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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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The Jungle Book – The Lowry, Salford

Book:  Rudyard Kipling Composer and Sound Design: Filipe Gomes Adaptor and Director Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Matt Forrest When Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book, never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that likes of Shere Khan and Mowgli could be transported to the mean streets of London. However, director Poppy Burton-Morgan and the Metta Theatre Company have done ...

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Sigma – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

kaleidoscope of woman in headdress

Choreographer: Seeta Patel Reviewer: Chloe St George If you take a form like dance, or circus, that, to the untrained eye at least, is all about the visuals and the spectacle, it doesn't always have to justify its meaning. All we ask is that it be pleasing on the eye. But if you take such a form and try to ...

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Palmyra – Summerhall, Edinburgh

men dancing

Reviewer: David Doyle Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca have returned to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe following the success of Eurohouse last year. That production explored the making and unmaking of the European Union in the wake of austerity and the fracturing of the European project. This year their performance is no less ambitious as they turn their attention to the ...

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Here Comes Trouble – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Performer and Choreographer: Keira Martin Director: Charlotte Vincent Reviewer: Richard Maguire Here Comes Trouble certainly lives up to its name in this short unsettling performance by Keira Martin. She’s trouble because in a world of order and pigeonholes, she resists categorisation: she’s trouble and she troubles. The piece itself also avoids easy classification as it blends Irish dancing, live art, ...

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MIF 2017 : 10000 Gestures – Mayfield, Manchester

Choreographer: Boris Charmatz Reviewer: Jo Beggs French Choreographer Boris Charmatz creates highly ambitious and experimental dance performances across the world – from Sadler’s Wells to the New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Breaking out of traditional theatre spaces, he makes work that breaks all the rules. For 10000 Gestures his first work for Manchester, Charmatz set out to make a ...

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Coppélia – Bristol Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Composer: Léo Delibes Conductor: Paul Murphy Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Claire Hayes Based on the stories of E T A Hoffmann, Coppélia is the lightest and most fragile of confections; the tale of a mechanical doll who entrances and enrages in equal measure. Yet the enchantment of this enduringly popular 19th Century work is underscored by ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Pianist: Jason Ridgway Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The evening of dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre begins with an announcement by Richard Alston, both director and choreographer of his Dance Company. Often his inspiration is music but for the first piece to be performed, it is what he describes as “the energy and talent of these young ...

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