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New Movement Collective, “Casting Traces” – Testbed1, Battersea, London

Reviewer: Rachel Vogel [rating:4] Never have I seen the stage/audience barrier so cleverly eradicated as in New Movement Collective’s new work Casting Traces. Inventive, ambitious and cleverly articulated, the collective’s new work, performed as part of Big Dance 2012, has combined architecture, film, music, and dance to provide an immersive experience challenging the traditionally wired audience member. Founded in 2009, ...

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English National Ballet and Flawless: Against Time – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Choreographers: Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen and Jenna Lee Reviewer: Cathy Crabb [Rating:5] English National Ballet and Flawless come together here for a high energy show combining their fields of expertise. The story serves to present us with an awe inspiring sequence of dances that fit so well together through their duality. Here we have two forms of expression to music, which ...

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Play Without Words – Curve, Leicester

Deviser: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4.5] Stylish, sexy and scintillating, New Adventures return once again to Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed Play Without Words, reviving its sixties spirit ten years after it was first performed. Set in the slick but dark atmosphere of early 1960s London, Play Without Words explores the sexual liberation of ...

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Tilted Productions, ‘Seasaw’ – Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (@GDIF), London

Reviewer: Anna Pearce [rating:3.5] The bright sunlight and whipping breeze were the perfect setting for Tilted Productions' staging of Seasaw at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival this weekend. In this 80-minute promenade performance, Maresa Von Stockert's company of seven performers lead their audience from place to place around Canary Wharf, where at each point we come across bodies - ...

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EDge – The Place, London

Reviewer: Rachel Vogel [rating:3] London Contemporary Dance School’s postgraduate company, EDge, offered a rather volatile night of dance watching. These little sticks of dynamite (aka dancers) can move with precision and speed, showcasing works by Sasha Waltz, James Wilton, Matthias Sperling, Rachel Lopez de Nieta and Tony Adigun. While the array of material in this dance programme was intriguing, there ...

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LC3 – Rich Mix, London

Reviewer: Chantal Guevara [rating:3] If you have any doubts about London Contemporary Dance School's influence on the contemporary dance industry, all you have to do is attend a LC3 performance and wait a year or two: past choreographers in recent years have included James Wilton and James Cousins. LC3 is a touring company of third-year students presenting a mixture of ...

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Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, “In Good Company” – The Place, London

Reviewer: Chantal Guevara [rating:2.5] Considering his near-legendary status, we've actually seen very few works by Hofesh Shechter, so In Good Company, a showcase of works by several of his dancers, could have been seen as an opportunity for Hofesh's diehard fans to explore more of his style, as interpreted by his dancers. Certainly it would have been unrealistic to expect ...

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Verve 2012 – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Akram Khan, Lea Anderson, James Cousins, Jordan Massarella Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4.5] Verve is the postgraduate performance company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Each year they audition and pick the best of the year’s graduates and take them out on an extensive tour with a repertoire of (mostly) newly commissioned work by established and emerging choreographers. This ...

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