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Charge – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson Director: Kevin Finnan Choreography: Kevin Finnan, with additional material from the company Reviewer: Rich Jevons Charge is the final part of Motionhouse’s Earth Trilogy, developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013), celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary. Director Kevin Finnan worked closely with Professor Frances Ashcroft of Oxford University, author of The ...

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Reckonings – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, and Alesandra Seutin Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Sadler’s Wells is 20 years old this week. On 11 October 1998, Sadler’s Wells re-opened with its new foyers, and its deeper, wider stage, and became London’s premiere theatre devoted to dance. Many feet have touched upon its stage, but, as artistic director Alistair Spalding explained at the end of ...

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Fame The Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Conceived and developed by: David de Silva Music by: Steve Margoshes, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Fame, the hit TV series and iconic motion picture, synonymous with sweatbands and leg warmers and largely responsible for influencing 1980s fashion, celebrates its 30th anniversary with Selladoor Productions’ latest touring version. Three decades later, the ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Bystander – axis :Ballymun, Dublin

Choreographers: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Directors: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy What would it take for you to help someone, to get involved? This question is at the core of Junk Ensemble’s latest production The Bystander. No answer is provided, but that’s the point. In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered outside of her ...

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Fagin’s Twist  –  The Place, London

Director and Choreographer:  Tony Adigun Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Think you know the story of Oliver Twist? This hip-hop influenced dance piece choreographed by Tony Adigun gives Dickens’s most famous character some twists of his own to make strange a very familiar tale.  Slashing away at the novel’s sentimentality, this is Oliver Twist raised to Shakespearian levels. The result is a thrilling ...

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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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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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Dep – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. In this new dance piece from the Van Huynh Company, choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage, in particular Vietnamese culture around death in which death is also a form of rebirth. It’s a show that has immense promise and which began as a 10 minute ...

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