EYE SIGHT; Siobhan Davies - the Jean Muir of British dance

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Siobhan Davies will have rearranged her crowded mantelpiece once again after winning yet another major award. Not content with two Olivier awards, an MBE and countless Digital Awards, this gong-crazed choreographer has now won the hugely prestigious (and hugely huge) Prudential Award. If anyone deserves pounds 50,000 to spend on furthering her artistic programme it is Siobhan Davies, the Jean Muir of British dance. She is at her peak creatively, and her dancers, who include Amanda Britton, Catherine Quinn, Paul Old and Gill Clarke, are among the best in the country. They are currently on tour with a mixed bill of old and new. Trespass (left), which premiered last May, has a curious fidgeting score by Gerald Barry. Affections, which premiered in Oxford last week, uses six delicious Handel arias including songs from Rinaldo, Alcina and Tamerlano sung live by the Welsh mezzo soprano Buddug Verona James. Although Davies is keen to experiment with different composers, she has stuck with the same lighting and set designers: her husband David Buckland and Peter Mumford. With so many awards to show for it why change a winning team?

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 29-30 Oct then Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast

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