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Fallen Angels Dance Theatre: Upon Awakening – The Lowry, Salford

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Director:  Paul Bayes Kitcher Reviewer: Helen Jones Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is not your normal dance company. It was set up in 2011 by Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher following  his own personal recovery experience, and it is where he now develops and directs professional work, alongside participatory  programmes for people within criminal justice programs and addiction/recovery rehabilitation. Upon Awakening was ...

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Keep Dancing – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Director: Emma Rogers Choreographer: Emma Rogers, Innis Robertson King &Robin Windsor Reviewer: Rachel Watson If any fans of last year’s Strictly Come Dancing winners Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani were asked to name a favourite dance of theirs, it is most likely to be their Pulp Fiction themed Jive in week three of the series. It was quite possibly their ...

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Bastard Amber – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Choreographer: Liz Roche Composer: Ray Harman Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Bastard Amber, co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival finds its way onto the Town Hall Theatre stage in Galway. The success of the play’s first run, on the Abbey Stage, during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival has propelled the work forward for national touring. ...

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YAMA – Scottish Dance Theatre – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Fleur Darkin Choreographer: Damien Jalet Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Scottish Dance Theatre make a welcome return to The Lowry with YAMA, choreographed by French-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet. YAMA is built on the idea of mountains and draws on the theme of their being ‘worshipped since ancient times and believed to be in numerous cultures a place of transcendence, a ...

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Simply Gershwin – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: James Garrington Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of George Gershwin’s death at just 38 years old but, in a period of only 20 years or so, he managed to turn out an almost incredible catalogue of work which included classical pieces, popular songs, and film and musical theatre scores. Such is his legacy that, ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Laura Jane Bateman The story of Beauty and the Beast has been immortalised by Disney’s animated film, but Northern Ballet’s adaptation, first presented in 2011, takes the story back to its 18th-century fairy-tale roots. Choreographed by artistic director David Nixon, it is a simple and well-danced production which is let down by underdeveloped characters and garish ...

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Flexer & Sandiland: Disappearing Acts – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Yael Flexer and the dancers Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Flexer &Sandiland is the seemingly-unusual collaboration between award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and digital artist Nic Sandiland. Their work centres on ‘the generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way which acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer’. Disappearing Acts considers ideas of disappearance, ...

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The Tempest – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Written against a backdrop of social and political upheaval, Shakespeare’s The Tempest made its debut by Royal appointment. Performed to an audience including King James I, The Tempest is markedly different to Shakespeare’s earlier comedies, certainly when compared to such plays as the exuberant Twelfth Night. First performed in 1611, it moves purposefully through darkness and light. ...

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