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Natalia Osipova in The Mother.© Kenny Mathieson. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita, Natalia Osipova and Jonathan Goddard – The Mother – London

★★★★✰   The Mother takes already dark source material (a Hans Christian Andersen tale) and plunges even deeper into the nightmare scenario it proposes, giving everything a convincing Russian twist along the way.

Deborah Colker Dance Company in Dog Without Feathers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Deborah Colker Dance Company in Dog Without Feathers

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Deborah-Colker's Dog Without Feathers.© Pete Woodhead. (Click image for larger version)

Deborah Colker Dance Company – Dog Without Feathers – London

★★★✰✰   It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the filmed sequences – which means the live dance element rather loses out.

Clod Ensemble in On The High Road.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – On The High Road – London

★★★✰✰   This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. A frightful storm from which sundry strangers take refuge to spend the night in an isolated place provides the essence of On The High Road…

Ultima Vez in Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Ultima Vez – Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour – London

★★✰✰✰   Ultima Vez’s latest show, a devised piece of dance-theatre that tries to explore the nature of faith and religion, …ends up about as awkward and unwieldy as its title.

Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Rosie Kay’s MK Ultra is an ambitious project which tackles complex thematic sources – conspiracy theories, brain washing and mind-control, not to mention myths about secret societies such as the Illuminati…

Jennifer France and National Dance Company Wales dancers in Pascal Dusapin's Passion.© Clive Barda. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales/Music Theatre Wales – Pascal Dusapin’s Passion – London

★★★★✰   Pascal Dusapin’s dance opera Passion is a minimalist affair. There are no ornate sets or costumes, no crowds of characters or elaborate plotlines to consume them. Instead we’re presented with a snapshot of two anonymous lovers…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa in Play.© Koen Broos. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa – Play – London

★★✰✰✰   Cherkaoui looks older than his years, so much so that his relationship in Play with Shivalingappa risks being unsettling. As dancers, they are no longer equals, as they must have been in 2008.

Promotional image for Malavika Sarukkai's Thari - The Loom.© Shalini Jain. (Click image for larger version)

Malavika Sarukkai – Thari, The Loom – London

★★★✰✰   The inspiration for bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai to create her group work Thari – The Loom came from the hand weavers of Kanchipuram in India and the elaborately patterned saris that they produce.

From 1998, Motionhouse in Faking It.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Motionhouse at 30

Motionhouse are celebrating their 30th anniversary and we thought it would be terrific to review and toast their success with some great pictures taken over those 30 years.

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Akram Khan Company in Kaash.© Louis Fernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – Kaash – London

★★★★✰ Even without Khan’s charismatic presence Kaash is a fiercely physical and engrossing hour in the theatre…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Seeta Patel.© Arnhel de Serra. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Margam: A Classical Dance Recital – London

This programme is a satisfying synthesis of classical music and dance from southern India, all from performers based in the UK.

Sasha Waltz & Guests in d'avant.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Waltz & Guests – d’avant – London

…d’avant is the collaborative work of four dancers-singers-creators: Sidi Larbi Charkaoui, Damien Jalet, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola. Waltz herself is not credited in the programme…

Anthony Missen in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty of the Beast – London

Beauty of the Beast – surely a contender for cleverest title of the year – is a fascinating study of how male behaviour evolves through the processes of their interaction.

Jinhao Zhang in The Dying Swan.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2015

Like ENB at large, the eight finalists for 2015 are a noticeably international bunch, representing Germany, America, Ukraine, Brazil, China and the UK between them.

Jinhao Zhang and Isabelle Brouwers in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Clemmie Sveaas and Renaud Wiser in Please Be Seated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Movement Collective – Please Be Seated – London

All up NMC pulled another interesting night out the bag and easy to see why they have been nominated (as Best Independent Company) in this years National Dance Awards.

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