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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Since She.© Julian Mommert. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Since She – London

★★★★✰   Papaioannou weaves in many references to Bausch’s work and deliberately asks us to find them, the work is fuelled by his love for her. But he also invites us to move on from the nostalgia trip.

Rambert2: Salome Pressac in Killer Pig.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled, 2019 – London

★★★✰✰   Once a year Sadler’s Wells puts on Sampled, a pick and mix of the types of dance you might see at the venue. The front stalls seats are taken out, and standing in that area is only a fiver, with cheap tickets in general.

Mavin Khoo in an Odissi Solo to live music.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2019

Foteini Christofilopoulou photographs Sadler’s Wells Sampled – featuring Uchenna Dance, Mavin Khoo, Semperoper Ballett, Rambert2, Patricia Guerrero and BirdGang.

Spring by Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley – Spring – London

★★★✰✰   Choreographed juggling is by definition a one-trick pony although in the hands of Gandini Juggling, inspired by the imaginative choreography of Alexander Whitley, the potential of that artform appears limitless.

Thomas Bieszka in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2018 – London

Semperoper Ballett Dresden were another new visitor in the summer, with a programme of Forsythe works, some not seen here before. But Forsythe is a theme this year in himself.

Momoko Hirata and César Morales in The Nutcracker.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Autumn delights: La fille mal gardée & The Nutcracker – London & Birmingham

★★★★✰   I look forward to the changes inevitably coming to BRB, but I can’t believe any new director will turn their back on such repertoire gems as La fille mal gardee and their Peter Wright Nutcracker.

Matthew Ball in Swan Lake.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   Matthew Bourne has reworked his famous “Swan Lake” and it’s now touring. Graham Watts wrestles with iconic and uber definitions in a long look at a much-loved work.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Noetic.© Mats Backer. (Click image for larger version)

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley – Noetic – London

★★★★✰   Noetic was created in 2014 for the company by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui working with his frequent collaborator sculptor Antony Gormley.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley's Icon.© Mats Backer. (Click image for larger version)

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley – Icon – London

★★★★✰   Sidi Larbi Cherkaouis’s work is full of surprises. Icon, first premiered in 2016 is another fruitful collaboration between Anthony Gormley and Cherkaoui in which clay moulds both the theme and the dancers.

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in Dystopian Dream.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Nitin Sawhney / Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang — Dystopian Dream – London

★★✰✰✰   According to a programme note by the Wang Ramirez duo, they have turned Sawhney’s album into ‘a fully choreographed show. What will be shown on stage is the result of our interpretation of what has been discussed, researched, felt and exchanged during our meetings.’

Mavin Khoo in Man to Monk: Part 1, Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mavin Khoo’s Man to Monk: Part 1, Man

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sujata Mohapatra.© Rehmat Rayatt. (Click image for larger version)

Sujata Mohapatraa and Gauri Diwakar at Darbar 2018 – Adventures in Odissi and Kathak – London

★★★★✰   The evening allowed us to observe the differences between the expressive delicacy of the Odissi storytelling and the more expansive and speedy space-devouring moves of Kathak. Each had its distinct flavour with different qualities to enjoy.

Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble: Layla and Majnun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble – Layla and Majnun – London

★★★✰✰   Mark Morris’s Layla and Majnun is a music concert with dancing, lamenting a love that cannot be. It’s an age-old story, spread across continents and centuries.

Nicole Sabella in Layla and Majnun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mark Morris Dance Group / Silkroad Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Photographed by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aishwarya Raut and Conor Kerrigan in E2 7SD by Rafael Bonachela.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert2 + Rambert – Grey Matter, E2 7SD, Killer Pig, Ghost Dances – London

★★★★✰   Rambert’s latest programme is a night of hellos and goodbyes, marking the debut of the company’s new standalone junior faction, Rambert2, as well the final performance of a repertory favourite, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.

#JeSuis by Aakash Odedra Company.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aakash Odedra Company in #JeSuis

Photographed at Sadler’s Wells by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Matthias Sperling, Now That We Know.© Artwork - Victoria Ford. Image - Wellcome Trust Images. (Click image for larger version)

Matthias Sperling – Now That We Know – London

★★✰✰✰   Matthias Sperling’s Now That We Know explores a long-running preoccupation of dancemakers and academics alike: how performance invokes and reflects the mind-body connection.

Meshach Henry, Imogen Alvares, Conor Kerrigan, Antonello Sangirardi and Darlyn Perez in Killer Pig by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert2 in E2 7SD, Killer Pig, Grey Matter

Works by Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela and Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar, photographed by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Delia Mathews and artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Ignite.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Fire and Fury: The King Dances, Ignite – London

★★★✰✰   David Bintley, who steps down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet at the end of the 2018/2019 season, describes the current double bill as ‘two ballets fuelled by power and politics’.

Jasmin Vardimon's Medusa.© Simon Clark, graphic design Raanan Gabriel. (Click image for larger version)

Jasmin Vardimon Company – Medusa – London

★★★✰✰   Jasmin Vardimon’s latest work uses mythology to make a powerful point about gender issues in the present day with an overt relevance to the #MeToo movement.

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