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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”.

Natsha Gooden and Corey Culverwell in Into the Hoods Remixed.© Ed Miller. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – Into the Hoods Remixed – London

Like the novelist who writes a best-seller first time out, whatever Kate Prince goes on to create in the future, she’ll always struggle to match the brilliance of her first full-length show – Into the Hoods…

Adrienne Canterna as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rasta Thomas’ Dance Company – Romeo and Juliet – London

Canterna’s Romeo and Juliet is certainly different; and it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but – some quibbles aside – I enjoyed the energy and the entertainment.

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.

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…

Mad Hatters Dance Off with Steven McRae, Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and Turbo from ZooNation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mad Hatters Dance Off – Royal Ballet vs ZooNation

The Mad Hatter from The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a dance-off against The Mad Hatter from ZooNation’s brand new hip-hop dance show The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in the studio rehearsing Cassandra.© ROH / Andrej Uspenski, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi on making Cassandra

Ludovic Ondiviela is making his first full-length work, Cassandra, for the Royal Ballet. And Mara Galeazzi is back from retirement to help him. We catch up with them…

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ZooNation Youth Company – Groove On Down The Road – London

…this show’s greatest sleight of hand is to have constructed a truly professional, West End-worthy production from the performances of young, amateur dancers, under the age of 19.

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.

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Breakin’ Convention – Day 1, 4 May 2013 – London

…the crowds – from the six-year-old toprocking on stage for a prize t-shirt to the octogenarian gentleman seated next to me in polite raptures – were most definitely entertained.

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…

2012 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the winners of the 13th National Dance Awards at The Place on 28th January 2013.

ZooNation publicity image for their 10th Anniversary Show.© ZooNation. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – 10th Anniversary Show – London

Hip hop is rapidly becoming the dominant dance discipline of the 21st century. Something that emerged as raw and explosive from US street culture is now established, codified and taught all around the world.

2012 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards at a reception held at The Place on 9th November 2012. The winners will be announced 28th January 2013.

Sadler’s Wells – Spring / Summer 2013 Programming

It’s the name of the game that one does not necessarily appreciate all plans (or indeed how they crystallise out in practice) but I have to say that Sadler’s Wells set a benchmark re new work/experiences and for where you want a progressive art to be.

Olivier Awards 2012 – Dance Nominations

Here are the just released dance related nominations. Good luck to all! OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE THE DESIGN TEAM for their work on the Royal Ballet’s ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND at the Royal…

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