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Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Hélène Blackburn Music: Martin Tétreault Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Cas Public is a well-established French-Canadian contemporary dance company founded by Hélène Blackburn in 1989. Symphonie Dramatique draws from characters in Romeo and Juliet – principally but not solely the doomed lovers themselves. The show utilises text from the Shakespeare play and Martin Tétreault’s cleverly constructed and manipulated soundtrack draws heavily ...

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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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Stepmother/Stepfather – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer/Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Andrea Allen Like your fairytales with a nice ending? Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance folklore inspired double-bill Stepmother / Stepfather is as far from all smiles as it gets. If you’re expecting a comforting, feel-good evening with a few pliés and twirls, you’d best leave now. Inspired by Country Death Song, a song by folk punk band ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Sue Collier Dirty Dancing is set in the summer of 1963, an era of great American social change. This is the time of President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Bill and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. It is also a time when a ...

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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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De Nada & Sardoville Dance Theatre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Carlos Pons Guerra, Luca Silvestrini Reviewer: Jo Beggs In most cases, variety is no bad thing, but tonight’s pairing of the Sardoville Dance Theatre’s rather dry A Matter of Impression with De Nada’s surreal, sexy O Maria is a slightly baffling one. The latter, an over-the-top subversion of Spanish culture, taking in sex, Catholicism and food, should be the ...

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Balletboyz: Life – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Michael Nunn and William Trevitt  Choreographers: Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos Music: Ben Foskett and Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Life, the new double bill from the all-male dance company Balletboyz combines the absurd with the macabre to stunning effect. Dance always relies on co-operation and partnership between the performers to achieve the full potential of the ...

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