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Alexander Whitley: 8 Minutes – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Daniel Wohl Artistic Director & Choreographer: Alexander Whitley Video Artist: Tai Rosner Reviewer: Jo Beggs “The bodies in the space and the space are two aspects of the single continuum” says the narrator, speaking the words of British philosopher and writer Alan Watts. For an hour, The Lowry’s Quays Theatre, seven dancers and an awestruck audience might as well ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Choreographer: Richard Alston Reviewer:  Maggie Constable At the Derngate this week, Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC) stages yet another set of wonderfully exotic dances, in the form of Carnaval, Chacony and Gypsy Mixture, which have rightly received much praise from critics and public alike. The company is renowned for its dynamic choreography and its highly-skilled and athletic dancers. A bonus this ...

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2Faced Dance Company: Outlands – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Ronita Mookerji, Emma Jayne Park, Hema Bharathi Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In their usual guise, 2Faced Dance Company is an all-male dance company with a strong urban flavour, choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald. This incarnation sees a triple bill programme of female-choreographed and performed work with a strong (mostly) Indian identity. In 2015, Tamsin Fitzgerald founded The BENCH, a project aimed ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: David Bintley Composer: Carl Davis Reviewer: John Kennedy Ennui-induced moments of desperate TV multi-channel surfing can hardly avoid a repeat somewhere of the groundbreaking 1981 World At War documentary series, or that career-defining scene in Pride & Prejudice where Colin Firth’s Darcy plunges with svelte-pelt otter eroticism in to that balm-bathing ornamental pond. Carl Davis’ compositions, indeed, are ever to the fore. Tonight, ...

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Shobana Jeyasingh is a well-established and much-respected British choreographer whose work is rooted in her own British Asian experience and the classical Indian dance she grew up studying. Several years ago she saw a production of the now relatively little-seen (outside London) classical ballet La Bayadère. Created by the legendary Marius ...

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Ghost Dances and other works – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Christopher Bruce, Kim Brandstrup and Andonis Foniadakis  Music: Arnold Schoenberg and Ilan Eshker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The current visit to The Lowry by Rambert features a world premiere and the return of one of the company’s best-loved works. Kim Brandstrup’s Transfigured Night is based on the story of an unfaithful wife who tells her husband that the child she ...

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Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer (Concerto) - Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Composer (Still Life Penguin) - Simon Jeffes Choreography - David Bintley Composer (Elite Syncopations) - Scott Joplin & Others Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: John Kennedy The opening performance, Concerto, in three movements, is set within an explosion of bold, expansive monochromatic space: a brilliant white backdrop framed by monolithic, angular ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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