Author: Lise Smith

Lise Smith is a freelance dance manager, teacher and writer. She regularly contributes to, Arts Professional and You can check her updates on Twitter at: @Lisekit

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Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan – Sacred Monsters – London

Half the pleasure of watching Sacred Monsters on this, its final tour, is of course enjoying the penultimate opportunity to watch the ultimate ballerina of our age take the stage.

zero visibility corp. in's only a rehearsal.© Eric Berg. (Click image for larger version)

zero visibility corp. – …it’s only a rehearsal – London

…it’s only a rehearsal first appeared over a decade ago and has since become Ina Christel Johannessen’s international calling card…

Hanna Ahti and Andrius Katinas in Maija Hirvanen's For those who have time.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Maija Hirvanen – For those who have time – London

Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen has created a very arresting seven-minute solo for the limber and watchable Andrius Katinas, and…

Publicity image for Margret Sara Guojonsdottir's Variations on Closer .© Tom Akinleminu, painting by Marion Bataillard. (Click image for larger version)

Margret Sara Guojonsdottir – Variations on Closer – London

The concept is simple: three dancers enter the stage in turn and perform sequences of minimal movement, stepping or crawling across the stage in slow motion.

Seeta Patel.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel, Sadler’s Wild Card season – Something Then, Something Now – London

The double-bill ‘Something Then’, ‘Something Now’ focuses on Patel’s classical practice, and showcases the richness of bharatanatyam tradition in the UK.

Marie Lindqvist and Arsen Mehrabyan (Mother, Father) in Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet & Romeo – London

Ek’s choreography, for both groups and individuals, is animated and detailed.

Mette Ingvartsen's The Artificial Nature Project.© Jan Lietaert. (Click image for larger version)

Mette Ingvartsen – The Artificial Nature Project – London

The Artificial Nature Project extends the Ingvartsen’s curiosity about choreographing materials, this time using seven dancers to animate a vast quantity of silver tinsel slices.

The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Ballet Revolucion at Latitude Festival 2014.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dance at Latitude Festival 2014

Lise Smith with a gallery of pictures taken over the 3 days of Latitude festival. Features the following, in order of appearance: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Ballet Revolucion, Sonia Sabri Company, James Cousins Company, English National Ballet, Candoco Dance Company and National Youth Dance Company

Dance at Latitude 2014 – Spotlight on Candoco and Sonia Sabri

Latitude Festival opens next week (17th July) and features lots of interesting dance – Lise Smith catches up with 2 companies preparing their open air shows…

Now Closed… Win A Pair Of Tickets To Latitude Festival 2014!

The competition is now closed. The winning entry has been declared and the winner contacted and put in touch with Latitude Festival. Thanks to all who entered and better luck next time if you did not win! (A free to enter competition to win a free pair of adult tickets for the Latitude Festival…)

Breakin' Convention 2014 publicity image.© Belinda_Lawley. (Click image for larger version)

Breakin’ Convention 2014 – London

Dust off your spin jacket, dig out your favourite fitted cap and put on some fresh kicks – it’s time for Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of all things hip hop, Breakin’ Convention. Now in its 11th year…

© Latitude Festival

English National Ballet, Random Dance and National Youth Dance Company Top Latitude 2014 Dance Bill

Latitude, the summer festival for people who don’t like rolling around in the mud, is back in sunny Southwold for a ninth year…

Protein Dance in Border Tales.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Protein Dance – Border Tales – London

The reality is that the work’s central premise – that we are all irredeemably bad at understanding or respecting one another – seems to have greater resonance today than at any point since the bad old days…

Chen Wei-an (The God of the Clouds) in Nine Songs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Nine Songs – London

Cloud Gate’s lotuses set the scene for a lengthy work which is meditative, poetic and often beautiful to look at.

Cindy Claes – Wild Card Dancehall Takeover – London

The highlight of the evening is Claes’ own piece, Is My Whining Winding You Up? Three female friends – portrayed by Claes, Andrea Queens and Natalie Baylie – meet for coffee and to unburden themselves

Probe in Running on Empty.© Tim Copsey. (Click image for larger version)

Probe – Running On Empty – London

Probe is a genuinely interesting company that has produced delicate, moving and exciting work elsewhere. This piece is sadly none of those things.

Carol Furtado and company in The Merchants of Bollywood.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Merchants of Bollywood – London

The production has been touring since 2006, and will probably welcome near-full houses again on this run. I’m left with an overwhelming sense of an opportunity missed, however…

Peter Rapp drawing for Rebelling Against Limit.© Peter Rapp.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion – Rebelling Against Limit – London

Where Cheap Lecture seemed content to dispense casual and unpretentious pearls of wisdom in rhythmic form (“things made with effort sometimes only show effort”), Rebelling Against Limits seems shot-through with a minor angst…

Jonathan Ollivier and Madelaine Brennan (the Queen) in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Swan Lake – London

I’m not ashamed to admit to a tear in my eye at the final curtain…

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