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Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri in Within the Golden Hour.© Ruairi Watson, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Opera House/Royal Ballet – Live from Covent Garden: Third Concert (27 June)

★★★★✰   The singers had the lions’ share of the concert, with just two pas de deux by Royal Ballet couples, Matthew Ball and Mayara Magri, Reece Clarke and Fumi Kaneko.

Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for Dance of the Blessed Spirits.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Opera House/Royal Ballet – Live from Covent Garden: Second Concert (20 June)

★★★★★   Though the concert was a treat, could the Royal Opera House please try raising our spirits in future streamings, and give the Royal Ballet the prominence it deserves.

Vadim Muntagirov.© and courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Vadim Muntagirov on life under lockdown and dancing at the ROH again, to be seen this Saturday

The Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov talks about making the most of lockdown and getting ready to dance again for the Royal Opera House’s Live from Covent Garden transmission on Saturday night (20 June 2020), where he is dancing Ashton’s seldom-seen “Dance of the Blessed Spirits”…

Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales in Morgen.© Lara Cappelli, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Opera House/Royal Ballet – Live from Covent Garden: First Concert

★★★✰✰   The first concert was not much of a consolation for all that we have lost. So far, the Royal Ballet appears a token add-on to the opera’s contributions…

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in The Cellist.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Cellist – streamed recording

★★★★✰   Cathy Marston has achieved much in bringing the life of Jacqueline du Pré to the ballet stage and perhaps one of the things that becomes even clearer with repeated viewings, is that the music and the dance are inextricably linked.

George Baan, Zhao Zhibo, JiaoLong Ma and Chloe Hillyar in LIMBO 无间.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Avatâra Ayuso & Zhao Zhibo’s LIMBO 无间

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jonzi D in Aeroplane Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

SystemsLAB mixed bill, curated by Freddie Opoku-Addaie – London

★★★✰✰   Featuring works by Jonzi D, Theo Inart, Becky Namgauds and the due of Ffion Campbell-Davies and tyroneisaacstuart.

2Faced Dance Company's promotional image for the EVERYTHING [But the Girl] triple bill.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

2Faced Dance Company – EVERYTHING [But the Girl] triple bill – London

★★★✰✰   This triple bill marks 2Faced Dance Company’s 20th anniversary. EVERYTHING [but the girl], presents two new pieces alongside a reworked number from 2011…

Radical dance course poster, 1976, X6 Dance Space.© Rob Harris, courtesy Cell Project Space. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes – London

‘X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes’ is a well overdue exhibition profiling the groundbreaking work of the radical 1970’s dance collective, X6. The group of revolutionary dance practitioners sought dance liberation through redefining the body in dance while documenting that process through writing a magazine…

Harriet Waghorn and Carmine De Amicis in Salomé.© Mark Lamb. (Click image for larger version)

EDIFICE Dance Theatre – Salomé – London

★★★✰✰   This inventive dance theatre summarises Oscar Wilde’s one-act play, which relates the Biblical story of Salomé and her unrequited feelings for Jokanaan…

Richard Alston Dance Company in Voices and Light Footsteps.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Final Edition – London

★★★★✰   8th March at Sadler’s Wells was the last time we were able to see Richard Alston’s work performed by his own company of dancers. Jann Parry with a full and perceptive review of Alston’s latest work and last company show.

Dane Hurst and Eleanor Duval in Return to Heaven.© Mark Bruce. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – Return to Heaven – London

★★★✰✰   Trying to understand a holistic approach to the narrative was like compiling a jigsaw where some of the pieces are missing and others don’t fit.

Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov in Swan Lake.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov’s account of Swan Lake is spellbinding… if Scarlett’s revision of the 1895 scenario makes even less sense than the original.

Rena Narumi and Jermaine Spivey in Revisor.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Crystal Pite, Jonathan Young, Kidd Pivot – Revisor – London

★★★★✰   Revisor is a strange and complicated piece of dance theatre. Watching it requires peeling away the many layers that constitute the work and it feels like trying to find someone hidden under many different disguises.

Kloé Dean in Man Up.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Linda Hayford and Kloé Dean – AlShe/Me and Man Up Aerowaves 2 bill – London

★★★★✰   Family ties were explored in two markedly different ways in this hip hop dance double bill.

Solène Weinachter for Scottish Dance Theatre in Antigone, Interrupted.© Maria Falconer. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre presents Joan Clevillé – Antigone, Interrupted – London

★★★★✰   Joan Clevillé’s direction deserves much praise. A solo show for more than an hour on such an esoteric subject is a difficult framework to sustain and Clevillé’s structure is expertly paced with quick transitions and surprising interludes.

Dust by Lin Hwai-min.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – 13 Tongues & Dust – London

★★★★✰   Although starkly different in theme and intention, both 13 Tongues and Dust showcased the company’s unique blend of movement, drawn from classical and modern traditions…

Viviana Durante Company in Unda.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Isadora Now triple bill – London

★★★★✰   Isadora Duncan’s spirit has been honoured, even if the impact of her presence remains elusive.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in 13 Tongues, by Cheng Tsung-lung.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 13 Tongues & Dust

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Alina Cojocaru in Marguerite and Armand publicity image.© Moran Norman. (Click image for larger version)

Alina Cojocaru – Alina at Sadler’s Wells – London

★★★★✰   Alina Cojocaru’s choice of works for her brief season at Sadler’s Wells provided an insight into her priorities as she reflected on her career: live music-making and dance-making that has something to say.

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