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Company Točnadanza in "Peggy Untitled": Dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim.© Francesco Barasciutti. (Click image for larger version)

Company Točnadanza – “Peggy Untitled”: Dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim – Venice

★★★✰✰   “Peggy Untitled” is a poetic, impressionistic tribute to the enigmatic Peggy Guggenheim and five works in the Guggenheim collection.

Byron Tittle and Michelle Dorrance in Myelination.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One – London

★★★★✰   Dorrance Dance boast crisp technique and a sharp-witted approach that catapults tap way beyond its show-biz associations.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome's Inchoate Buzz.© Ayka Lux. (Click image for larger version)

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Inchoate Buzz – London

★★★✰✰   Fernanda Munoz-Newsome’s unconventional set up in the Lilian Baylis transformed the studio into part nightclub-chill-out lounge, part sensual art installation and featured a line-up of intriguing guest artists.

Charlotte Landreau, Marzia Memoli and Lorenzo Pagano in The Auditions.© Melissa Sherwood. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Appalachian Spring, The Auditions – New York

★★★★✰   This season, as part of the 75th anniversary of Appalachian Spring, Martha Graham Dance Company invited Troy Schumacher to create a new piece to be danced alongside the iconic work…

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.

Rambert Event - Miguel Altunaga.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rambert Merce Cunningham Event – London

★★★★✰   As part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial celebrations, Rambert dance company took over all four floors of Sadler’s Wells before the on-stage performance of this year’s Event.

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, dating back to 2006, is a homage to Ninette de Valois and her faith that Marius Petipa’s Imperial Russian ballet should be the flagship of her British company.

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.

Rambert2 in Andrea Miller's Sama.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert2 – Terms and Conditions, Sin, Sama – London

★★★✰✰   Absolutely first rate dancing with rather mixed choreography…

Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Henri Bertrand Lesguillier in Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas – Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge – New York

★★★★★   What this Bacchae resembles most is a kind of carnaval, an ordered mayhem in which up is down, all inhibitions are shed, and madness reigns.

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.

Black Grace in Crying Men.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Black Grace – Kiona and the Little Bird Suite, As Night Falls, Crying Men, Method – New York

★★★★✰   The dozen dancers brought a fierce energy to the stage, performing four works of astonishing speed and athleticism.

Momoko Hirata, Cesar Morales and Marion Tait in Giselle.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰   …exemplary performances from Momoko Hirata as Giselle and César Morales as Albrecht make for a richly rewarding and moving experience.

Margherita Elliot in BEAT.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Igor and Moreno – BEAT – London

★★★★★   Cool, intelligent, thought-provoking, BEAT excels because of its fantastic creative team and its absolute superstar dancer, Margherita Elliot.

Washington Ballet in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Delusional Beauty.© xmb Photography, courtesy The Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – NEXTsteps: Reverence, Delusional Beauty, Racecar – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Washington Ballet opened its season with a program of new works created specifically for the company. All three ballets …had a strong visual appeal and plenty of winning ideas…

Sung Im Her's Nutcrusher.© Sang Hoon Ok. (Click image for larger version)

Sung Im Her – Nutcrusher – London

★★★✰✰   Sung Im Her’s Nutcrusher is a dance work which adds a valuable contribution to the #metoo movement with its gritty aesthetics and undoing of the sexually coded body.

Ekaterina Kondaurova in La Bayadere.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – La Bayadère – San Francisco

★★★★✰   the Mariinsky’s production was a welcome ravishment of vibrant costumes, shimmering jewels, romantic storytelling and sheer entertainment…

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…

CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

CCN Ballet de Lorraine and Compagnie Amala Dianor – The Future Bursts In bill – London

★★★★✰   The title of the latest triple bill in the Linbury studio theatre is taken from The Observer’s dance critic’s review of the Merce Cunningham Company’s arrival in Britain in 1964.

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.

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