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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Liz Aggiss: Slap and Tickle – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Performed the day after International Women’s Day, the subject matter couldn’t be further on point. Slap And Tickle is a direct commentary on women and the cultural images, old wives tales and deeply entrenched conceptions associated with them. Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss, this solo performance is a sublimely subversive smorgasbord of multigenerational pop ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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Stepmother/ Stepfather – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Choreographer: Arthur Pita  Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Sophie Huggins While fairy tale folklore usually evokes feelings of familiar, reminiscent childhood, there is something not quite so innocent in Arthur Pita’s double bill of subverted storytelling. In collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, the audience is seduced into a dark, physically engaged world where all is not as it seems. Split into two parts, ...

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Getting Dressed – Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, London

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It’s that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance’s family show. Starting in their underwear, three dancers ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company: An Italian in Madrid – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Richard Alston Choreography: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place and his own company based there, is one of the UK’s leading choreographers. Once a radical pioneer, present from the emergence of British contemporary dance – when that in itself was radical – Alston formed the UK’s first independent dance company ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – Exeter Northcott

Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Bryony Luther On the 30th anniversary of the creation of Matthew Bourne’s company, New Adventures showcases a selection of his early work showing the seeds of his later signature style and humour. The performance begins with Watch With Mother, a piece that has not been seen for 25 years and it’s understandable why ...

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Manipulate Festival: On The Road – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writers and Directors: Tiffany Soirat and Olivia Faye Lathuillier Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts One of Edinburgh’s many festivals, Manipulate is based at the iconic Traverse Theatre and showcases the very best of international visual performance. 2017 sees Manipulate hit the road for the first time to promote its internationally acclaimed program around the United Kingdom. Its double-bill of highly visual solo ...

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