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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Liverpool Empire

Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam Visual Design and Costumes: Tim Yip Lighting Design: Mark Henderson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Akram Khan’s retelling of 1841 Romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle – a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival – was first seen in Manchester in September 2016 to instant acclaim. It ...

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Vamos Cuba! – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Nilda Guerra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Airports are the some of the most frustrating places in the world. Despite the excitement and anticipation of the holiday destinations ahead, the trudge through airport security and the overcrowded lounge feel like a chore. How much worse all this is when your plane is delayed, and endless hours of waiting ...

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Candoco Dance Company: Double Bill – The Lowry, Salford 

Choreography: Alexander Whitley, Yasmeen Godder Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Candoco Dance Company are the UK’s leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, founded in 1991, and successfully creating work that challenges perceptions and preconceptions with a passionate commitment to celebrating diversity, in all its forms. 2017 has seen a change of artistic leadership for the company with long-standing co-artistic directors Pedro ...

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Igor and Moreno: Andante – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Andante is a musical term that refers to a work (especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo. It originates from the Italian verb andare – to go. Igor (Urzelai) and Moreno (Solinas) are among the first artists to benefit from The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ programme, in which they invite ...

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Some Greater Class – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer Holly Blakey Music: Gwilym Gold and Darkstar Reviewer: Dave Cunningham To reach The Compass Room where Some Greater Class is staged one must pass through the art gallery at The Lowry which seems appropriate as the show is as much art installation as dance. As the audience is seated on a flat, rather than sloping, floor the sightlines are ...

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Acosta Danza: Debut – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Carlos Acosta Choreography: Marianela Boàn, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jorge Crecis Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Carlos Acosta created Acosta Danza in 2015 to harness and showcase young Cuban dancers with skills in both classical and contemporary dance and to create a diverse repertoire that reflects at its core choreographers from the Spanish-speaking world. Acosta’s immense star ...

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