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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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JV2 / 2019 – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: David Lloyd, Maria Doulgeri and Jasmin Vardimon Artistic Director: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For seven years Jasmin Vardimon’s company has offered educational development for young dancers and choreographers, while providing opportunities to showcase new work to the public. The JV triple bill premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2016 and now Vardimon returns with JV2 / 2019a second selection ...

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Men & Girls Dance – The Place, London

Directors:  Sam Butler and David Harradine Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In our paranoid times any adult interaction with children is always up for misinterpretation with the result that adults and children often remain within separate spheres. Fevered Sleep, the company behind Men & Girls Dance, believes that this intergenerational division is particularly damaging to men. Because men are more likely to ...

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Morph Dance Company: Woven – The Lowry, Salford  

Choreographers: Subhash Viman Gorania, Chitraleka Bolar and Saju Hari Composers: Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As the title suggests The Morph Dance Company’s Woven mingles classical Indian dance with contemporary techniques. The curtain raiser Devi, choreographed by Subhash Viman Gorania, is very much a traditional dance. Members of The Pushpanjali Dance Company use their bodies to form living ...

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Vessel  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer:  Damien Jalet Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Choreographer Damien Jalet’s collaboration with Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa begins so darkly you might wish that you’d brought along your night vision goggles. But out of this darkness come images alien and otherworldly that both frustrate and delight, and although there are seven dancers on stage it is impossible, in the gloom, to see ...

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Pepperland – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Mark Morris Music: Original songs by The Beatles, composition by Ethan Iverson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band ends just where Pepperland begins with that notoriously extended chord. To start – if your attendance this evening hopes for a juke-box style musical with dance, then best not hold your breath. Mark Morris Dance Group brings us ...

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OneTwoThreeOneTwo –Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreography: Albert Quesada, Zoltán Vakulya  Reviewer: Gus Mitchell OneTwoThreeOneTwo, featured in the Lilian Baylis studio Sadler’s Wells for only two performances, is a startling and thought-provoking hour of dance. It features two male performers, the Spanish Albert Quesada (originator of the concept) and Hungarian Zoltán Vakulya, co-choreographers, as they probe both the depths and surfaces of flamenco music, dance, as ...

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