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Whist – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creators: Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Dance company AOE have created an hour-long virtual reality experience inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud and artist Shuji Terayama, in which audience members move through a gallery space, watching a series of films that explore elements of Freudian psychology. In the ruins of a grand house, three performers (Robert ...

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Roberta Jean: Brocade – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Roberta Jean Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Appreciating dance so often resides in the creation of beautiful movement, as well as the control and intricacy with which the performer conveys meaning or narrative. Rarely do we appreciate the considerable power of the dancer, their ability to deliver rigorous routines and maintain their physical strength night after night. Roberta Jean’s ...

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Xenos  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Performer and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s rare that dancers become household names, but Akram Khan is familiar to many, especially since his appearance at the London Olympic opening ceremony in 2012. He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years:  among them, actor Juliette Binoche, writer Hanif Kureishi and even singer Kylie Minogue. At the ...

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Wild Card: Humanhood – Sadler’s Wells, London

Curator: Humanhood Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Wild Card series at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells never fails to surprise. On these nights the studio space is given over to emerging dance-makers, who, in turn, bring along their collaborators. As curators of this night, Birmingham based dance company Humanhood seek to destabilise our expectations. Engaging with other art forms, and ...

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MAYFEST: Velvet Petal – Trinity Fyfe Hall, Bristol

Choreographer: Fleur Darkin Musical Arrangement: Torben Lars Sylvest Reviewer: Leah TozerFleur Darkin’s Velvet Petal for Scottish Dance Theatre is an androgynous, drug-fuelled-feeling orgy of dance and adolescence. Performed at the intimate Trinity Fyfe Hall as part of Mayfest, it’s a theatrical thrill of electronica, witty choreography, and fine performances that loses its way a little in its own chaos. Influenced by the provocative photography of Robert ...

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Show – Lyric Hammersmith , London,

Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter Performers: Shechter II Reviewer: Richard Maguire Hofesh Shechter is definitely the man of the moment; his daring Grand Finale is touring Europe this summer, and, closer to home, he plans to fill the moat of The Tower of London with dancers in July as part of the LIFT Festival. Incredibly, he’s still got the time to revisit his ...

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The Tap Pack – Peacock Theatre, London

Creators: Jesse Rasmussen, Jordan Pollard and Thomas J Egan Director: Nigel Turner-Carroll Reviewer: Richard Maguire The chances are that this show is critic-proof. If you like tap dancing, and if you like swing, it won’t matter too much what the papers say about this old-fashioned fusion of dance and song. But fortunately, the talent on the stage will break the ...

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Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Choreographer: Cathy Marston  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels For those of us familiar with one of literature’s most well-known heroines, it is not difficult to comprehend why the rightly praised Northern Ballet Company have transformed Charlotte Brontë’s novel into a ballet. While Brontë may have baulked at some of choreographer Cathy Marston’s more erotic interpretations, it has to be ...

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