So here I am writing my third year summary post… Time goes so fast and I cannot believe I’ve been blogging for that long.
Before we ring in 2018, I wanted to look back on my top 5 shows from this year…
Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, English National Ballet – A contrasting double bill that perfectly showcased the company’s versatility and skill, pairing MacMillan’s poignant, sombre meditation on life and death with Bournonville’s romantic, tragic Scottish fairytale.
Illuminate, Company Chameleon and guests – An immersive, exhilarating and versatile programme of short dance pieces inspired by the seven basic plots, combining athletic choreography with their beautiful Central Library setting.
No Miracles Here, The Letter Room – A moving and original exploration of mental health issues and an electrifying blend of live music and dance, this part play, part gig hybrid was my highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and a testament to this young company’s incredible talent.
Leviathan, James Wilton Dance Company – This unique contemporary dance piece reimagined the story of Moby Dick for our age, with breathtakingly physical choreography and a powerful environmental message. My biggest revelation this year.
Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet – David Bintley’s gorgeous, glittering production of this fairytale ballet delivered on style and substance, with spectacular set design, excellent performances and choregraphy that suits Prokofiev’s music like an enchanted glass slipper.
I also just wanted to mention my standout event of Manchester International Festival – What Is The City But The People? – which saw dozens of the city’s residents (from drag queens to binmen, newborns to senior citizens) strut their stuff down a giant yellow catwalk in Piccadilly Gardens, in celebration of all that makes us different and the same. It was a unique and profoundly moving experience.
That’s all from me for this year. I hope you all have a healthy, happy and hope-filled 2018.
Lots of love, G x