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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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Frantic Beauty – BAM Fisher, New York

Choreographers: Ximena Garnica & the LEIMAY Ensemble Directors: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Brooklyn’s LEIMAY Foundation and Ensemble premiered their latest collaborative dance art creation, Frantic Beauty, at BAM’s Fisher Space this week. This new work, the third of a projected five parts in their BECOMING Series, uses carefully choreographed lighting paired with cycles of energetic ...

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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: Based on the book by John Boyne Music: Gary Yershon Director and Choreographer: Daniel de Andradge Reviewer: Laura Stimpson By special arrangement with Miramax, Northern Ballet brings to the stage John Boyne’s New York Times best seller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. A story which needs little introduction, the 2006 novel The Boy ...

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The Jungle Book – The Lowry, Salford

Book:  Rudyard Kipling Composer and Sound Design: Filipe Gomes Adaptor and Director Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Matt Forrest When Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book, never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that likes of Shere Khan and Mowgli could be transported to the mean streets of London. However, director Poppy Burton-Morgan and the Metta Theatre Company have done ...

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Sigma – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

kaleidoscope of woman in headdress

Choreographer: Seeta Patel Reviewer: Chloe St George If you take a form like dance, or circus, that, to the untrained eye at least, is all about the visuals and the spectacle, it doesn't always have to justify its meaning. All we ask is that it be pleasing on the eye. But if you take such a form and try to ...

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The Dreamer – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle The Dreamer, a co-production between the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko is the European premiere of a piece of physical theatre inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, a text by Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu. It’s a visually stunning piece of theatre with moments of real magic that will no doubt ...

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Palmyra – Summerhall, Edinburgh

men dancing

Reviewer: David Doyle Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca have returned to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe following the success of Eurohouse last year. That production explored the making and unmaking of the European Union in the wake of austerity and the fracturing of the European project. This year their performance is no less ambitious as they turn their attention to the ...

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