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
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…

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.

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