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East Wall: Storm the Tower  –  Tower of London, London

Director:  Hofesh Shechter Choreographers: Hofesh Shechter, Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, James Finnemore, and Joseph Toonga Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Marching bands and dancing clowns come to the Tower of London in the last event of this year’s successful Lift Festival. Directed by Hofesh Shechter, the most exciting choreographer of recent years, East Wall is a dance extravaganza at one of the world’s ...

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Latitude Festival: NYDC – Used to be Blonde, Waterfront Stage

Artistic Director: Sharon Eyal Reviewer: Robin Winters The National Youth Dance Company have, in previous years, occupied the final slot of the weekend on the Waterfront and closed down Sadler's Wells dance proceedings in style; but this year they arrive in droves to perform to a Saturday afternoon audience. With the last few years' offerings being highly rated, and Latitude ...

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Latitude Festival: Windrush | Movement of the people – Waterfront Stage

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Reviewer: Robin Winters Internationally acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre certainly win the prize for most set and props on the Waterfront Stage so far at this year's Latitude; with screens for wardrobe changes, crates, cases, boxes, washing lines and a sofa all being hauled onto the platform before the performance begins. By way of commemorating the 70th ...

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Whist – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creators: Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Dance company AOE have created an hour-long virtual reality experience inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud and artist Shuji Terayama, in which audience members move through a gallery space, watching a series of films that explore elements of Freudian psychology. In the ruins of a grand house, three performers (Robert ...

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Roberta Jean: Brocade – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Roberta Jean Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Appreciating dance so often resides in the creation of beautiful movement, as well as the control and intricacy with which the performer conveys meaning or narrative. Rarely do we appreciate the considerable power of the dancer, their ability to deliver rigorous routines and maintain their physical strength night after night. Roberta Jean’s ...

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Xenos  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Performer and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s rare that dancers become household names, but Akram Khan is familiar to many, especially since his appearance at the London Olympic opening ceremony in 2012. He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years:  among them, actor Juliette Binoche, writer Hanif Kureishi and even singer Kylie Minogue. At the ...

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Wild Card: Humanhood – Sadler’s Wells, London

Curator: Humanhood Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Wild Card series at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells never fails to surprise. On these nights the studio space is given over to emerging dance-makers, who, in turn, bring along their collaborators. As curators of this night, Birmingham based dance company Humanhood seek to destabilise our expectations. Engaging with other art forms, and ...

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