Now 44, Acosta threatened to retire years ago; thank goodness he changed his mind. His turns are no longer mindboggling nor do his jumps defy gravity any more but what an Oscar-winning performance he puts into this friendly, funny three-act fantasy.
Nuñez has made the role of Kitri her own, and Acosta brings every ounce of his considerable charm and virtuosity to bear as Basilio.
Where a firecracker talent like Ayuso goes next is anyone’s guess. Her work could use refinement but it’s starkly, vividly alive.
Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan stand face to face, hands held, arms rippling in a winding ribbon of movement. Sacred Monsters is a meandering, sometimes self-indulgent show, but there’s real star power at its heart.
Review: Avatâra Ayuso/ AVA Dance Company - Provisional Landscapes - Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
Avatâra Ayuso already has a reputation as a powerful, charismatic dancer, especially for her work with Shobana Jeyasingh and now she is launching her own company.... Continue Reading
Darshan Singh Bhuller, formerly Phoenix’s artistic director, provides the tenderly sprawling Mapping, informed by his father’s journey from India to the UK.
Hoghe spent a decade as dramaturg for dance theatre legend Pina Bausch. Like Bausch, he doesn’t much believe in editing, and two slow hours is more than some in the audience could stand.
Ballet superstar turned contemporary darling Sylvie Guillem’s retirement announcement has loaded these performances of her duet with Akram Khan, first performed in 2006, with extra charge... Continue Reading
This mixed bill ranges in tone and physicality, but the performers never let up in terms of energy, strength and passion; they emerge as an assured bunch, with great skill and drive.
It lacks a coherent shape, the choreography is hit-and-miss and the reminiscences and ponderings are more than a mite self-indulgent but the playful rapport between the two stars is impossible to resist.
…the work now seems simultaneously lighter and deeper, less an examination of their relationship with their own reputations and classical traditions, and more a statement of belief in the power and ritual potency of dance itself.
The imminent loss of these two giant talents feels all the more poignant given how joyously they work together in this duet
Dance is full of romantic duets, but this is something else: it’s an image of a parallel journey.