"Barbican Theatre" tag
Laura Halzack and Devon Louis in Tanowitz's all at once.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Junction, all at once, Promethean Fire – New York

★★★★✰   In her ‘all at once’, Tanowitz seems to have taken Taylor’s ‘Junction’ as her starting point. Like that work, it is a paean to awkwardness…

Sayaka Ichikawa, Mthuthuzeli November, Isabela Coracy and Cira Robison in Cathy Marston’s The Suit.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – The Suit, Ingoma – London

★★★★✰   Merging these two works onto the same bill created a powerful double-header of impressive and arresting dance theatre.

Antonia Naouele and Ahmed Soura in Kalakuta Republik.© Doune Photo. (Click image for larger version)

Faso Danse Théâtre – Kalakuta Republik – London

★★★✰✰   Without help, which was certainly not forthcoming in the programme, most of the action was a mystery in relation to Kuti and the Kalakuta Republik.

Pam Tanowitz Dance in the Little Gidding section of Four Quartets.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – Four Quartets (T.S. Eliot) – London

★★★✰✰   Tanowitz is ideally placed to translate poetry into dance. Her vocabulary is effortlessly fluid with clear Cunningham/Graham/Brown influences and yet her own voice is strongly established.

Night of 100 Solos at London's Barbican Theatre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – London

★★★★✰   A quote from The Observer’s dance critic, Nigel Gosling, in 1964: ‘Merce Cunningham and his company have burst on the British scene like a bomb …heart-warming proof that here is an art with a future…’

Daphne Fernberger in London's Night of 100 Solos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Night of 100 Solos in London: Merce Cunningham Trust, Centennial Event

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

José Alves and Cira Robinson in Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Pendulum, Click!, Ingoma – London

★★★✰✰   It’s the spring and Ballet Black has just premiered its latest triple bill. It included new works by Sophie Laplane and Mthuthuzeli November, the former engagingly light and the latter movingly heartfelt…

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.

Marie Gyselbrecht, Leo De Beul and Yi-Chun Liu in Father (Vader).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Peeping Tom – Father (Vader) – London

★★★★✰   The stand-out moments in this show came in dynamic bursts of extraordinary movement in which the form of propulsion seemed to be any part of the body but the feet.

Brandon Lagaert and Yi-Chun Liu in Father (Vader).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Peeping Tom in Father (Vader)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Dust by Akram Khan.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

★★★★★   “I cannot recall being so moved at a dance performance for a very long time, if ever.”

Ricardo Da Silva, Gemma Kay Hoddy and Dickson Mbi in Blak Whyte Gray.© Carl Fox. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – Blak Whyte Gray – London

★★★★✰   Directed by Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the return to the Barbican of Blak Whyte Gray, is again a triumph.

Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – A Night with Boy Blue – London

★★★✰✰   The annual celebration of all things Boy Blue fielded 138 dancers this year – Kenrick Sandy and Michael Asante’s company is one that can wow you through sheer force of numbers alone.

Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boy Blue in A Night with Boy Blue

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth – London

★★★★✰   Was she passionate as well as imperious? Her own letters and poems suggest so: contemporary accounts by others are not to be trusted. Her position of power in turbulent times generated a lot of fake news…

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…

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) – London

★★★★★   The words “90 minutes, no interval” generally fill me with dread.

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rocío Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Darren Johnston's Zero Point.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Darren Johnston – Zero Point – London

★★✰✰✰   The show – an art installation and dance performance at once – makes heavy use of digital technology, with a range of lighting and visual illusions designed by Johnston, plus a thudding soundtrack from Canadian composer Tim Hecker.

Cira Robinson in Red Riding Hood by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood – London

★★★✰✰   It’s rather a scandal that Ballet Black get no regular Arts Council support and yet proportionally they do far more to put new work out there and also before a public that is not your usual ballet crowd.

DanceTabs © 2019 All Rights Reserved

© All here is copyright DanceTabs and the author concerned. Do not steal our words or pictures please. Thank you.