Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells is a glittering, extravagant Christmas Show, immaculately performed by star dancers with humour and palace interiors enough to satisfy a seasonal audience. It’s twenty-three years since the opening of the first production of this Swan Lake famous for replacing the original graceful female swans of composer Tchaikovsky’s … [Read more...]
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BalletBoyz’ Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells
The first half of the show, a thirty-minute piece choreographed by the dancers is titled Them. It’s not boring because Balletboyz are fabulous dancers and for this reason, it’s enough to watch but the work itself feels shallow. It’s hard to work out what the point is except as a virtuoso display. The cube doesn’t add much either. Andrew Ellis, the lighting designer contributes occasional intense scenes of colour which are beautiful. The music composed by Charlotte Harding provides necessary substance to the work as it sweeps from gorgeous strings to strings with a driving beat which accompany the best section of dance, a virtuoso solo by dancer, Benjamin Knapper. Them has a running time of only 30 minutes which is just about right, not overlong.
Notwithstanding the limitations of Them the second half of the show, Us, after the interval is so satisfying you leave elated, amazed all over again by the impact of great contemporary dance when it happens in front of you again.
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The music is tender but Man to Monk- Part 1 is about male desire described through the lens of a homosexual relationship as a duet. This piece is the first show in a new two-part contemporary dance series. In the Lilian Bayliss Studio of Sadler’s Wells bharatanatyam and contemporary dance artist Mavin Khoo is joined by Victor Callens in the show that is an extended … [Read more...]
Taj Express at The Peacock Theatre until 20 October is enormous fun, an evening to lift the spirits and send you dancing out of the door at its end. Literally. Directed by Shruti Merchant the twenty-four strong cast of dancers and musicians create a whirlwind of colour as they perform joyous tracks from various Bollywood films including Slumdog Millionaire. You … [Read more...]
Scandale is a nuanced, exciting work conceived and directed by Pierre Rigal, in which street dance is showcased as stunning art. The shows opens with the extended suspense of glimmers of sparkling gold in an extended darkness which lifts to light with a sound like a thousand distant feet. A minimal set of five sheets of indeterminate material and technology arrayed on … [Read more...]
What you need to know before you read about this contemporary dance work, Autobiography, choreographed by the acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor is that the performance you watch will be unique, it shall never be repeated again. It will not be the same as the one I am writing about. Autobiography sets out to examine all the possible futures available in a life, … [Read more...]
If you’re reading this because you’re interested in seeing an exhibition of virtuoso virility by twelve Argentinian men with incredible lower body dexterity and an infectious sense of rhythm with an astonishing ability for doing very dangerous things with lassos you will love this show. Che Malambo is an Argentinian based company whose French choreographer ( and … [Read more...]
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 at Sadler’s Wells from 26th to 29th June is performing a substantial and enjoyable production of contemporary dance in four tonally varied and highly skilled pieces. Created by choreographers Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke they combine together well. Shoot the Moon is filmic in stage style as well as the … [Read more...]
Portraits in Otherness is a platform for solo works by four emerging artists curated by Akram Khan and his company producer, Farooq Chaudhry. This show was the two-night turn in the Lilian Baylis Studio of two dancers and choreographers, Ching-Ying Chien with Vulture and Joy Alperton Ritter performing Babae. The inspiration for Vulture came from a myth about the … [Read more...]
As Akram Khan danced a full-length solo performance piece for the last time in the main house of Sadler’s Wells next door in the Lilian Baylis Studio a new chapter in the history of his company was being unveiled as a world premiere to a packed out audience. Curated by Akram Khan and Akram Khan’s Company’s producer, Farooq Chaudhry, Portraits in Otherness is the … [Read more...]