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Russell Maliphant: Silent Lines – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Russell Maliphant Dance Company was established in 1996. In the intervening years, the company have received two Olivier awards, three South Bank Show awards and three Critics’ Circle National Dance awards for best modern choreography and one for best independent company, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations. Russell Maliphant’s work is ...

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Scottish Dance Theatre Double Bill – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer: Colette Sader and Emanuel Gat Reviewer: Dominic Corr Emerging from their home in Dundee, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) highlights the versatility of the artform. Each dancer capable of stripping back pre-conceived notions of gender or ritual, maintaining dignity while delivering powerful displays of passion and skill. Seeking to communicate the celebration of diversity through high-quality dance across the world. ...

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Rambert2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer:  Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Reviewer: Dominic Corr Eight hundred hopefuls from across the globe applied to the fresh, younger sibling of the long-established Rambert. This sister corporation – Rambert2, would accept a mere thirteen of the exceptional dancers. Focusing on this new talent, Rambert2 showcases their abilities to shape the future of movement ...

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Beats on Pointe – Peacock Theatre, London

Creative Director: Jennifer Master Directors: Milo and Jennifer Masters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The fusion of two very different styles can be transformational, seeing opposing ideas uniquely combined can be both dynamic and inspirational. Milo and Jennifer Master’s decision to unite ballet and hip hop in a single dance show is a genuinely interesting concept, one with potential appeal to fans ...

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Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes– BAM, New York City

Choreographer: Shamel Pitts Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Dancer and Choreographer Shamel Pitts is proud of his Brooklyn roots. In press materials and interviews, he talks about his youth in Brooklyn and the role that the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s programming played in shaping his own work. It’s fitting, then, that he returned to Brooklyn during Mother’s Day weekend to perform ...

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Awakening – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Dance company: National Dance Company Wales Choreographers: Marcos Morau, Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn Reviewer: Beth Steer Awakening, a programme of three different dances designed to show the versatility of the fantastic National Dance Company Wales, lives up to its intention to show the audience ‘diverse perspectives on the world. Broken into three parts, with two twenty minute intervals, Awakening transports ...

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Madhead – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Director & Choreographer: Botis Seva Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Revered choreographer Botis Seva here directs the National Youth Dance Company of Sadler’s Wells to present Madhead, a combative dance piece with dark, dystopian undertones. The dancers are propelled across the stage as pack animals on a hunt. With prefect precision, they take aim, attack and retreat. Apocalyptic in nature and Kafkaesque ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Alex Ramon When Matthew Bourne collected his well-deserved Special Award at the Olivier ceremony two weeks ago, the prize was in recognition of a body of work that’s not only significantly raised the profile of British dance but also helped to completely transform it as an art form. Principal among the productions that have ...

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