Author: Graham Watts

Dance Writer/Critic. Member of the Critics' Circle, Chairman of the Dance Section and National Dance Awards Committee. Writes for leading dance magazines & websites - in UK, Europe, USA, Japan & cyberspace. Graham is based in London.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
Faith Prendergast in The Little Prince.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein – The Little Prince – London

★★★★✰   Silvestrini has fashioned a striking theatrical experience in perfect harmony with this timeless story, capped by a triumphal performance in the title role.

Jeffery Taylor.© 2011 Mark Kehoe, courtesy Sunday Express. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: Jeffery Taylor, 1938 – 2019, Dancer and Critic

Jeffery Taylor, who died in the autumn, aged 81, was a professional dancer for sixteen years before going on to become a dance critic. Graham Watts on the real Billy Elliot…

Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years book cover.© Scala Arts/RAD. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years

The achievements of RAD over the past hundred years are brought together in an impressive new book, published this month…

Ashley Shaw and Adam Cooper in The Red Shoes.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – London

★★★★★   …this revival of The Red Shoes, coming with a number of tweaks, appears even tighter and slicker than the original.

English National Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   Having premiered in 2010, it is now two years’ past the median lifespan of an ENB Nutcracker and – despite many attributes – the show has reached its sell-by date.

Chester Hayes as Billy in Kes Reimagined.© Marv Martin. (Click image for larger version)

Film: Kes Reimagined, by Jonathan Watkins

★★★★✰   In Watkins’ choreography and MacGibbon’s mastery of camera angles and close-ups the narrative is crystal clear.

Madhavi Mudgal's Vistar.© Rehmat Rayatt. (Click image for larger version)

Madhavi Mudgal – Vistar – London

★★★✰✰   There is a mannered and refined gentility in the movement style; bodies and arms beautifully shaped with the eloquent symmetry of body bends…

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.

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.

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.

Dane Hurst in Staging Schiele.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Staging Schiele – London

★★★★✰   Jeyasingh has directed a work in which all the elements integrate seamlessly to provide a satisfying, if fleeting, picture of a life.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November with Jose Alves in Cathy Marston's The Suit.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet & Ballet Black – A Brief Nostalgia, The Suit, Nine Sinatra Songs – London

Birmingham Royal Ballet ★★★✰✰ & Ballet Black ★★★★★   The Suit rewards multiple viewings and it thoroughly merited the opportunity of the bigger platform…

ZooNation in Some Like It Hip Hop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company – Some Like It Hip Hop – London

★★★★✰   Some Like it Hip Hop is full of quirky humour, great music and dance, enjoying top-notch performances throughout the whole cast of sixteen.

Fame the Musical.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Fame the Musical – London

★★★★✰   With a strong and familiar story, an excellent songbook, well performed, and a pacy theatrical momentum, it is highly recommended.

Angelin Preljocaj.© Joerg Letz. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Angelin Preljocaj, Choreographer and Director

Ballet Preljocaj are about to make their long awaited return to London’s Sadler’s Wells dancing “La Fresque” – Graham Watts talks to Angelin Preljocaj about the work itself and more widely about his creative life.

The 2019 Gala Flamenca.© Juan Conca/David Mudarra. (Click image for larger version)

Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerrero and María Moreno – Gala Flamenca – London

★★★★★   As the gala’s artistic director, Liñán brought together four great talents (three dancers and a singer), backed up by an outstanding group of musicians…

Rocio Molina in Fallen From Heaven.© Simone Fratini. (Click image for larger version)

Rocío Molina – Fallen From Heaven – London

★★★★✰   Fallen From Heaven (Caido del Cielo) is referenced as the celebration of being a woman, and it is certainly all about one woman.

Tilda Marriage Massey in Ballet Shoes.© Alice Pennefather. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet – Ballet Shoes – London

★★★✰✰   The great achievement of LCB is to mount professional productions, complete with full orchestra, without charging parents for the privilege.

Naulaq LeDrew and Avatara Ayuso in No Woman's Land.© Adam Dreeseen. (Click image for larger version)

AVA Dance Company – ORIGINS Festival: No Woman’s Land – London

★★★★✰   Ava Dance Company’s essay on the tribulations of the Inuit people from the northern-most reaches of Canada is appropriately a mix of dance theatre and spoken text…

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