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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.

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

Gallery – CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls (part of Dance Umbrella)

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019 and ‘The Future Bursts In’ bill at the Royal Opera House. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Georgia Vardarou in her Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Georgia Vardarou’s Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019 – Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gregory Maqoma's Cion: Requiem of Ravel's Bolero.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero – London

★★★✰✰   Gregory Maqoma’s theatrical storytelling, a potent mix of a capella, dance styles and scenography, projects a strong universal theme – grief.

Oona Doherty in Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus.© Simon Harrison. (Click image for larger version)

Oona Doherty – Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus – London

★★★★✰   A charismatic and compelling performance and a forensic examination of embattled masculinity, holding the attention throughout with unflagging energy.

Ashley McLellan and Lilian Steiner in Lucy Guerin's Split.© Gregory Lorenzutti. (Click image for larger version)

Lucy Guerin – Split – London

★★★★✰   Fascinating for the duration of its 50 mins, Split focusses on duality – charting the shifts between Ashley McLellan and Lilian Steiner as they negotiate their space, timing, movement and relationship.

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft (part of Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gisele Vienne's Crowd.© Estelle Hanania. (Click image for larger version)

Gisele Vienne – Crowd – London

★★★★✰   You have to marvel at the skill and precision of the 15 dancers in Crowd, the creation of the Franco-Austrian choreographer Gisele Vienne and the opening show of this year’s Dance Umbrella festival.

Alister O’Loughlin in Zoo Humans.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Urban Playground Team in Zoo Humans (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rocio Molina in Fallen From Heaven.© Simone Fratini. (Click image for larger version)

Rocío Molina – Fallen From Heaven – London

★★★★✰   Fallen From Heaven (Caido del Cielo) is referenced as the celebration of being a woman, and it is certainly all about one woman.

Russell Maliphant (winner of the Best Independent Company award) & Dana Fouras (a Best Female Dancer nominee).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2018 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 19th National Dance Awards…

Le Patin Libre in Threshold.© Romain Guilbaul. (Click image for larger version)

Le Patin Libre – Threshold – London

★★★★✰   If there is a major difference between Le Patin Libre of 2014 and now, then surely it lies in this merger of these skaters’ extreme skills with the same elite capability in their artistic collaborators.

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…

Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything that Rises Must Dance.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sasha Milavic Davies’ Everything that Rises Must Dance

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything that Rises Must Dance.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Milavic Davies – Everything that Rises Must Dance – London

★★★★✰   One of the highlights of Dance Umbrella’s 40th anniversary was watching 200 women perform Everything that Rises Must Dance…

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…

Paul Lazar in 17c.© Manuel Harlan. (Click image for larger version)

Big Dance Theater – 17c – London

★★★✰✰   Big Dance Theater company, based in New York, set about turning Samuel Pepys priapic confessions into a dance theatre piece, mashing up past and present….

Cia Maduixa in DOT.© Jorid Pla. (Click image for larger version)

Cia Maduixa – DOT – London

★★★★★   What makes the show so seductive is the smooth and slick integration of visual effects with movement.

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