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Until The Lions  –  Roundhouse, London

Director and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Akram Khan’s farewell continues and this week sees his last performances in his show Until The Lions, first seen at The Roundhouse in 2016. If this really is to be his final performance as a dancer then it’s a fitting and an emotional goodbye. In May of 2018, Khan danced his last ...

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Ballet Cymru – Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Dylan Thomas Music: Cerys Matthews MBE, Mason Neely Choreographer: Darius James, Amy Doughty Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Ballet Cymru’s festive offering is A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs, a reworking of the poems of Dylan Thomas by Cerys Matthews. Whilst spending Christmas in South Carolina in 2015, Matthews’ love of Dylan Thomas was reawakened and she was inspired to ...

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New Ground – Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds

Choreographers: Patricia Okenwa, Wayne Parsons, Amaury Lebrun and a selection of original student solo works Reviewer: Rich Jevons New Ground is a showcase of performance from second-year students on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) programme at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. For Patricia Okenwa's Becoming she explains: I am interested in the dynamics of pushing beyond where we know ...

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Dystopian Dream – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creators: Nitin Sawhney, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang  Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The adjective dystopian conjures up ruin and decay, barren landscapes housing only the occasional relic of happier times when perfection seemed possible. However, the dystopia created by musician Nitin Sawhney, and the dance company Wang Ramirez looks and sounds beautiful, but despite the multi-media content, their dystopia is also ...

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Aakash Odedra Company: #JeSuis – The Lowry, Salford

Concept and Choreography: Aakash Odedra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Aakash Odedra is a British contemporary dancer and choreographer with a solid background in classical Indian styles, especially Kathak. Like his mentor, Akram Khan, Odedra uses this background as a starting point: foundations on which to build ambitious work that moves on – perhaps in some ways redefines – those origins to ...

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Stunning – Windmill Theatre, London

Reviewer:  Richard Maguire London’s iconic Windmill Theatre may be more famous for its naked ladies, but for the next four Sundays ladies of another kind have taken over the stage. Stunning is a brand new revue night featuring singing and dancing by some of the fiercest and sexiest drag queens in the city. The three main performers – with no programme ...

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The Snowman – Peacock Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s dance adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s classic children’s story, and the film adaptation which has become a Christmas television staple, has itself become something of a London Yuletide tradition, having been presented at the Peacock Theatre every year since 1997. And while there are moments where one ...

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Rambert: Life is a Dream – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup Music: Witold Lutoslawksi Review: Dominic Corr Control, particularly to any auteur is their entire being. Where our vision cannot, will not and most likely should not collide with our realities. Rambert conveys Life is a Dreamas a narrative work, though in truth it is more akin to pure movement than theatre. An adaption of the 1635 play ...

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