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Dane Hurst in Staging Schiele.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Staging Schiele – London

★★★★✰   Jeyasingh has directed a work in which all the elements integrate seamlessly to provide a satisfying, if fleeting, picture of a life.

Estela Merlos, Dane Hurst and Sunbee Han in Staging Schiele.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Staging Schiele

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Oona Doherty in Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus.© Simon Harrison. (Click image for larger version)

Oona Doherty – Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus – London

★★★★✰   A charismatic and compelling performance and a forensic examination of embattled masculinity, holding the attention throughout with unflagging energy.

Forced Entertainment in Out of Order.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – Out of Order – London

★★★✰✰   A devised work, it pits six clowns against each other – a rancorous superannuated troupe locked in a queasy co-dependent relationship despite the fact they loathe each other.

John Scott & Sam Finnegan in Hard to Be Soft.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Oona Doherty – Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer – London

★★★★★   The dance artist Oona Doherty was transplanted to Belfast from London aged ten, and there was the gaze of a curious outsider about Hard to Be Soft.

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft (part of Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sonia Sabri in Spill.© Simon Richardson. (Click image for larger version)

Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Sonia Sabri and Mayuri Boonham – Descendants bill – London

★★★★✰   As in all three pieces, these female artists and choreographers are formidable figures, descendants of dance pioneers from the Indian sub-continent.

Natalia Osipova in the film Force of Nature Natalia.© Justine Waddell, Asterisk Films. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova Film – A Force of Nature Natalia

★★★★★   This is a superbly made film… It draws a portrait of a supreme artist, a woman with exceptional humility, all sensitively handled with warmth and humour.

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

Gallery – Deborah Colker Dance Company in Dog Without Feathers

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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.

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa's Vessel.© Yoshikazu Inoue. (Click image for larger version)

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa – Vessel – London

★★★★✰   The tableaux recall Francis Bacon paintings – and Goya in his darkest moments.

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…

Wen Hui's Red.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Wen Hui – Red – London

★★★✰✰   It reminds you powerfully that the Chinese Cultural Revolution has a living legacy…

Ariel Fung of the House of Krip.© Fotocad. (Click image for larger version)

Voguing at the Southbank’s Ulimited festival – “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip”

Part lecture and panel discussion, part documentary screening and part performance “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip” was a good introduction to voguing culture, presented as part of the Southbank’s Unlimited festival and built around the deaf and disabled dancers that form the House of Krip.

Velvet Petal in creation.© Jack Wrigley. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre – Velvet Petal – London

★★★★✰   Velvet Petal is Darkin’s latest work for the company, created in 2017 after she read Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1970s.

Jean Abreu and Rita Carpinteiro in Solo for Two (at the Southbank Centre).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Jean Abreu Dance – An Other Solo for Two – London

★★★✰✰   Abreu is a remarkable performer, with a technique developed from forms of Brazilian dance and martial arts that enables him to sink into the floor and rise with resilience.

Jean Abreu and Rita Carpinteiro in Solo for Two.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Jean Abreu’s Solo for Two

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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.

Erna Ómarsdóttir.© Saga Sigurðardóttir. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Erna Ómarsdóttir, Iceland Dance Company director, about the company and their latest touring bill – Sacrifice

Iceland Dance Company are about to present the UK premiere of Sacrifice at London’s Royal Festival Hall – so an excellent time to catch up with Erna Ómarsdóttir, their choreographing director…

Viviana Durante.© David Scheinmann, courtesy Viviana Durante. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Viviana Durante: Ballerina, mother, teacher and coach of MacMillan’s Anastasia

One of the leading interpreters of Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballets Viviana Durante’s leaving of the Royal Ballet at the height of her powers was a sad loss to London, if the gain of those who saw her perform elsewhere all around the world. Well now she’s back at the Royal Opera House, this time to coach MacMillan’s Anastasia, which is where Jann Parry caught up with her…

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