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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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Taj Express – Peacock Theatre, London

Writer: Toby Gough Director: Shruti Merchant Choreographer: Vaibhavi Merchant Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is not usual, one must admit, for a stage show to start with a voiceover warning that anybody expecting great theatre should leave. There are certainly some shows that could benefit from such a management of expectations. Taj Express, the latest Bollywood-inspired work from the Merchant family, ...

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Jasmin Vardimon Company: Pinocchio – The Lowry, Salford

Pinocchio runs among dancers dressed as Donkeys

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Peter Jacobs For Jasmin Vardimon – one of the UK’s most original and creative dance theatre-makers – the decision to tackle a classic or children’s story as her next project - to create an adaptation of Pinocchio - may seem odd at first. But her style of cleverly articulated physical theatre, big characterisation, ...

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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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