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Flirt With Reality – Peacock Theatre, London

Choreographer: David Middendorp Reviewer: Richard Maguire From Britain’s Got Talent to the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells’ more populist venue, is not a bad career move. And David Middendorp’s company Another Kind of Blue certainly repeats the spectacle that saw it reach the semi-final of the talent show in 2016, and, in a different guise, the semi-final of America’s Got Talent ...

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The Mother – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Director and Choreographer: Arthur Pita  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Hans Christian Andersen’s short story The Story of a Mother details the extent one woman will go to to find her baby after it has been taken by Death. Arthur Pita’s translation of the work to the stage, premiering at the Southbank Centre, transposes the tale to a large, but rundown, Russian ...

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WildCard: Stefan Jovanović – Constellations – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Stefan Jovanovic Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Would you like to dance?” asks a short woman with curly black hair, white face paint and a loose-fitting white shirt. Constellations begins with dancing, singing and audience participation. A male performer, with a white painted face and matching dress, sings a melody made up entirely of “heeeey” cries, while the other performers circulate, asking ...

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Russell Maliphant: Silent Lines – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Russell Maliphant Dance Company was established in 1996. In the intervening years, the company have received two Olivier awards, three South Bank Show awards and three Critics’ Circle National Dance awards for best modern choreography and one for best independent company, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations. Russell Maliphant's work is ...

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Scottish Dance Theatre Double Bill – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer: Colette Sader and Emanuel Gat Reviewer: Dominic Corr Emerging from their home in Dundee, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) highlights the versatility of the artform. Each dancer capable of stripping back pre-conceived notions of gender or ritual, maintaining dignity while delivering powerful displays of passion and skill. Seeking to communicate the celebration of diversity through high-quality dance across the world. ...

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Rambert2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer:  Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Reviewer: Dominic Corr Eight hundred hopefuls from across the globe applied to the fresh, younger sibling of the long-established Rambert. This sister corporation – Rambert2, would accept a mere thirteen of the exceptional dancers. Focusing on this new talent, Rambert2 showcases their abilities to shape the future of movement ...

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Shift  – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Performers: Barely Methodical Troupe Directors: Melissa Ellberger, Ella Robson Guilfoyle, and the cast Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In a show full of tumbles, throws and acrobatics, it may be surprising that the overall impression is one of gentleness. In Shift, Barely Methodical Troupe demonstrates how much joy can come from play and yet accompanying this joy is an undercurrent of melancholy. ...

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Wayne McGregor: Autobiography – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Jlin Choreographer: Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers Reviewer: Jo Beggs McGregor’s autobiographical piece, which premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival, is something of a new take on the re-telling of a life. Having sequenced his own genome and selected twenty-three memorable life moments, McGregor has created an episodic work that, like life, is visceral, lyrical, chaotic, ...

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