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MC 14/22 & Emergence – Scottish Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 10 June 2017

Corps blimey A double-bill of half-naked bodies. Angelin Preljocaj was the first to capitalise on the lack of budget for shirts, putting his 12 men in long black skirts instead. MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a bruising piece, … Continue reading

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Zero Point – Darren Johnston: Barbican Theatre, The Barbican, London, 26 May 2017

Lots blunt An awful lot of preparation went into formulating Zero Point. British choreographer Darren Johnston initially developed the idea through a Research & Development project at the Barbican in 2014, then he took on a residency at the Museum … Continue reading

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Emerging Dancer 2017 – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 25 May 2017

It’s an emerge and see Although English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 contest ended in a tie between Rina Kanehara and Aitor Arrieta, it wasn’t actually that big a surprise as there was very little to choose between any of … Continue reading

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Casanova – Northern Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 9 May 2017

New house, as they almost say in Italy When will I be able to watch a new story ballet without having to read the synopsis first in order to understand it? There’s no question that a full-length narrative without words … Continue reading

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The Toad Knew – James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton: Sadler’s Wells, London, 3 May 2017

Wind but no willows There are lots of good things in James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton’s delirious The Toad Knew, yet, despite an excellent cast and some great visuals, it somehow struggles to maintain interest levels. Set in a … Continue reading

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The Happiness Project – Didy Veldman’s Umanoove: The Place, London, 2 May 2017

It’s a warm gun Didy Veldman is an ex-Rambert dancer who’s been successfully choreographing freelance around the world for many years now. Getting a bit brassed off with all the travelling involved, she decided to set up her own company … Continue reading

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The Legend of Mulan – Hong Kong Dance Company: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 15 April 2017

Like father, like daughter For Hong Kong Dance Company’s The Legend of Mulan, we were promised a mix of contemporary, ballet, Chinese Classical dance and martial arts and that’s exactly what we got. Unfortunately, we also received large doses of … Continue reading

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