News: January dance guide

Monday 14 January 2019

Lizzie Klotz's Fawn, part of Resolution 2019. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

Resolution 2019

The UK’s biggest annual showcase for new choreography returns to The Place with 81 companies testing the limits of dance and performance. The programme promises a refreshing dose of bold ideas and movement, with weird and the wonderful offerings from some of the brightest emerging talent in dance. Highlights in January include Lewis Cooke & Lloyd Lovell’s Innercide which tests our physical and mental states with a unique approach involving Lotus Biscoff Spread; YDance’s Soul which deals with suicide by bringing traditional Korean concepts together with contemporary dance; Rowena Gander’s Object (Auto) Biography which challenges preconceived notions of pole-dancing; Leave me one by Emily Robinson Dance, inspired by the psychological phenomenon of imposer syndrome; She Holds Me Up by Willow Vidal-Hall, which explores shared female experiences and unfaltering female bonds, and Fawn by Lizzie J Klotz (pictured) which considers the act of pleasing as an instinctive response to fear.
11 January – 23 February, The Place

London International Mime Festival

Think you know mime? Think again. The capital’s longest-established theatre season is back, with a programme that spans the full, rich spectrum of contemporary visual performance. Highlights include Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley’s kaleidoscopic juggling-meets-contemporary dance show Spring at Sadler’s Wells (pictured); Gecko’s The Wedding at the Barbican, which questions the union between state and the individual; and a visit from Olivier Award-winning Belgian company Peeping Tom who explore the realm between fantasy and reality in Father (Vader), a surprising portrait of ageing.
Until 3 February, various venues

Until the Lions

Following the buzz of XENOS, his final full-length solo show performed at Sadler’s Wells last year, Akram Khan returns to the Roundhouse to give his last ever performance of the epic and theatrical Until the Lions. Adapted from the award-winning book by Karthika Naïr, it tells the story of Amba, one of the great, unsung heroines of the epic Sanskrit poem, the Mahabharata, using classical Indian kathak movement blended with contemporary dance.
11 – 17 January, Roundhouse

Breakin’ Convention: Back to the Lab

Hosted by Jonzi D, Back to the Lab showcases some of the best choreographers in the hip hop dance theatre scene. This year’s resident choreographers are Joshua Nash, Ben Ajose-Cutting, Nicole McDowell and Hector Plaza & Agnés Sales Martín. Following two weeks of intensive training and mentorship from the likes of Jonathan Burrows, Jonzi D, Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon, each artist will present a brand new work in front of a live audience, who in turn can have their say in shaping and refining the works in progress – audience members are encouraged to give feedback directly to the artists afterwards.
26 January, Sadler’s Wells

TRIO ConcertDance

World-renowned ballerina Alessandra Ferri and American Ballet Theater Principal Herman Cornejo are joined by pianist Bruce Levingston in a programme exploring the intimate connection between music and dance. Newly-commissioned choreography by Russell Maliphant, Demis Volpi, Fang-Yi Sheu, Herman Cornejo and Wayne McGregor features, with the music of Ligeti, Mozart, Satie, J.S. Bach and Philip Glass.
17 – 27 January, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

Tango Fire

Tango stars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi lead this explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine tango as one of five couples showcasing the beloved dance form in this award-winning show. Live music comes from the Tango Fuego Quartet.
29 January – 16 February, The Peacock

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