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The Wedding – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

black and white image of five people at work

Devisers: Amit Lahav and the company Music: Dave Price Associate Director: Rich Rusk Reviewer: G. D. Mills  The critically acclaimed physical theatre company Gecko delivers a new, compelling production in which director Amit Lahav explores what it means to be “a bride, wedded to society”. But Lahav means marriage in the broadest sense, inviting us to consider the “social contract ...

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Northern Ballet: Casanova – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Tate James The name Casanova is synonymous with the ultimate lover in modern parlance but far lesser known are the details of his story. Giacomo Casanova’s mind is constantly distracted from his training as a priest, by desires both intellectual and sexual. Seduced by convent girls and dismissed from the church with only ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Alhambra, Bradford

A couple dancing in hold with another woman

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Sue Collier Dirty Dancing is set in the summer of 1963, an era of great American social change. This is the time of President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Bill and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. It is also a time when a ...

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Imbalance – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Imbalance

Creators: Joli Vyann & Jonathan Lunn Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Glen Pearce As debate continues about the etiquette of, and some audience’s seemingly inability to, switching off social media while watching theatre, it's perhaps timely that the Joli Yvann company explore our obsession of our online virtual addiction. As the auditorium lights fade a couple are sat at a table, ...

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The Green House / Profundis – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Caroline Finn & Roy Assaf Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Dance Company Wales present their latest works in a double bill from two choreographers; The Green House by NDCW’s artistic director, Caroline Finn, and Profundis by Roy Assaf. The evening begins with Profundis and a simple black box stage with a grey dance floor. The audience is treated to a ...

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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Manchester and Manchester Dance Consortium. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is ...

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Jose Agudo Silk Road – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Jose Agudo Silk Road

Choreographer: Jose Agudo Guest Choreography: Rafael Amargo & Nahid Siddiqui Score: Bernard Schimpeisberger and Giuliano Moderaelli Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those expecting a Spanish senorita resplendent with a fan and a pair of castanets will leave Jose Agudo’s flamenco inspired Silk Road somewhat disappointed. For Andalusian-born Agudo, Flamenco is clearly a passion but here he uses it as a starting point ...

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Giselle – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreography: Ludovic Ondivela Design: Maree Kearns Music: Adolphe Adam Reviewer: Clara Mallon With a successful history of traditional classics, Giselle is an unsurprising venture for Ballet Ireland. Regarded as one of the greatest romantic ballets, the story of love and betrayal has stood the test of time and remains popular among contemporary audiences. Ludovic Ondiviela’s promise of approaching this classic ...

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