Author: Siobhan Murphy

Siobhan Murphy is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor, based in London. Between 2005 and 2014 she was London Metro's arts editor. She also contributes to LondonDance and tweets sporadically at @blacktigerlily.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Sasha De Sola and Angelo Greco in Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Bespoke, Hummingbird and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – London

★★★★✰   the overall impression was of the wholly American spirit of the company – peppy, vivacious, determined and running at full-tilt.

TAO Dance Theater in 9.© Fan Xi. (Click image for larger version)

TAO Dance Theater – 4 & 9 – London

★★★★✰   There is something verging on the mystical about Tao Ye’s rigorously minimalist dance creations. The Beijing-based choreographer’s Numerical Series has stripped back dance to an almost forensic study…

Rambert in Marion Motin's Rouge.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – PreSentient, Rouge, In Your Rooms – London

★★★✰✰   The bill is a bold statement of intent – but a little underwhelming in reality.

Deborah-Colker's Dog Without Feathers.© Pete Woodhead. (Click image for larger version)

Deborah Colker Dance Company – Dog Without Feathers – London

★★★✰✰   It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the filmed sequences – which means the live dance element rather loses out.

Israel Galvan in La Fiesta.© Aliaksandra Kanonchenka. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – La Fiesta – London

★★★★✰   Much like his previous show, FLA.CO.MEN, with which it shares quite a few elements, this was 90 minutes of never knowing quite what was going to happen next…

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa's Vessel.© Yoshikazu Inoue. (Click image for larger version)

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa – Vessel – London

★★★★✰   The tableaux recall Francis Bacon paintings – and Goya in his darkest moments.

Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet & Romeo.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet & Romeo – London

★★★★✰   What if the star cross’d lovers hadn’t died, but had run away, got married, had a child, reached middle age and hit a relationship crisis?

The Thread: Russell Maliphant and Vangelis.© Nikiforos. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant and Vangelis – The Thread – London

★★★✰✰   Sometimes a meeting of diverse dance styles can illuminate both – at other times, it’s not clear what benefit either has gained from the encounter.

BalletBoyz in Christopher Wheeldon’s Us.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Them/Us – London

★★★★✰   There’s lots to savour in this burst of creative expression from the present crop of Boyz.

Ultima Vez in Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Ultima Vez – Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour – London

★★✰✰✰   Ultima Vez’s latest show, a devised piece of dance-theatre that tries to explore the nature of faith and religion, …ends up about as awkward and unwieldy as its title.

Emma Barrowman in Bon Voyage, Bob...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Bon Voyage, Bob… – London

★★✰✰✰   It’s three hours long, not including the interval. But a tanztheater classic this is not…

Uchenna Dance in Hansel & Gretel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Uchenna Dance – Hansel & Gretel – London

★★★✰✰   Vicki Igbokwe’s bold dance retelling of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel has a sense of playfulness at its heart, and something of a political message for adults to chew on too.

Colin Dunne in Concert.© Peter-Hallward. (Click image for larger version)

Colin Dunne – Concert – London

★★★★✰   Since leaving the Riverdance juggernaut, Dunne has taken a stripped-back approach to Irish dancing, exposing its deeply soulful side.

Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer.© Julian Mommert. (Click image for larger version)

Dimitris Papaioannou – The Great Tamer – London

★★★★✰   What a deeply strange – and strangely affecting – piece of work The Great Tamer is. You’d struggle to call it dance; Dimitris Papaioannou is intensely interested in bodies and how to move them, but this manifested itself in something quite different from sequences of steps.

Via Katlehong Dance in Via Kanana.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Via Katlehong Dance and Gregory Maqoma – Via Kanana – London

★★★★✰   This show was a blast of South African pantsula, a township dance movement that has drawn influences from everything from tribal dances to hip hop…

Wen Hui's Red.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Wen Hui – Red – London

★★★✰✰   It reminds you powerfully that the Chinese Cultural Revolution has a living legacy…

Carlos Acosta in Rooster.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza – Carlos Acosta: A Celebration bill – London

★★★✰✰   There was a lot here to enjoy. This may have been a celebration of three decades in dance, but there was no nostalgia here…

Avant Garde Dance in Fagin’s Twist.© Avant Garde Dance. (Click image for larger version)

Avant Garde Dance – Fagin’s Twist – London

★★★★✰   Tony Adigun’s smart street-dance reimagining of Dickens’s Oliver Twist switches the focus of the tale…

Carlos Acosta.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Dancer, Directer, Choreographer: ‘I am a man on a mission – I always have been’

“That’s what it’s always been about for me – the necessity to connect with an audience and express myself.”

Francesca Hayward and Matthew Ball (The Royal Ballet) in Bach Forms, choreography by Wayne McGregor.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

Dance@TheGrange – Curated by Wayne McGregor & Edward Watson – Grange Festival, Hampshire

★★★★✰   McGregor’s company dancers (in Bach Forms) brought a surging energy, buoying up jewel-like moments from the Royal Ballet stars…

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