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Dirty Dancing – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Eleanor Bergstein           Director: Federico Bellone Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Everyone associates Dirty Dancing with the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey; many certainly consider it as ‘the classic story’, with the stage production making its debut in 2004.  Dirty Dancing is currently embarking on a new national 2016/17 Tour. It’s the summer of 1963, ...

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Bullet Catchers – Judson Memorial Church, New York

(Bullet Catchers) (Judson Memorial Church) (NYC)

Writers: Sandra W. Lee, Rebecca Hirota, Emma C. Walton, Jessica L. Vera, Jay Myers, Adrienne Brammer, Damion J. Williams, Victoria Nassif, Maggie Moore, & Julia Sears Director: Julia Sears Reviewer: Robert Price Six women and two men stand in uniform, singing in harmony that echoes off the walls of the cavernous church. Behind them Até, the daughter of war, sings ...

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Tanguera – Sadler’s Wells, London

Musical Direction: Lisandro Adrover Director: Omar Pacheco Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘The underworld was law, and love was something you paid for’ – this is Buenos Aires at the start of the 20th Century where a host of hopeful immigrants crossed paths with dock workers and gangsters in the cafes and brothels near the harbour. Gerardo Gardelin, Diego Romay and Dolores ...

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The Jungle Book – Birmingham Hippodrome

A dancer hangs in front of a red background

Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: John Kennedy The company's name - Metta, playing on meta-theatre – is teasing and naughtily succinct. Boldly going beyond - getting it out there - giving it up on to the streets. Break-dancing down the fourth-wall, reimagining it as a liberating, multi-media, graffiti splashed, canvas carnival of anthropomorphic animals let loose. And with gob-smack, ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – National Youth Dance Company: Tarantiseismic

Reviewer: Nicole Evans Having seen the superb array of talents National Youth Dance Company has had to offer a Latitude audience for the previous two years, expectations for their return are high. This year bringing Tarantiseismic, created by guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet, the 40-strong company take to the Waterfront stage en-masse, completely dressed in white, and prepare for the ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Sisters Grimm: Voices of The Amazon

Director: Pietra Mello-Pittman Choreographer: Helen Pickett Musical Director: Rob Barron Reviewer: Nicole Evans Billed as a Brazillian-fused contemporary dance piece intertwined with ballet and capoeira, Sisters Grimm'sSisters  Voices of the Amazon tells the tale of the love between two water-spirit sisters who live beneath the deep waters of the Amazon river. When one becomes ill, the other ventures above ground in search of ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – New Adventures: Country

Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lucy Ross Matthew Bourne's New Adventures delivered a welcomed snippet of their touring show Country. The well-known and delightful dance routines complimented and set itself perfectly into the green trees and rolling hills of the Latitude festival backdrop, immersing its audience in the music and picturesque sequences representing the English countryside in the 'good old days'. ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Far From The Norm: Da Native

Choreographer: Botis Seva Reviewer: Nicole Evans Far From the Norm are becoming a regular opening slot on the Sadler's Wells Waterfront stage, this year bringing their loosely ethnic-themed piece, Da Native, to kick off Friday morning proceedings. Aiming to portray a group of nomads from different lands realising that the world is nothing without one another in it, we witness a ...

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