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Cordelia Braithwaite and Paris Fitzpatrick in Romeo and Juliet.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – London

★★★✰✰   Our setting is the Verona Institute in the near future. Here disturbed young people have been locked up for an opaque purpose under the eye of a sadistic jailer… A traumatised Juliet meets a troubled Romeo, and it ends as badly as you might expect.

Olga Pericet.© Paco Villalta. (Click image for larger version)

Olga Pericet – The Thorn That Wanted to Be a Flower, or The Flower That Dreamed of Being a Dancer – London

★★★★★   The Cordoban star Olga Pericet’s poetically titled show revealed, wonderfully, a personality too big for flamenco to hold.

The 2019 Gala Flamenca.© Juan Conca/David Mudarra. (Click image for larger version)

Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerrero and María Moreno – Gala Flamenca – London

★★★★★   As the gala’s artistic director, Liñán brought together four great talents (three dancers and a singer), backed up by an outstanding group of musicians…

Rocio Molina in Fallen From Heaven.© Simone Fratini. (Click image for larger version)

Rocío Molina – Fallen From Heaven – London

★★★★✰   Fallen From Heaven (Caido del Cielo) is referenced as the celebration of being a woman, and it is certainly all about one woman.

Sara Baras.© Santana de Yepes. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras – Sombras – London

★★★★★   Baras’s improvisations were not outpourings of emotion, but concentrated bursts of pure skill, passionately channelled.

Samara Downs and Lachlan Monaghan in Hobson’s Choice.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Hobson’s Choice – London

★★★★✰   Big-hearted, whimsical, suffused with equal parts romance and drollness, Hobson’s Choice is a gem of the BRB repertoire – long may it keep being revived.

Céline Gittens and Brandon Lawrence in Sense of Time.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – [Un]leashed: Lyric Pieces, Sense of Time, Peter and the Wolf – London

★★★✰✰   Overall, invigorating; a demonstration of the company’s healthy enthusiasm for innovation and playing with the form…

Dancers Maria Bruguet González, Esme Calcutt, Tuva Svendsen and Isabella Zych-Watson in Ashley Page's Meadowdown.© Alex Fine. (Click image for larger version)

Images Ballet Company – Interplay, Mirrors, On Lineage, Meadowdown – London

★★★✰✰   Images has done an excellent job of commissioning appropriate, innovative choreographers, allowing the company to exceed their expectations…

Company of Elders at the 2019 Elixir Extracts Festival.© Ellie Kurttz. (Click image for larger version)

Company of Elders – Dare I Speak, Natural 2019 – London

★★★★✰   Over the years that I’ve seen them, this extraordinary company of quirky individuals have become more adventurous about what they perform and flexible in how they perform…

San Francisco Ballet in Anima Animus by David Dawson.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To, Anima Animus – London

★★★★✰   It’s been a treat to see so much new work made specifically for a company. The dancers are free, unburdened by the weight of history and expectation, with no comparisons to be made to famous past performers or interpretations. It’s all theirs.

Benjamin Freemantle in Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem by Trey McIntyre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem and Anima Animus

Works by Trey McIntyre and David Dawson. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alina Cojocaru in Cinderella.© Ian Gavan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★★✰   A spectacular show, full of colour, humour and romance…

Sasha De Sola and Angelo Greco in Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Bespoke, Hummingbird and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – London

★★★★✰   the overall impression was of the wholly American spirit of the company – peppy, vivacious, determined and running at full-tilt.

Carmela Mayo in Björk Ballet by Arthur Pita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – The Infinite Ocean, Snowblind, Björk Ballet – London

★★★★✰   Ballet companies across the globe are in a new age of commissioning …but none can match the pioneering zeal of this, the oldest American ballet company.

Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets in The Infinite Ocean by Edwaard Liang.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in The Infinite Ocean, Snowblind and Björk Ballet

Works by Edwaard Liang, Cathy Marston and Arthur Pita. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Mathilde Froustey, Ulrik Birkkjaer, Yuan Yuan Tan and Sasha De Sola in Chamber Symphony.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy – London

★★★★✰   A gleaming triptych of imaginative and remarkably demanding choreography. The production is textured in every aspect, plumbing deep wells of emotion and revelling in a multiplicity of tones, tempers and movement styles.

San Francisco Ballet in Piano Concerto #1.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy

Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy comprises Symphony #9, Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto #1. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

TAO Dance Theater in 9.© Fan Xi. (Click image for larger version)

TAO Dance Theater – 4 & 9 – London

★★★★✰   There is something verging on the mystical about Tao Ye’s rigorously minimalist dance creations. The Beijing-based choreographer’s Numerical Series has stripped back dance to an almost forensic study…

Rambert in Marion Motin's Rouge.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – PreSentient, Rouge, In Your Rooms – London

★★★✰✰   The bill is a bold statement of intent – but a little underwhelming in reality.

Yang Liping's Rite of Spring.© Li Yijan. (Click image for larger version)

Yang Liping – Rite of Spring – London

★★★✰✰   As with most retellings, Liping’s centres on a young woman destined to dance herself to death. However, the dancemaker has invoked Buddhist principles, including the concept of reincarnation…

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