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ZooNation in Some Like It Hip Hop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company – Some Like It Hip Hop – London

★★★★✰   Some Like it Hip Hop is full of quirky humour, great music and dance, enjoying top-notch performances throughout the whole cast of sixteen.

Tommy Franzen and Dickson Mbi in The Wall.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – maliphantworks: Wall, One part II, Two, Afterlight (Part One) – London

★★★★★   The hour-long evening is a magical experience, a testament to the decades-long collaboration between Maliphant and Hulls…

Russell Maliphant in One Part II.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Russell Maliphant Company in The Wall and One Part II (part of Maliphantworks bill)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

ZooNation in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Alice Pennefather, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

★★★★✰   ZooNation’s “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” has come a long way as a thoughtful Royal Opera House alternative to the Royal Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

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…

Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Associates of Sadler’s Wells: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter – London

If the brand new works were something of a disappointment then Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling, created on her own company dancers in 2008, was the outstanding hit.

Anne Plamondon in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Associates: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter

Sadler’s Wells puts on a night of dance by 3 of their Associate Artists. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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…

Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation Dance Company – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

…a show that is all about simply feeling good and being part of an event rather than just a spectator.

Turbo, Lizzie Gough and Tommy Franzen in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – ZooNation in The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

Renako McDonald and Nicolette Whitley, of Alleviate, in FLASH MOB.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

FLASH MOB – London

Including a low-key pilot at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2012, the ‘Flash Mob’ brand is now into its third iteration, and I must immediately confess to liking this show less than either of its predecessors.

Virgil "Sky Chief" Dey in Blaze.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Blaze – London

It would appear that Blaze is to hip hop as Burn the Floor has been to the popularity of ballroom and Latin…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2013 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2013 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Boy Blue Entertainment in The Five and the Prophecy of Prana.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue Entertainment – The Five and the Prophecy of Prana – London

The longest and most technically ambitious performance work created by the company to date, it’s an adrenaline-fuelled collision of thunderous beats, physical feats and striking visuals…

ZooNation in Unplugged.© ZooNation. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – Unplugged – London

In short, it was foot-tapping fun!

Sarah Richards in Some Like it Hip-Hop.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – Some Like It Hip Hop – London

The title of Kate Prince’s latest extravaganza is way too modest. On the basis of the universal adulation pouring from this audience, not just at the end but throughout the show, it would appear that EVERYONE likes it hip hop.

Tommy Franzen in Some Like it Hip-Hop.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – ZooNation in Some Like it Hip-Hop

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Nancy Osbaldeston, Tamara Rojo and Laurretta Summerscales.© Patrick Baldwin. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Announces Winner of The Emerging Dancer Competition 2013

English National Ballet is pleased to announce Nancy Osbaldeston as winner of the Emerging Dancer Competition 2013. Laurretta Summerscales won the People’s Choice Award. Both dancers are former pupils of English National Ballet School.

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