The best dance shows of 2013

Time Out's dance editor selects the five shows that shone this year

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  • New Movement Collective, ‘Nest’

    Exploring a secret venue, immersive theatre experience, cross-genre arts collaboration… ‘Nest’ was the most zeitgeisty dance performance this year, as choreographic collective NMC joined forces with architects Studio Weave and lighting designers Marshmallow Laser Feast (they get a gong for that name alone) to send their audience on a journey through the disused Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue. And it was good!

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  • BalletBoyz: The Talent

    It’s an easy sell: ten hot young male dancers who aren’t afraid of taking their tops off. But there’s much more to the BalletBoyz than that. The youthful company showed how far they’ve come in a strong double bill including Liam Scarlett’s gorgeous ‘Serpent’.

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  • Mikhailovsky Ballet, ‘Giselle’

    St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet used to play second fiddle to the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky (Kirov), but no longer – thanks to an injection of cash and starry talent. The brightest of all was Natalia Osipova, playing a scarily ghostly Giselle. (Osipova has now joined London’s Royal Ballet, so we’ll be seeing much more of her.)

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    Lucy Guerin, ‘Untrained’

    Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin came up with a concept that could have been gimmicky – two completely untrained dancers performing on stage with two pros – but ended up being funny, human, thoughtful, revealing and a little bit profound.

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  • Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

    One of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies was among the squad of incredible dancers who make up New York’s Cedar Lake. They made their second trip to London, bringing with them new works by Crystal Pite and Jo Strømgren. And they rocked.

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New Movement Collective, ‘Nest’

Exploring a secret venue, immersive theatre experience, cross-genre arts collaboration… ‘Nest’ was the most zeitgeisty dance performance this year, as choreographic collective NMC joined forces with architects Studio Weave and lighting designers Marshmallow Laser Feast (they get a gong for that name alone) to send their audience on a journey through the disused Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue. And it was good!

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