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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Candoco Dance Company: Double Bill – The Lowry, Salford 

Choreography: Alexander Whitley, Yasmeen Godder Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Candoco Dance Company are the UK’s leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, founded in 1991, and successfully creating work that challenges perceptions and preconceptions with a passionate commitment to celebrating diversity, in all its forms. 2017 has seen a change of artistic leadership for the company with long-standing co-artistic directors Pedro ...

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Igor and Moreno: Andante – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Andante is a musical term that refers to a work (especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo. It originates from the Italian verb andare – to go. Igor (Urzelai) and Moreno (Solinas) are among the first artists to benefit from The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ programme, in which they invite ...

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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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Some Greater Class – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer Holly Blakey Music: Gwilym Gold and Darkstar Reviewer: Dave Cunningham To reach The Compass Room where Some Greater Class is staged one must pass through the art gallery at The Lowry which seems appropriate as the show is as much art installation as dance. As the audience is seated on a flat, rather than sloping, floor the sightlines are ...

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Acosta Danza: Debut – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Carlos Acosta Choreography: Marianela Boàn, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jorge Crecis Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Carlos Acosta created Acosta Danza in 2015 to harness and showcase young Cuban dancers with skills in both classical and contemporary dance and to create a diverse repertoire that reflects at its core choreographers from the Spanish-speaking world. Acosta’s immense star ...

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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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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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