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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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L-E-V: Love Chapter 2 – Sadler’s Wells, London

Directors: Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Sharon Eyal has become known for highly rhythmic dance work. Her last venture at Sadler’s Wells, where she is an associate artist, was the superb Used to Be Blonde for National Youth Dance Company, a show which used NYDC’s large number of dancers to great effect. Her latest work, for the six-person ...

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Boys – HOME, Manchester

Devised by The Pappy Show Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin What makes up a man; his heritage, his parents, his relationships, his strength, his heart, his abs, his endurance, his mind? Boys is a fun, cheeky, timely, physical, theatrical exploration of manhood performed by a talented cast of young men of colour. The show could be seen as a messy mix of ...

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Wild Card: Obibini – Saddlers Wells, London

Artistic Director: Kwame Asafo-Adjei Reviewer: Sophia Moss A man in ragged clothes and dreadlocks slithers across the floor making rasping noises that make him look like a cross between a snake and a zombie. Four men in loincloths leap from the toilet area and surround him. The audience surround them as they fight, walk and dance. Their sweaty faces are sometimes ...

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National Youth Dance Company: Used to be Blonde – Sadler’s Wells, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Sharon Eyal Reviewer: Scott Matthewman NYDC’s remit is to create innovative and influential dance, bringing together young dance talent from across England. Under the direction of their 2017-18guest artistic director, Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, Used to be Blonde brings together 41 dancers, most aged from 16 to 18, to form an hour-long piece of pulsing dance. Driven ...

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Candoco: Face In/Let’s Talk About Dis – Sadler’s Wells, London

Directors and Choreographers: Yasmeen Godder (Face In), Hetain Patel (Let’s Talk About Dis) Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Candoco’s new double bill pairs a new piece – Yasmeen Godder’s Face In, which the company premiered last autumn – with Hetain Patel’s 2014 work Let’s Talk About Dis. Together, they form a powerful statement about the direction of the company of disabled and ...

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Stepmother/Stepfather – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer/Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Andrea Allen Like your fairytales with a nice ending? Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance folklore inspired double-bill Stepmother / Stepfather is as far from all smiles as it gets. If you’re expecting a comforting, feel-good evening with a few pliés and twirls, you’d best leave now. Inspired by Country Death Song, a song by folk punk band ...

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – The Grand, Leeds

Creator, Producer and Director: Michael Flatley Choreography: Michael Flatley Composer: Gerard Fahy Reviewer: Ruth Jepson The original Lord of the Dance blazed onto the stage a shocking 20 years ago, with Michael Flatley's fast feet setting the world on fire as audiences hungered to experience the jaw-dropping Irish dancing skills of him and his cast. The show has gone through ...

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