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Akram Khan Company: Until The Lions, Roundhouse, London

AKRAM KHAN AND CHING-YING CHIEN IN UNTIL THE LIONS

Writer: Karthika Naïr Choreographer: Akram Khan Artistic Director: Akram Khan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Writer and poet Karthika Naïr’s forthcoming new book, Until the Lions, examines the tales of some of the underserved female characters within the sprawling Sanskrit tale of the Mahabharata. Akram Khan, who made his professional debut aged 13 in Peter Brook’s staging of the epic tale, has ...

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Puffball – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director: Mark Storor Music: Jules Maxwell Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Puffball opens with a bizarre stage picture. One man lies face down with flour dropping down steadily on to him from above. A woman stands in a child’s bath and empties a metal box of water over herself. A man cocooned in a plastic womb hung from a trapeze goes ...

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Belonging – Roundhouse, London

Director: Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a collaboration between Graeae which specialises in placing deaf and disabled artists in centre stageand Circo Crescer e Vivier, a social programme based in Rio de Janeiro focusing on circus performances. Part of CircusFest 2014, this brings together ten performances from both countries with their respective sign language interpreters. ...

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She Would Walk the Sky – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer Music: Sue Simpson, Trent Arkleysmith Director: Chelsea McGuffin Reviewer: Mary Halton Another stunning and highly stylised offering from the creators of last year’s Cantina; She Would Walk the Sky is fantasy and circus wrapped in a fairytale. Telling the story of the Red River House, in which an odd family of circus performers are “part of an ...

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CircusFest La Meute – Roundhouse, London

Creator/director: Compagnie La Meute Reviewer: Christopher Hong Six strapping men dressed only in skillfully wrapped towel nappies that manage to hang on through an hour of acrobatics, and only just. Their forte is the French Swing, a modified version of the Russian Swing with a smaller platform, giving it a portability that is utilised to the full. When anchored, it ...

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The Worst of Scottee – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Scottee Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Rob Cottingham The Worst of Scottee is an interesting piece. A one-man show that was originally performed in Edinburgh is now on at the Roundhouse for two weeks. From a photo-booth on stage the performer Scottee relates some of the most shameful and embarrassing episodes from his past and finds people who knew him ...

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Fuerzabruta – Roundhouse, London

Creator/Artistic Director: Diqui James Musical Director: Gaby Kerpel Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Fuerzabruta has been touring the world since it originated in Buenos Aires in 2005, and it is much the same show returning to London after a sell out run last year. A man is seen running furiously on a treadmill in the center of the auditorium while dodging ...

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Bianco ~ Nofit State – Roundhouse, London

Director: Firenza Guidi Reviewer: Leon Paul [rating:5] Bianco is a truly spectacular piece of theatre. During a show such as this, one always looks for the changes between moments of action, but this production neatly &beautifully transitions between one exceptional performance &another. Even the more complicated segues are dealt with my pulling the audience’s focus to another area of the ...

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