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Rambert – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreographers: Aletta Collins, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Julie Cunningham Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Rambert’s three-part show is pulsing and visually mesmerising. Dancers bend and fold themselves around the stage to poignant music and equally poignant themes. Firstly, we witness Symbiosis where the scaled scantily clad team writhe and flit to beautiful orchestral electronica music, furtively ...

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Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer: John Kennedy To fans, friends and family, Nina Simone’s profession and personal life comprised an irresolvable struggle to define her identity regarding artistry and racial heritage as much as it was to be able to love, be loved and find a sense of belonging. With her passionate involvement with the 60s Black Civil Rights ...

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Nina: A Story About me and Nina Simone –  The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer Matthew Forrest I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor following some blistering tunes from the Nina Simone song-book, courtesy of the uber-talented singing powerhouse Josette Bushell-Mingo. She absolutely nails versions of Sinnerman, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free and Revolution. However, it’s a long road before ...

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Black is the Color of My Voice – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Apphia Campbell Director: Arran Hawkins Reviewer: Paul Couch When singer Nina Simone died in 2003, the world lost one of the last great legends of the American jazz club circuit along with the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. Simone trained as a classical concert pianist but soon found her true vocation – playing “the ...

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CD REVIEW: A Night with Janis Joplin – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Zara Ellis There are singers who have graced the music scene with their talents and who have faded into the universe, and then there are those music legends that stand the test of time. Janis Joplin was the pinnacle of rock and roll, she was wild, crazy and soulful and she had the x-factor, the special something that everybody ...

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