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Halloween Happening – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Halloween hit Huddersfield early this weekend, attracting ghosts and ghoulies and killer clowns galore into the Lawrence Batley Theatre for a Spooktacular take over by the paranormal. A mixture of regularly repeated short plays and walkabout experiences supported two singular main stage events, with a much-appreciated pie and peas supper available to the wandering fancy dress-clad audience. The main stage ...

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Clod Ensemble: Under Glass – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In 2016 as part of The Lowry’s inaugural Week 53 festival – which returns next year – Clod Ensemble repurposed the entire auditorium and stage of the huge Lyric Theatre for the strikingly-memorable An Anatomie in Four Quarters. Now it is the turn of the Quays Theatre to ...

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Centaure – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Franck Vigroux Video: Kurt d`Haeseleer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Presented as part of the The Lowry’s autumn programme of digital art, Centaure is a live performance by two European artists, who’s work is more usually seen within the international festival scene: French musician Franck Vigroux and Belgian video artist/filmmaker Kurt d’Haeseleer. Centaure is a ‘postdigital road trip to a dystopic ...

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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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Frantic Beauty – BAM Fisher, New York

Choreographers: Ximena Garnica & the LEIMAY Ensemble Directors: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Brooklyn’s LEIMAY Foundation and Ensemble premiered their latest collaborative dance art creation, Frantic Beauty, at BAM’s Fisher Space this week. This new work, the third of a projected five parts in their BECOMING Series, uses carefully choreographed lighting paired with cycles of energetic ...

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Trinkets – Gene Frankel Theater, New York

Writer: Paul Alexander Choreographer: Antyon LeMonte Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trinkets, at 24 Bond Arts Center in the Gene Frankel Theater, has a promising enough premise. Billed as telling “the story of a group of drag and transsexual prostitutes” in the pre-gentrified Meatpacking district of the 1990s, the musical is a semi-moralistic tale with an after-school-special structure. Though the run time ...

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Séance – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emily Hall Séance has brought binaural sound to the Fringe, expanding the art form and making impressive new strides with a low-cost production promising a new, innovative medium for sound-based performance during the Fringe. The small production seats only 20 people and lasts only 15 minutes. Bevelled wallpaper, an old table and eerie lighting show incredible attention to detail considering the shipping ...

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Decolonizing My Vagina – New Ohio Theatre, New York

Writer: Cristina Pitter Director: Jordana De La Cruz Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Part of the New Ohio Theatre’s ICE Factory Festival, Fridays On ICE is a late night salon series featuring work “more typically... perform[ed] in nightclubs, bars, and private apartments” than in more traditional theatrical venues. Each night of the series features a different artist. The August 4 salon, ...

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