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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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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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MaliphantWorks – The Print Room, London

Director / Choreographer: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a curious thing to revisit a role many years later; often it’s partly nostalgia for a happier time, partly a sense of unfinished business, and partly perhaps a test of a performer’s ability to still deliver years on. Kenneth Branagh may have given five Hamlets (four on stage and one on ...

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Lest We Forget – English National Ballet – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Less We Forget

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreography: Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Liam Scarlett Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Lest We Forget is a ‘poignant reflection’ on World War I, featuring three works expressing the experiences of those who fought the war, and those who stayed behind. The programme notes talk of the difficulty of connecting emotionally with events deeply rooted in our heritage ...

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Rising – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Aakash Odedra, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Music by: Jocelyn Pook, Andy Cowton and Olga Wojcieowska Lighting: Michael Hulls and Willy Cessa Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A solo dance show performed against pre-recorded music does not sound appealing; if nothing else you’d expect it to lack variety. This is one of a number of assumptions about Rising ...

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Akram Khan Company: DESH – The Lowry, Salford

Direction, choreography and performance: Akram Khan Reviewer: Peter Jacobs DESH means ‘homeland’ in Bengali. Akram Khan – one of Britain’s best-loved and most-celebrated contemporary choreographers and dance makers – although born in England is Bangladeshi. DESH is a full-length solo work that explores this dual identity from a very personal perspective but with an eye on the wider issues facing ...

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BalletBoyz: The Talent – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Directors: Michael Nunn OBE &William Trevitt OBE Choreography: Liam Scarlett &Russell Maliphant Music: Max Richter &Armand Amar Reviewer: Peter Jacobs When in 2010, a decade into the BalletBoyz story, it became clear that Michael Nunn and William Trevitt were nearing the end of their performing careers, they made the risky decision to stop dancing themselves and take their company ...

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The Rodin Project – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Russell Maliphant Music: Alexander Zekke Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:4] An Auguste Rodin-inspired dance show from award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant and Sadler’s Wells offers glimpses of sculptural beauty, and some astonishing skill at The Lowry, but perhaps too much reliance on statue stillness. The first act of The Rodin Project has obvious allusions to classical art: four columns of white ...

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