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Tales of the Turntable – Southbank Centre, London

Choreographer and Director: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille Reviewer: Richard Maguire Slickly choreographed and featuring a host of talented youngsters, Tales of the Turntable hip hops its way to the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, but perhaps a little too slickly for its own good. Set pieces are immaculately performed but often the precision of the moves is clinical. Eric lives with his grandfather, ...

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Alpha Who? – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Franco Director: Gail Sixsmith Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The statistic that in the UK, every week 84 men take their own lives is high in the publicity for performance artist Matt Franco’s meditation on the male psyche. An explanation of why that may be might look at the expectations of “masculinity”, the toxicity of such expectations and how tempting ...

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Dirty Dancing – Leeds Grand

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Frederico Bellone Supervising Musical Director: Richard John Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Janet Jepson It starts with a beat, and you know you’re in for a treat. The classic story Dirty Dancing is touring stages throughout the UK, and crowds are flocking. There’s just something so special about this heart-warming story that brings audiences to their feet ...

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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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