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Reckless Sleepers: Schrödinger – Contact, Manchester

Company on stage - with chalkboards behind.

Artistic Director: Mole Wetherell Reviewer: Peter Jacobs UK-Belgian company Reckless Sleepers was formed in 1988, taking its name from a painting by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. The company was partially formed in reaction to the contradiction of theatre attempting to portray realism in an environment that is fundamentally unrealistic: a desire to escape the conventions of theatre and to ...

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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Manchester and Manchester Dance Consortium. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is ...

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The Game – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Devised with women formerly and currently working in the sex industry, The Game explores the act of buying sex – the rules, the language and the power structures. The Game promises us ‘a real-life game, with levels and consequences.’ And, although some of the pageantry of a game show is here (the musical interludes, the faintly tyrannical ...

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Louise Orwin: A Girl and a Gun – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Louise Orwin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Depictions of violent crime against women have become increasingly common in the grittier crime dramas that skirt the line between reflecting and glamorising reality. But despite a mini-backlash against these shows, the prevalence of these images and the domineering power-relationship they’re based on is much more embedded than you think. Louise Orwin brings her ...

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Igor Vrebac: My Father Was A Terrorist – Contact, Manchester

Igor Vrebac

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs My Father Was A Terrorist is presented as part of Contact’s annual Flying Solo festival, which celebrates the art of the solo performer. Igor Vrebac is an award-winning Amsterdam-based physical theatre artist presenting a first showing of his fourth work in Manchester before it receives its world premiere at Amsterdam Fringe in September. My Father Was A ...

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Turn 2016: Night 2 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn – presented by Word of Warning, Contact and Dance Manchester – is the eighth annual micro festival of new north west dance, celebrating five years at Contact in 2016. Performed across two evenings, Turn presents a diverse range of new work and work in progress from north west-based dance makers and artists. Saturday evening, the second ...

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