Author: Lynette Halewood

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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…

Promotional image for Malavika Sarukkai's Thari - The Loom.© Shalini Jain. (Click image for larger version)

Malavika Sarukkai – Thari, The Loom – London

★★★✰✰   The inspiration for bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai to create her group work Thari – The Loom came from the hand weavers of Kanchipuram in India and the elaborately patterned saris that they produce.

Dana Fouras & Russell Maliphant in Duet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – maliphantworks2: Critical Mass, Two Times Two, Still, Duet – London

★★★★✰   Duet, the new work for Maliphant and Fouras closes the programme. This has a surprisingly eclectic soundtrack. After bursts of static as if from a radio, a vintage recording of Una furtive lacrima tenderly sung by Caruso…

María Pagés Compañía in Yo Carmen.© David Ruano. (Click image for larger version)

María Pagés Compañía – Yo Carmen – London

★★★✰✰   Yo Carmen was originally billed as a radical reimagining of Bizet’s opera and that’s not exactly the case. Don’t go along to this thinking that you will see any representation of the story with gypsies and bullfighters, or any male characters dancing.

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Men in Motion flyer.© Nick Knight. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2017) – London

★★✰✰✰   All the ingredients seemed promising but the evening was disappointing, struggling to recover from the tedium of the dire opening item…

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