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San Francisco Ballet in London: Jennifer Stahl in Snowblind by Cathy Marston. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Some Memorable Performances of 2019 – London

Lynette Halewood with some reflections on London dance performances over the last year – the good and the less good…

Ashley Shaw and Adam Cooper in The Red Shoes.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – London

★★★★★   …this revival of The Red Shoes, coming with a number of tweaks, appears even tighter and slicker than the original.

Pierre Tappon, Nancy Nerantzi, Liam Riddick and Nathan Goodman in Isthmus.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home – London

★★★★✰   Richard Alston’s title for his company’s last tour before it closes in 2020 is Final Edition. The autumn run ended with four performances at The Place, in a programme aptly called Alston At Home.

Madhavi Mudgal's Vistar.© Rehmat Rayatt. (Click image for larger version)

Madhavi Mudgal – Vistar – London

★★★✰✰   There is a mannered and refined gentility in the movement style; bodies and arms beautifully shaped with the eloquent symmetry of body bends…

Mavin Khoo & Temple of Fine Arts publicity image.© and courtesy Sadler’s Wells. (Click image for larger version)

Mavin Khoo & Temple of Fine Arts – unnamed dance inspired by the Ramayana – London

★★★✰✰   Mavin Khoo doesn’t appear on stage here: the work has been made on dancers from the Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance, based in Malaysia.

Carlos Acosta and Acosta Danza in Rooster.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Evolution: Rooster, Faun, Satori & Paysage, Soudain, la nuit – London

★★★★✰   It’s thrilling to see the building confidence of Carlos Acosta’s Cuban-based dance company. There’s a sense of cohesion, shared purpose and a unique identity drawn from a vibrant range of influences.

Tom Dale Company in Step Sonic.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Tom Dale Company – Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge – London

Tom Dale Company Step Sonic, Resonance of Air, Escape, Surge ★★★✰✰ London, The Place 14 November 2019 tomdale.org.uk www.theplace.org.uk This two-part programme of work in progress further enhances Tom Dale’s reputation as a…

Ace Dance and Music - Skin Reimagined publicity image.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

ACE Dance and Music – Skin Reimagined: Blind Trip, Letlalo – London

★★✰✰✰   Blind Trip was longer than it deserved to be and mixed too many ideas to be compact and coherent, while Letlalo left me wanting more of the performance on stage but less of the filming going on beside me.

Byron Tittle and Michelle Dorrance in Myelination.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One – London

★★★★✰   Dorrance Dance boast crisp technique and a sharp-witted approach that catapults tap way beyond its show-biz associations.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome's Inchoate Buzz.© Ayka Lux. (Click image for larger version)

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card series: Inchoate Buzz – London

★★★✰✰   Fernanda Munoz-Newsome’s unconventional set up in the Lilian Baylis transformed the studio into part nightclub-chill-out lounge, part sensual art installation and featured a line-up of intriguing guest artists.

Emanuel Gat Dance in WORKS.© Julia Gat. (Click image for larger version)

Emanuel Gat Dance – WORKS – London

★★✰✰✰   There are six distinct works that, taped together, form WORKS… It adds up to a beguiling, albeit uneven and often inaccessible, 70-something minutes of dance.

Dorrance Dance in Myelination.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dorrance Dance in Myelination

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rambert Event - Miguel Altunaga.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rambert Merce Cunningham Event – London

★★★★✰   As part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial celebrations, Rambert dance company took over all four floors of Sadler’s Wells before the on-stage performance of this year’s Event.

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, dating back to 2006, is a homage to Ninette de Valois and her faith that Marius Petipa’s Imperial Russian ballet should be the flagship of her British company.

Rambert2 in Andrea Miller's Sama.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert2 – Terms and Conditions, Sin, Sama – London

★★★✰✰   Absolutely first rate dancing with rather mixed choreography…

Momoko Hirata, Cesar Morales and Marion Tait in Giselle.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰   …exemplary performances from Momoko Hirata as Giselle and César Morales as Albrecht make for a richly rewarding and moving experience.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November with Jose Alves in Cathy Marston's The Suit.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet & Ballet Black – A Brief Nostalgia, The Suit, Nine Sinatra Songs – London

Birmingham Royal Ballet ★★★✰✰ & Ballet Black ★★★★★   The Suit rewards multiple viewings and it thoroughly merited the opportunity of the bigger platform…

CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

CCN Ballet de Lorraine and Compagnie Amala Dianor – The Future Bursts In bill – London

★★★★✰   The title of the latest triple bill in the Linbury studio theatre is taken from The Observer’s dance critic’s review of the Merce Cunningham Company’s arrival in Britain in 1964.

Natalia Osipova and Jason Kittelberger in Six Years Later.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance bill – London

★★★✰✰   Once again, Osipova gave it her all – and Osipova’s all is quite something to behold.

Georgia Vardarou in her Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Georgia Vardarou’s Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019 – Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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