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Isaac Hernandez, Shiori Kase, Joseph Caley & ENB artists in Harold Lander's Etudes.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – 70th Anniversary Gala – London

★★★★✰   For those of us that have been involved with the company, no matter how small a part, it is clear that the ‘happy family’ that is English National Ballet, reveres and appreciates all who have been part of its 70 year existence.

Natalia Osipova and Gary Avis in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Yijing Zhang as the Snow Fairy and Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★★✰   In spite of all the problems with performing a proscenium arch ballet in an arena setting with a purpose-built stage, it is no less magical than any other production and in some ways, it works advantageously.

San Francisco Ballet in London: Jennifer Stahl in Snowblind by Cathy Marston. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Some Memorable Performances of 2019 – London

Lynette Halewood with some reflections on London dance performances over the last year – the good and the less good…

Faith Prendergast in The Little Prince.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein – The Little Prince – London

★★★★✰   Silvestrini has fashioned a striking theatrical experience in perfect harmony with this timeless story, capped by a triumphal performance in the title role.

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© 2016 Cesare De Giglio. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

★★★★★   Think comic opera meets dance theatre, with choreography so animated there’s no translation needed.

Ashley Shaw and Adam Cooper in The Red Shoes.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – London

★★★★★   …this revival of The Red Shoes, coming with a number of tweaks, appears even tighter and slicker than the original.

English National Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   Having premiered in 2010, it is now two years’ past the median lifespan of an ENB Nutcracker and – despite many attributes – the show has reached its sell-by date.

Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome in Heavy handed, we crush the moment.© Maurizio Martorana, Jamila Johnson-Small. (Click image for larger version)

Jamila Johnson-Small and guests – Heavy Handed We Crush the Moment – London

Heavy Handed We Crush the Moment, an immersive performance is fittingly programmed late at the Barbican Pit. It’s a relaxed and fluid set-up with dim lighting, a DJ’s deck and sculpted podiums on which the audience can sit.

Edward Watson and Olga Smirnova in McGregor + Mugler.© Sasha Gusov. (Click image for larger version)

MuzArts – Radio & Juliet, Faun, McGregor + Mugler – London

★★✰✰✰   There was certainly some spectacle and some good dancing, and not just from the big stars. However, the most heavily promoted piece and world premiere was an excruciating fifteen minutes of disappointment…

Svetlana Zakharova in Gabrielle Chanel.© Jack Devant. (Click image for larger version)

Svetlana Zakharova – Modanse: Gabrielle Chanel, Come un Respiro – London

★★★✰✰   Stunning images of Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Zakahrova dressed as Coco Chanel whetted the appetite for the London Premiere of her latest how, Modanse.

Pierre Tappon, Nancy Nerantzi, Liam Riddick and Nathan Goodman in Isthmus.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home – London

★★★★✰   Richard Alston’s title for his company’s last tour before it closes in 2020 is Final Edition. The autumn run ended with four performances at The Place, in a programme aptly called Alston At Home.

Madhavi Mudgal's Vistar.© Rehmat Rayatt. (Click image for larger version)

Madhavi Mudgal – Vistar – London

★★★✰✰   There is a mannered and refined gentility in the movement style; bodies and arms beautifully shaped with the eloquent symmetry of body bends…

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in Coppélia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Coppélia – London

★★★★✰   The dancing is so enjoyable, the comedy so appealing, that any flaws in the story telling are easily overlooked.

Mavin Khoo & Temple of Fine Arts publicity image.© and courtesy Sadler’s Wells. (Click image for larger version)

Mavin Khoo & Temple of Fine Arts – unnamed dance inspired by the Ramayana – London

★★★✰✰   Mavin Khoo doesn’t appear on stage here: the work has been made on dancers from the Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance, based in Malaysia.

Francesca Hayward in Coppélia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in a scene from the Royal Ballet’s Coppélia

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza in Rooster.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Evolution: Rooster, Faun, Satori & Paysage, Soudain, la nuit – London

★★★★✰   It’s thrilling to see the building confidence of Carlos Acosta’s Cuban-based dance company. There’s a sense of cohesion, shared purpose and a unique identity drawn from a vibrant range of influences.

Ballet du Rhin in Les Beaux Dormants.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet du Rhin in Les Beaux Dormants

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Joseph Toonga in Born To Manifest.© The Other Richard. (Click image for larger version)

Just Us Dance Theatre / Joseph Toonga – Born To Manifest – London

★★★★✰   This is a thoughtful and nuanced depiction of how complex and fraught identity can be in Britain today, put across with meaty, muscular force by two charismatic performers.

Tom Dale Company in Step Sonic.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Tom Dale Company – Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge – London

Tom Dale Company Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge ★★★✰✰ London, The Place 14 November 2019 tomdale.org.uk www.theplace.org.uk This two-part programme of work in progress further enhances Tom Dale’s reputation as a…

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