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
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…

Sayaka Ichikawa, Mthuthuzeli November, Isabela Coracy and Cira Robison in Cathy Marston’s The Suit.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – The Suit, Ingoma – London

★★★★✰   Merging these two works onto the same bill created a powerful double-header of impressive and arresting dance theatre.

Alina Cojocaru in Cinderella.© Ian Gavan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★★✰   A spectacular show, full of colour, humour and romance…

Carmela Mayo in Björk Ballet by Arthur Pita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – The Infinite Ocean, Snowblind, Björk Ballet – London

★★★★✰   Ballet companies across the globe are in a new age of commissioning …but none can match the pioneering zeal of this, the oldest American ballet company.

Antonia Naouele and Ahmed Soura in Kalakuta Republik.© Doune Photo. (Click image for larger version)

Faso Danse Théâtre – Kalakuta Republik – London

★★★✰✰   Without help, which was certainly not forthcoming in the programme, most of the action was a mystery in relation to Kuti and the Kalakuta Republik.

Kiera Martin, curator of the Where Ye From Wild Card event.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Kiera Martin – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Where Ye From – London

★★★✰✰   It was one of those evenings without an obvious beginning or end…

Carlos Acosta CBE with Dance Section Charirman Graham Watts (left) and Mark Shenton, President of the Critics Circle.© Peter Hogan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta splendidly summed up as he collects his Critics’ Circle Services to the Arts award

I was at the recent Critics’ Circle lunch when Carlos Acosta won his latest award and was struck by Graham Watts citation – it seemed to splendidly sum up Carlos, both the man and his illustrious career… and why exactly we all admire him. BM, Ed.

Julia Conway - Emerging Dancer Award winner.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2019 – London

★★★✰✰   The 2019 winner is London-born Julia Conway and her success was well deserved.

Elly Braund in Inala.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Sisters Grimm – Inala – London

★★★★✰   This third iteration of Inala under the Sadler’s Wells umbrella seems refreshingly new and the abundance of goodwill promised by the Zulu title was all-pervasive.

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…

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….

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