire Royal Ballet were back on stage and performing for a live audience last Friday in a gala style show which was/is also streamed. Jann Parry was mightily impressed with the dancing and repertoire (★★★★★) if not so much with the live audience experience in a Covid aware Opera House (★★★✰✰)

Detail from the flyer image for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020.© David Gordon. (Click image for larger/full version)

David Gordon’s work (1972/2020) at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival

David Gordon has been collaging past choreography and present variations, text and narration, video and photographs and graphic arts, personal and cultural history for so long that it is no surprise he was perfectly positioned to make something truly involving under lock down…

Gavin Coward in But Living choreographed by Gary Clarke and produced by the Lawrence Batley Theatre.© Dave Bewick. (Click image for larger version)

Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet & Gary Clarke Company – Locked Down. Locked In. But Living

★★★★✰   As tentative steps continue to get the dance world back on its feet, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield has asked three companies to embrace the possibilities of lockdown with a trio of filmed works.

Book cover of David McAllister's "Soar: A Life Freed by Dance".© Thames & Hudson. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Soar: A Life Freed by Dance – by David McAllister

David McAllister, about to step down as the artistic director of Australian Ballet, has just released his memoir and it proves enlightening and candid reading about both the company and the man himself…

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