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#MeToo Medusa

Graham Watts travelled to the International Institute of the Arts in Sitges to talk to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon about Medusa, her new production for Jasmin Vardimon Company GW: What attracted you to the mythical character of Medusa as the subject for your new work? JV: What I find amazing is that when I ask people […]

Log-in from London

Graham Watts experiences the capital’s dance scene during March and April 2018 One of the better rites of spring is that these months bring out the best of dance and this year’s ritual feast was special, including a host of London, UK and world premieres. Sadler’s Wells was busy at the beginning of March, opening […]

The Most Incredible Thing

The Most Incredible Thing Charlotte Ballet, Knight Theater, Charlotte – March 10, 2018   The most incredible thing has always been that tomorrow is another day. The trials and tribulations of one day can be replaced with the triumph of the next. So it was for Charlotte Ballet, now under the artistic leadership of Hope […]

Log-in From London – February 2018

Emerging contemporary choreographers, flamenco and Shakespeare dominated February’s dance scene in London. The annual Flamenco Festival London took up residency at Sadler’s Wells for a fortnight, while another annual festival, Resolution, came to a close at The Place. The month ended with three successive shows – each in a very different dance form – based […]

Log-in From London

In the third instalment of his regular blogs, Graham Watts, summarises the dance he has seen in London during December 2017 and January 2018 Nuts for Christmas, Resolutions for the New Year: dance mirrored most of our lives at the turn of this past year. December’s dance in London was dominated by The Nutcracker, with […]

Log-in From London

In the second instalment of a regular series of blogs, Graham Watts summarises the dance he has seen in London during November November’s dance in London came in a succession of pairs. There were two world premieres by the same choreographer; two programmes by Birmingham Royal Ballet; The Place offered two thoughful and topical pieces […]

Log-in from London

In the first instalment of his new blog, dance writer Graham Watts summarises what he has seen on stage in London during October October. A month of darkened afternoons, falling leaves and frequent need of an umbrella. It’s also the time to unfurl the Dance Umbrella, the annual festival that pops up in mainstream theatres, […]

Logging on

As a prelude to his forthcoming monthly blog, Log-in from London, Graham Watts writes on Jasmin Vardimon Company’s Pinocchio at Sadler’s Wells I’m not sure if this is a confession or a declaration of interest, but I’ve now seen Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio five times, including a full-run dress rehearsal. Just like the puppet’s nose, it […]

Turning the Titanic

Graham Watts talks to Tamás Solymosi, artistic director of the Hungarian National Ballet Many will remember Tamás Solymosi as a dashing lead dancer with English National Ballet; or perhaps, as a soloist in Amsterdam, a guest principal with American Ballet Theatre or touring the world with Rudolf Nureyev; just a few of the many companies […]

Inner worlds of emotional generosity

Graham Watts meets choreographer Jasmin Vardimon  “I like talking,” explains Jasmin Vardimon at the end of our 90-minute conversation that I’d assured her PR would take no longer than a third of that time. There’s certainly enough for her to talk about. The day before we met, Vardimon’s junior company, JV2, had performed twice at […]

Baltic Dance Theatre in The Tempest

The Tempest Baltic Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera House, Gdansk – June 14, 2015 There have been a number of Shakespeare plays made into ballets, notably Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, although not that many contemporary choreographers have chosen the Bard for their source material. Izadora Weiss has bucked that trend by making […]

A new superhero emerges… and the secret power is a quiff!

Graham Watts speaks to Steven McRae about his latest project – on the page, not the stage “Like most kids, I was surrounded by cartoons and comics and I loved things like Toy Story, The Flintstones and TheJetsons,” says The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae when we meet to discuss his latest project. “And then Sailor […]

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