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Encounters Festival – Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

Reviewer: Jane Austwick Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance, sums up the aims and intentions of the Encounters Festival: Yorkshire Dance is building a community of activists – from all walks of life – around performances addressing some of the big questions of our age. Encounters has brought together inspiring dance artists with a diverse crowd to share food, ...

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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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The Trench – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Oliver Lansley Directors: Oliver Lansley and James Seager Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, it feels an appropriate time to revive Les Enfants Terribles’ 2012 show The Trench, set in the muddy battlefields of World War I – and far below them. Lansley’s script takes the form of an epic poem: the combination of battle ...

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The Unreturning – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettle Reviewer: James Eves War takes its toll on everyone it touches, no matter who you are or when you fight. It doesn’t discriminate and it does not hold back, and this is exactly what Anna Jordan's production, The Unreturning very much succeeds in highlighting. We follow the stories of George, Frankie and brothers Nat ...

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Clod Ensemble: Placebo – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Since their inception in 1995 Clod Ensemble have earned a reputation for creating challenging, interrogative, multi-disciplinary work that blends music, movement, dance, theatre and live art and metamorphoses between conventional theatrical spaces, sited work, galleries and public spaces. Placebo is their third appearance at The Lowry following on from their memorable appearance ...

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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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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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