Author: Lynette Halewood

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Cordelia Braithwaite and Paris Fitzpatrick in Romeo and Juliet.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – London

★★★✰✰   Our setting is the Verona Institute in the near future. Here disturbed young people have been locked up for an opaque purpose under the eye of a sadistic jailer… A traumatised Juliet meets a troubled Romeo, and it ends as badly as you might expect.

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, 2018/19. For the names of dancers see this DNB webpage. © Altin Kaftira, courtesy DNB Website. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company – ROH, Young Talent Festival, Quint bill – London

★★★✰✰   Dutch National Ballet Junior Company at the ROH Young Talent Festival with 5 works – No Time Before Time, Fuse, What Got You Here, Fingers in the Air and In The Future.

Junior Ballett Zürich in Wounded.© Gregory Batardon. (Click image for larger version)

Junior Ballett Zürich – Young Talent Festival: Echo of Elements, Wounded, Submerge – London

★★★✰✰   The twelve dancers are a mix of nationalities, attractive, lively and energetic, fortunately possessing the stamina required to get through a demanding programme.

San Francisco Ballet in Anima Animus by David Dawson.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To, Anima Animus – London

★★★★✰   It’s been a treat to see so much new work made specifically for a company. The dancers are free, unburdened by the weight of history and expectation, with no comparisons to be made to famous past performers or interpretations. It’s all theirs.

Cai Glover in 9.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Cas Public – 9 – London

★★✰✰✰   Cas Public’s 9, now at the Linbury Theatre is a curious mix, big ideas but flawed execution.

Ed Myhill in Revellers' Mass.© Rhys Cozens. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales – Awakening: Tundra, Afterimage, Revellers’ Mass – London

★★★✰✰   It’s quite a mixed evening. The standout item is the final piece, Revellers’ Mass by the company’s resident choreographer, Caroline Finn.

Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener's Tesseract.© Mick Bello / EMPAC. (Click image for larger version)

Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener – Tesseract – London

★★★✰✰   Tesseract is a curious, sometimes disorienting mix of film, live dance, and projections of filmed live dance.

Rambert2: Salome Pressac in Killer Pig.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled, 2019 – London

★★★✰✰   Once a year Sadler’s Wells puts on Sampled, a pick and mix of the types of dance you might see at the venue. The front stalls seats are taken out, and standing in that area is only a fiver, with cheap tickets in general.

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

English National Ballet – Manon – London

★★★★✰   The entire cast is committed to the MacMillan idea of everyone having their own character and story, and the result is a richly detailed picture of the conflicts between poverty and wealth, love and lust.

Thomas Bieszka in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2018 – London

Semperoper Ballett Dresden were another new visitor in the summer, with a programme of Forsythe works, some not seen here before. But Forsythe is a theme this year in himself.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Noetic.© Mats Backer. (Click image for larger version)

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley – Noetic – London

★★★★✰   Noetic was created in 2014 for the company by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui working with his frequent collaborator sculptor Antony Gormley.

Sujata Mohapatra.© Rehmat Rayatt. (Click image for larger version)

Sujata Mohapatraa and Gauri Diwakar at Darbar 2018 – Adventures in Odissi and Kathak – London

★★★★✰   The evening allowed us to observe the differences between the expressive delicacy of the Odissi storytelling and the more expansive and speedy space-devouring moves of Kathak. Each had its distinct flavour with different qualities to enjoy.

Promotional image for James Wilton's The Storm.© Steve Tanner. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – The Storm – London

★★★✰✰   The Storm grapples with feeling low, becoming depressed and the tempest like outbursts which can follow.

m/y by Julie Cunningham.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva and Alesandra Seutin – Reckonings bill – London

★★★✰✰   Reckonings celebrates the 20th anniversary of the reopening of Sadler’s Wells after its rebuild. Rather than commemorate previous successes, it presents three new works commissioned from emerging UK choreographers as a deliberate statement of belief in the future.

Seeta Patel in Not Today’s Yesterday.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Not Today’s Yesterday – London

★★★✰✰   This is a sincere and deeply felt attempt to show us how history gets rewritten to demonise some and exalt others.

Shane Shambhu in Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.© Shane Shambhu. (Click image for larger version)

Shane Shambhu / Altered Skin – Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – London

★★★✰✰   It’s easy to warm to Shane Shambhu and to laugh along with him, but though the journey was entertaining it doesn’t seem to reach an entirely clear conclusion.

Robert Carter in The Dying Swan.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Les Sylphides bill – London

★★★★✰   The curtain calls for Robert Carter’s “Dying Swan” are nearly as long as the ballet itself and just as funny.

Seeta Patel – Not Today’s Yesterday.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Seeta Patel about her latest work – Not Today’s Yesterday

Seeta Patel is about to tour the UK with her latest one-woman dance theatre work, “Not Today’s Yesterday” – it’s about the “whitewashing of history” and we wanted to know more…

Momoko Hirata in Romeo and Juliet.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

★★★★✰   It was a fine team performance from the company but particular honours go to Momoko Hirata’s Juliet who let us know what she was thinking and feeling at every moment.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Formosa – London

★★★★✰   Formosa means beautiful, and is how Portuguese sailors described the island of Taiwan when they reached it in the sixteenth century. It is the title of the latest work by Lin Hwai-Min, his final creation before retiring as Artistic Director of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre…

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