"London" tag
Forced Entertainment in Out of Order.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – Out of Order – London

★★★✰✰   A devised work, it pits six clowns against each other – a rancorous superannuated troupe locked in a queasy co-dependent relationship despite the fact they loathe each other.

Ashley McLellan and Lilian Steiner in Lucy Guerin's Split.© Gregory Lorenzutti. (Click image for larger version)

Lucy Guerin – Split – London

★★★★✰   Fascinating for the duration of its 50 mins, Split focusses on duality – charting the shifts between Ashley McLellan and Lilian Steiner as they negotiate their space, timing, movement and relationship.

John Scott & Sam Finnegan in Hard to Be Soft.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Oona Doherty – Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer – London

★★★★★   The dance artist Oona Doherty was transplanted to Belfast from London aged ten, and there was the gaze of a curious outsider about Hard to Be Soft.

Everyone Keeps Me by Pam Tanowitz: Fumi Kaneko, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Hannah Grennell and Beatriz Stix-Brunell.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Merce Cunningham celebration: Cross Currents, Monotones II, Everyone Keeps Me – London

★★★★★   Quite some achievement by Pam Tanowitz, to have followed treasured works by Cunningham and Ashton with one that pays homage to both, yet stands on its own as her distinctive tapestry of dance.

Kwame Asafo-Adjei’s Family Honour.© Gomez Villamor. (Click image for larger version)

Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded – London

★★✰✰✰   Seven international companies appeared on the Sadler’s Wells main stage, all of whom are prize winners of the bi-annual international competition Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded – the brain wave of Boris Charmatz and director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota…

Gisele Vienne's Crowd.© Estelle Hanania. (Click image for larger version)

Gisele Vienne – Crowd – London

★★★★✰   You have to marvel at the skill and precision of the 15 dancers in Crowd, the creation of the Franco-Austrian choreographer Gisele Vienne and the opening show of this year’s Dance Umbrella festival.

Alister O’Loughlin in Zoo Humans.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Urban Playground Team in Zoo Humans (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Cross Currants by Merce Cunningham: Mayara Magri, Matthew Ball and Francesca Hayward.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet Merce Cunningham celebration – works by Cunningham, Ashton and Pam Tanowitz

Featuring works by Merce Cunningham, Frederick Ashton and Pam Tanowitz. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Dada Masilo in Giselle.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Dada Masilo – Giselle – London

★★★★✰   Masilo and company unpack this famous story of a wronged woman, establishing a refreshingly black, South African and feminist perspective.

Publicity image for Gary Clarke Company in Wasteland.© Joe Armitage. (Click image for larger version)

Gary Clarke Company – Wasteland – London

★★★✰✰   Clarke doesn’t pull any punches with his ending …once again, a community is left defiant but defeated.

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Manon.© Alice Pennefather, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Manon – London

★★★★✰   Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, as Des Grieux, are not new to the roles and their understanding of the characters and the choreography has deepened with experience.

Ballet Preljocaj in La Fresque.© Jean-Claude Carbonne. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Preljocaj – La Fresque – London

★★★✰✰   The key to La Fresque (The Wall Painting) is that it was originally commissioned in France as a piece to be seen by young people. Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, it’s based on a 14th century Chinese fable…

Sonia Sabri in Spill.© Simon Richardson. (Click image for larger version)

Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Sonia Sabri and Mayuri Boonham – Descendants bill – London

★★★★✰   As in all three pieces, these female artists and choreographers are formidable figures, descendants of dance pioneers from the Indian sub-continent.

Yaman Okur & Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven's 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol.© Guillaume Rabgui. (Click image for larger version)

Breakin’ Convention: Yaman Okur & Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven – 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol – London

★★★✰✰   Okur’s style of movement is highly distinctive – as if locking and popping have had the jerkiness removed and replaced with something altogether more silky.

Impermanence in Baal.© Aaron Davies. (Click image for larger version)

Impermanence – Baal – London

★★★✰✰   Baal conveys a convincing Brechtian essence framed through a contemporary gaze. It’s an intriguing work that celebrates the company’s wild creativity…

Mikiel Donovan and Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy in REDD.© Carl Fox. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – Redd – London

★★★✰✰   Redd is another bold exploration of the storytelling potential of hip-hop dance, which succeeds in showing that beyond the crowd-pleasing tricks, this form can mine powerful, complex, gutsy emotions.

Fame the Musical.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Fame the Musical – London

★★★★✰   With a strong and familiar story, an excellent songbook, well performed, and a pacy theatrical momentum, it is highly recommended.

English National Ballet in Giselle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   Everything about this production is topical, very real and will probably be so for many years to come. Absolutely five stars to the company…

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.

Tamara Rojo in Giselle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Akram Khan’s Giselle

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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