The Royal Ballet's young Artist in Residence, Liam Scarlett, is to be congratulated for yet another courageous, challenging new ballet... Continue Reading
Scarlett has laboured long to make dance that explores this vehemently obvious narrative, but might consider the dictum that less is more.
This ballet is very nearly a dark, brilliant success, but what prevents it from being so is the occasional flatness of Dan Jones’s score and Scarlett’s own pacing.
Playing out in two halves of 60 and 40 minutes, in a bisected (and suitably dungeon-like) Linbury Studio, this dark-as-night traverse production grips for much of its first act.
The imagery and the dancers are strong enough to put this concept over, but Scarlett’s choreography does little to help.
Some Like It Hip Hop sails back into the West End on wave after wave of brilliant dancing.
This full-length production is the most ambitious yet from C-12 Dance Theatre, and thus a big step forward for Director/choreographer Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster and Executive Producer Adam Towndrow. The latter… Continue Reading
The energy of Breakin’ Convention – the way that the dancers and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience bring Sadler’s Wells to life – is always striking. But this is now matched by an increasing sense of possibility as street dance develops the confid…
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival radiates an overwhelming sense of inclusiveness. With the all-female crew Zamounda performing alongside the gifted disabled crew ILL-Abilities, and with crowds of children mastering b-boy moves during interval workshop…
And at the other end of the night are headliners Project Soul, a South Korean crew with some blistering power moves. Their enjoyably baffling piece Urban Arirang considers Korean identity, and seems to pit the militarised North against the Gangnam-style South — altho…
My heart was won by the Bad Taste Cru dancing to Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, which I thought witty, hard-edged, sure in focus – some of the other works on display tended to sprawl – sizzling in energy, and meriting a filmed record.
Choreographics is an important part of English National Ballet’s calendar, providing a platform for company dancers to test out creative ideas... Continue Reading