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Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Christopher Wheeldon, Classical Choreography winner.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2013

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ed Pearce of BalletBoyz The Talent 2013.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz: The Talent 2013 – Serpent, Fallen – London

…very definitely worth catching for an energetic and engrossing evening of dance.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Edwaard Liang's Finding Light.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Liang / Maliphant / Wheeldon – An evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan – London

No sets – just glorious lighting designs playing essential roles in the performances.

Unknown dancers in unknown piece from the 2013 bill Still / Current (also known as Still Current).© Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Still Current bill – London

Still / Current is a marvellously evocative title for Maliphant’s work, capturing the mercurially elusive quality of his choreography and his own dancing. And the good news is that Maliphant is back on stage…

Akram Khan in Desh.© Richard Haughton. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan – Desh – London

The excellence of this work comes not just with Khan’s own enormous creativity and his tour-de-force performance but in the seamless integration of the inputs of his collaborative team…

BalletBoyz The Talent 2013 perform Russell Maliphant’s Fallen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz: The Talent 2013 – Serpent, Fallen – London

Fallen, an exhilarating closer of the double bill, presents the company at its heart-stopping best.

Russell Maliphant's The Rodin Project.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant – The Rodin Project – New York

More than sculpture, the choreography reminded me of exhibitions of body-building.

Russell Maliphant's The Rodin Project.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant – The Rodin Project – London

The Rodin Project suffers from the same structural problems as Maliphant’s expanded Afterlight. He’s poured his and his dancers’ creative energies into a superb solo or duet. Then…

Sadler’s Wells – Spring / Summer 2013 Programming

It’s the name of the game that one does not necessarily appreciate all plans (or indeed how they crystallise out in practice) but I have to say that Sadler’s Wells set a benchmark re new work/experiences and for where you want a progressive art to be.

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…

Evelyn Glennie, surrounded by Marc Brew Company, in Fusional Fragments costumes.© Irven Lewis. (Click image for larger version)

Marc Brew Company and Evelyn Glennie – Fusional Fragments – London

I’m not sure if this collaboration pushed borders or changed my mind on disability but what I do know is that it was a fine piece of work and I’m very glad I saw it.

Dane Hurst in L'après-midi d'un faune. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – What Wild Ecstasy, SUB, Faun, Art of Touch – London

Rambert… offers a mix of new commissions with rarely-seen work from their archives. Some items had much more impact than others, though not necessarily the ones you might imagine from the programme.

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse. © Dave Morgan.

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion – London

After all the fuss about Sergei Polunin abruptly leaving the Royal Ballet, guess who stole the Men in Motion show? Daniel Proietto, in the AfterLight solo Russell Maliphant made for him in 2010. Admittedly, you could read the 15-minute solo as a warning of the fate awaiting a troubled dancer deprived of the support of a company of colleagues

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