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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.

Hannah Burfield and Londiwe Khoza in Rays, Spark, Beating Glows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella – Shoreditch Takeover – London

★★★★✰   Wrapping up Dance Umbrella, “Shoreditch Takeover” was a celebration of cross-disciplinary work. It featured two dance works, poetry and a film, not to mention a DJ…

Anna Martine Freeman - part of Shoreditch Takeover.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shoreditch Takeover: featuring choreography by Julie Cunningham

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman and Jacqueline Bâby in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Lyon Opera Ballet – Trois Grandes Fugues – London

★★★★✰   How many ways can you hear the same piece of music? This inspired programme by Lyon Opera Ballet suggested, with elegant simplicity, that there are as many ways to hear something as there are people to hear it.

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman, Jacqueline Bâby, Coralie Levieux and Graziella Lorriaux in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Lyon Opera Ballet in Maguy Marin’s part of Trois Grandes Fugues

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Liz Lerman.© Lise Metzger. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella Lecture 2017 – Liz Lerman: “Finding the Thread, Losing the Plot”

Liz Lerman is an enlightened performer, writer, educator and speaker. A tiny woman with a quietly formidable presence, her lecture was an inspirational manifesto for dance and life.

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.

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl – Origami – London

★★★✰✰   Origami is a work for a solo performer and a shipping container which slowly unfolds and reconfigures itself over forty minutes.

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…

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl’s Origami

Photographed at Battersea Power Station. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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