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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – CAST, Doncaster

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Janet Jepson For many years after the Second World War ended very few people knew much about the atrocities that had occurred in the concentration (death) camps, and just how much the unfortunate Jewish race had suffered. As time went on however horrific memories were shared by survivors, and historians uncovered the ...

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Reckless Sleepers: Schrödinger – Contact, Manchester

Company on stage - with chalkboards behind.

Artistic Director: Mole Wetherell Reviewer: Peter Jacobs UK-Belgian company Reckless Sleepers was formed in 1988, taking its name from a painting by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. The company was partially formed in reaction to the contradiction of theatre attempting to portray realism in an environment that is fundamentally unrealistic: a desire to escape the conventions of theatre and to ...

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Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Hélène Blackburn Music: Martin Tétreault Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Cas Public is a well-established French-Canadian contemporary dance company founded by Hélène Blackburn in 1989. Symphonie Dramatique draws from characters in Romeo and Juliet – principally but not solely the doomed lovers themselves. The show utilises text from the Shakespeare play and Martin Tétreault’s cleverly constructed and manipulated soundtrack draws heavily ...

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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Triple Bill – Theatre Royal, York

Oriental ballet dancer

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan/Hans van Manen/John Cranko Design: Desmond Heeley/Jean-Paul Vroom/Osbert Lancaster Reviewer: Ron Simpson Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently touring two different triple bills on short “North” and “South” tours. Audiences in Cornwall have two new ballets on the bill, but nothing in the North programme is later than 1977 and two of the ballets are classic one-acters from the ...

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Ana Morales Flamenco Company: Reunión – The Lowry, Salford

Flamenco dancer (female)

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs With the support of British flamenco promoters Flamenco Edition, Ana Morales and David Coria – two of the most exciting and highly-regarded flamenco performers today – bring this brand new show from the heat of Seville to the barely holding-off May drizzle of Salford (and elsewhere in the UK for a short tour). Reunión is staged with ...

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Stepmother/Stepfather – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer/Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Andrea Allen Like your fairytales with a nice ending? Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance folklore inspired double-bill Stepmother / Stepfather is as far from all smiles as it gets. If you’re expecting a comforting, feel-good evening with a few pliés and twirls, you’d best leave now. Inspired by Country Death Song, a song by folk punk band ...

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Best of BE Festival – Circomedia, Bristol

Two men with fluorescent strip lights

Companies: Oliver Zahn, Sotterraneo & Compagnie Philippe Saire Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Three groundbreaking performance companies. One night. Best of BE Festival takes three radically different performances from companies across Europe and leaves us open-mouthed. Drawing across dance, performance, physical theatre and live art, the genre-bending selection of pieces presents an exciting picture of European theatre arts today. We begin ...

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