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SOUNDSTAGE – HERE Arts Center, New York

(SOUNDSTAGE) (HERE Arts Center, NYC) (c)Paula Court

Writer: Jason Napoli Brooks & Rob Roth Director: Rob Roth Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Rob Roth’s newest piece, SOUNDSTAGE at HERE Arts Center, is a complex fifty-five minutes. Utilizing live action, film, and live camera projection, the piece explores ritual, loneliness, loss, and chemical dependency. A camera on a track manipulated by black clad figures moving in the Butoh style reinforces focal ...

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Magdalena—TheaterLab, New York

[Magdalena] [TheaterLab, NYC] (c)Kevin Yatarola

Writer: Gabri Christa Director: Erwin Maas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell TheatreLab started its Fall 2018 season, Homecoming, on September 12 with Gabri Christa’s solo performance piece Magdalena, directed by Erwin Maas with design and dramaturgy by Guy de Lancey. The performance uses dance, film, and storytelling to examine the life of Christa’s aging mother (the titular Magdalena) and her struggle ...

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Jefta van Dinther: Dark Field Analysis – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer and Director: Jefta van Dinther Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While instances of unnecessary (usually female) nakedness seem to have lessened in the wake of #MeToo, the issue of onstage nudity remains a pertinent one. Ask the creatives and they will tell you its vital to the truth of the work, while the actors say they’ll do it if enhances the ...

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Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreography: Antony Tudor, Ivan Perez, Roy Assaf, Alexei Ratmansky, Kim Brandstrup, Yuka Oishi Artistic Director: Natalia Osipova Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The anthology has become a common feature of dance shows, and rather than one story told across the night, several related pieces are arranged together linked by a common thread. Usually, that connection is a choreographer whose works are genetically ...

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Northern Ballet Mixed Programme – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple, Mlindi Kulashe, Kenneth Tindall Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Northern Ballet’s latest Mixed Programme deviates from their usual signature character ballets, which are largely narrative based. Showcasing new work from three emerging choreographers, instead, the programme focuses on more abstract themes and allows scope for innovative and explorative work to come through, highlighting the ...

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Boy Blue: Blak, Whyte, Gray – Barbican, London

Concept: Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Director: Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hip-hop is having a moment. Increasingly fusion hip-hop is being seen more and more on renowned dance stages, and while Pierre Rigal’s new piece which premiered at Sadler’s Wells was disappointing, fans of the genre have a second chance to see the Olivier-nominated ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Fable – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreography: Matt Szczerek Score: Grzegorz Szczerek Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Billed as “a sinister dance theatre production for young adults” in its programme, Fable is a show that more than lives up to its description. In this collection of five short dance stories, which blend elements of both street dance and contemporary dance, Human Collective trust and challenge their audience. Each ...

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Pierre Rigal: Scandale – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Pierre Rigal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The advent of a new kind of dance, and the music that defines it, always feels exciting and usually inextricably linked to youth. And while many of our most revered dances were created far from the classical ballrooms and famous stages such as the slums of Argentina or the underground clubs of prohibition America, ...

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