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Dane Hurst, Estela Merlos, Mathieu Geffre and Hannah Kidd in Didy Veldman's The Happiness Project.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Umanoove / Didy Veldman – The Happiness Project – Bracknell

★★★✰✰   Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show – but they really need presenting in a less cryptic way than they are here. But do go to see great contemporary dancers and a great violinist strut their stuff and enjoy it for that…

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2016 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards,

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – London

★★★★✰ This is a bold project, crammed with incident and detail, and highly atmospheric.

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – Frome

Award winning Mark Bruce has just unveiled his latest work – The Odyssey – based on Homer’s epic poem. But circumstances around the premiere have put the company through their own testing odyssey, if we were tantalised and enthralled by what we saw…

Jonathan Goddard as Dracula.© Colin Hawkins. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – Dracula – London

This production, in this place, is about as good as it gets. If it doesn’t win a slew of awards for Mark Bruce and his team then I might just have to go walking around those East End Alleys in search of the vampire bride!

Merce Cunningham choreography performed by James Pett and Andrew Macleman of Richard Alston Dance Company as part of the Barbican exhibition: Dancing Around Duchamp: The Bride and the Bachelors.© Sidd Khajuria 2013. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Cunningham at The Bride & the Bachelors – London

A lasting impression of the performance was, as ever, the range of Cunningham’s vocabulary, from shape-making to intricate steps, leaps, spins and lifts, constantly surprising.

Pierre Tapon, Nancy Nerantzi and Anelli Binder in Buzzing Round the Hunisuccle.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Buzzing Round the Hunisuccle premiere and bill – London

Alston’s response to music is scrupulous, but Kondo’s percussive clatters, not dissimilar to John Cage’s prepared-piano poundings, takes some getting used to – for audiences, as for dancers.

2012 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the winners of the 13th National Dance Awards at The Place on 28th January 2013.

2012 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards at a reception held at The Place on 9th November 2012. The winners will be announced 28th January 2013.

bgroup's A Short Lived Alteration of an Existing Situation - voted very highly by the audience but didn't make it through to finals.© Ben Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Place Prize for Dance – Semi-Finals with 16 works – London

Nothing in contemporary dance is more guaranteed to provoke controversy than the Place Prize, now returning for its fifth edition, organised by the excellent team at The Place…

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