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Humanhood: Zero – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction: Rudi Cole & Julia Robert Original Music: Gyda Valtysdottir, Alex Forster, Azizi Cole, Xhosa Cole, Shahzad Ismaily Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Zerois the first full-length duet by Humanhood, a company founded in 2015 by dancer/Artistic Directors Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. A 15-minute extract won 1stprize at Madrid International Choreography Competition. The work now stands at around fifty minutes. ...

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DeNada Dance Theatre: TORO, Beauty & the Bull – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs DeNada Dance Theatre are one of the UK’s most exciting and rapidly upcoming dance companies, led by Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, who is based in the UK and divides his time between Birmingham and Leeds – the country’s main dance hubs outside London. He brings to his work an interest in transgression ...

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Wild Card: Neon Dance  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Curator: Adrienne Hart Reviewer: Richard Maguire You expect dance at Sadler’s Wells, but the Wild Card series held in the Lilian Baylis studio space, encourages younger dancers to collaborate with artists from other disciplines. In an evening curated by Neon Dance’s artistic director Adrienne Hart, we have an eclectic programme of music, lights, art installations, and, of course, some stunning ...

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Tango Moderno – New Theatre, Cardiff

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Choreography: Karen Bruce with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Sultry and sexy, exotic as a hot summer evening in Buenos Aires – Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring the exciting beat of the Argentine Tango to the stage of Cardiff’s New Theatre this week in Tango Moderno.  Ever since ...

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Hairspray – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Music/ Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Since its release in 2003, Hairspray the Musical has toured extensively, both in the UK and in the US. Set in 1962’s Baltimore, racial segregation is rife, but Tracy Turnblad can’t understand why integration is so detested. It’s the sixties after ...

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Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Choreographer and Director: Mark Bruce Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a coincidence of weather that walking to a dance version of Macbeth at Wilton’s Music Hall during the “Best from the East” cold spell makes one empathise about how it may feel to trudge across a blasted Highland heath, the cold wind biting at one’s extremities. One can only imagine ...

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300 el x 50 el x 30 el  – The Barbican, London

Created and performed by FC Bergman Reviewer: Richard Maguire When you think you’ve seen it all, along comes FC Bergman. It is not a football team, but it has the verve and swagger of one in the Premier League. Instead, FC Bergman is a Belgian theatre company specialising in the experimental and with 300 el x 50 el x 30 ...

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Mother –  The Barbican, London

Creator: Peeping Tom Director: Gabriela Carrizo Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nightmares have never looked so beautiful than in Mother, the new show by Peeping Tom, the cult dance company from Belgium. On the wide stage of the Barbican, dancers are staccato lightning-bolts electrified by grief and unrequited love; they come together to produce wondrous and shocking tableaux of loss. In the ...

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