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Rambert – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreographers: Aletta Collins, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Julie Cunningham Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Rambert’s three-part show is pulsing and visually mesmerising. Dancers bend and fold themselves around the stage to poignant music and equally poignant themes. Firstly, we witness Symbiosis where the scaled scantily clad team writhe and flit to beautiful orchestral electronica music, furtively ...

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Knot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Knot is the story of two lovers and ‘the invisible string that connects’ them. Presented on Valentine’s night in The Lowry’s Aldridge Studio, it’s just possibly not the story of two lovers you might expect. Performed by Nikki and JD – hand-to-hand acrobalance artists Nikki Rummer and Jean-Daniel Broussé – Knot is a hybrid of acrobatic cirque, ...

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Summer of Circus Launch: Kin, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Devised: Barely Methodical Troupe and Ben Duke Director: Ben Duke Reviewer: Simon Topping The piece starts with a collective shout from the five male performers as they push and shove their way around each other; vying to gain the upper hand. A stern looking woman enters and the jostling stops; replaced with vain attempts of physical prowess to win her ...

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Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Devisor, Director and Performer: Ben Duke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman John Milton's epic poem relating Lucifer's fall from Heaven and the expulsion of Adam and Eve, told by one person in a 75-minute show? The premise seems like a big ask, even before the bumbling, nervous performer loses his place as he prepares to recite his first extract. It's a feint, of ...

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Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – The Lowry, Salford

Concept, direction and performer: Ben Duke Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is a highly ambitious one-man staging of John Milton’s epic blank verse poem Paradise Lost, which details the Creation from the fall of Satan (or Lucifer) and his rebel angels from Heaven to Hell and the creation of Adam and Eve and their sadly inevitable ...

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