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Taken on my first day back in Scottish Ballet studios post surgeries.© Araminta Wraith. (Click image for larger version)

Road to Recovery: Instagram vs Reality

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. This is her fourth blog and all about dancers and injuries – it’s a very personal and heartfelt tale…

Angelin Preljocaj.© Joerg Letz. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Angelin Preljocaj, Choreographer and Director

Ballet Preljocaj are about to make their long awaited return to London’s Sadler’s Wells dancing “La Fresque” – Graham Watts talks to Angelin Preljocaj about the work itself and more widely about his creative life.

Araminta Wraith and Nick Shoesmith in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet’s Crucible – From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. The third blog is titled “From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective” and all about the creation and premiere of Helen Pickett’s “The Crucible”.

Araminta Wraith and company in Helen Pickett's The Crucible.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Crucible – Edinburgh

★★★★★   Scottish Ballet has a major critical hit on their hands – this is compelling 21st century watching. It was the premiere you want to see, but so very often don’t, with everybody, but everybody, at the top of their game…

Helen Pickett.© Mihaela Bodlovic. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Helen Pickett about her “Crucible” for Scottish Ballet and the Edinburgh International Festival…

As part of their 50th anniversary Scottish Ballet presents the world premiere of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, choreographed by Helen Pickett, from 3 – 5 August at the Edinburgh International Festival ahead…

Viviana Durante and Mbulelo Ndabeni in 8.38.© David Scheinmann. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – THREE/8.38/SEVEN – London

★★✰✰✰   The show at Wilton’s Music Hall, produced and directed by former ballerina Viviana Durante, was originally billed as The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht…

Elly Braund in Inala.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Sisters Grimm – Inala – London

★★★★✰   This third iteration of Inala under the Sadler’s Wells umbrella seems refreshingly new and the abundance of goodwill promised by the Zulu title was all-pervasive.

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?

Javier Andreu and Aaron Venegas in Laplane's Dextera.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Dextera, Elite Syncopations – Inverness

★★★★✰   It’s the company’s 50th Anniversary season and rather than start it, as you might expect, in Glasgow or Edinburgh, they opened in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness, with a special premiere and a full-on party for all.

Reece Causton, Oliver Russell, Luke Bradshaw and Harriet Ellis in 5 Soldiers.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – 5 Soldiers: the Body is the Frontline – London

★★★★✰   The physicality of 5 Soldiers during the hour-long performance brings home the breaking of bodies…

Scottish Ballet in Each Other.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Each Other (premiere) – Glasgow

★★★★✰   Each Other makes you reflect and think – and it deserves to be seen much more widely.

Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young's Betroffenheit.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre – Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young – London

★★★✰✰   I give it 3 stars because when you do see Pite’s movement it’s amazing, but in any other hands this was a 2 star night.

Thomas Edwards, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo in Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Maze, Motion of Displacement, Elsa Canasta – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s autumn bill is an uplifting affair with everything on it new to the company…

Sophie Laplane.© Christina Riley. (Click image for larger version)

Sophie Laplane – Choreographer and Dancer, Scottish Ballet

5 Questions to Sophie Laplane on her latest work for Scottish Ballet – Maze…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört – London

Auf dem Gebirge comes from her gloomy period, when she was more concerned with the imagery her performers could dig out of themselves than with their abilities as dancers.

Sandrine Monin and Sam Vaherlehto in Christopher Bruce's Shadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Shift, Shadows, Document, Mapping – London

It’s not often these days you get a bill that couples a brand-new piece by Christopher Bruce with something by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Sadly neither of these choreographic heavyweights has been as active in UK dance as they were formerly and this program reminds us of what we have been missing.

TaikaBox in Beyond The Body.© TaikaBox. (Click image for larger version)

TaikaBox – Beyond The Body – Edinburgh

There’s a clean, healthy lightness that runs through TaikaBox’s meditation on the limits of the body

Pavel Mašek and Andrea Opavská in Riders.© Viktor Kronbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Lenka Vagnerová brings wild women and mythological animals to Edinburgh in Fringe shows La Loba and Riders

‘I was not interested in the image of womanhood as it is presented by the media, nor in its visual aspect,’ says Vagnerová…

Compagnie Philippe Genty in Forget Me Not.© Pascal Francois. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Philippe Genty – Forget Me Not (Ne M’Oublie Pas) – Grasse

These are not purely dance performances, but an imaginative and original mixture of dance, mime, marionettes, illusion, music, light and sound effects…

Nina Ananiashvili with her final shrug in Tampopo, from 2012 gala.© Lado Vachnadze. (Click image for larger version)

Happy Birthday Nina Ananiashvili

A tribute to Nina Ananiashvili – with personal memories – on her 50th birthday.

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