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2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – The Car Man – London

It is almost eight years to the day since The Car Man was last revived at Sadler’s Wells (having premiered in 2000) and it seems even better than I recall…

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

Pictures of 3 casts by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Marcelo Gomes.© and click image for larger version

Marcelo Gomes – Principal Dancer and Choreographer, on London’s Ardani Gala and The Car Man

Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theatre’s much-admired star is about to be busy on other things and in London too. He’ll be staring in The Car Men but first we see him dance in his own choreography at the Ardani Gala 17/18 July. 5 Questions to him…

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Edward Scissorhands – London

Though it has a downbeat ending, Bourne raises audiences’ spirits with cheerily choreographed curtain calls, a heavenly chorale and drifting snowflakes.

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler's Lord of the Flies.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures and Re:Bourne – Lord of the Flies – London

As a dance outreach project, Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies is a rather marvellous thing…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

Jonathan Olliver in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)(Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Swan Lake – Edinburgh

Almost 20 years since it first premiered, Matthew Bourne’s sharp, satirical and exquisitely beautiful Swan Lake feels as up to the minute as if it were choreographed last week.

Jonathan Ollivier and Madelaine Brennan (the Queen) in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Swan Lake – London

I’m not ashamed to admit to a tear in my eye at the final curtain…

Jonathan Ollivier in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Matthew Bourne / New Adventures in Swan Lake

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Poster image for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.© Image by Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – Washington

Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling …the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.

Hannah Vassallo as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – New York

For all Bourne’s imagination, his version makes even less sense than the original.

Lord Of The Flies poster image.© New Adventures.

LORD OF THE FLIES – A new show from New Adventures and Re:Bourne

New Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce a national tour of a thrilling new production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler…

Thomas Edwards and Bethany Pike in Mapping #3.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2013 Tour with Bhuller, Marney, Gable and others – London

While I wasn’t wowed by the closer, as I left I couldn’t stop talking about the Bhuller and Gable and wishing to see major companies put them both on in full. That and the usual thought: Another year, another fine night from Ballet Central – well done all.

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.

Hannah Vassallo as Aurora in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

He knows he can’t surpass Petipa (or Ivanov for ‘Swan Lake’) – but he can tweak their scenarios into something uniquely his own. And he’s magnificently served by a cast of just 17, capable of switching roles at the twitch of a fairy’s wing.

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.

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.

Belinda Lee Chapman and Richard Winsor in Play Without Words.© Sheila Burnett. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – Play Without Words – London

It is a fabulous evening, funny, sexy and as fast paced as a thriller. This is Bourne’s finest and most inventive work.

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