writing on dance
Welcome to my catalogue of writing on dance – a searchable, referenced, linked-up and pretty much complete collection of more than 800 of my published writings on dance (+ a bit more), dating back to 1994. Feel free to jump in.
Latest published articles on the archive
Podcast marking 30 years of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Episode 3. On site-specific works made for a church, a Venetian hall and a courtyard filled with fountains
Not so much a play as a kind of staged music, Tao of Glass is a sublime, intimate and heart-filling encounter between words, puppetry, drama and music
Playing dress-up, Trajal Harrell’s tenuous tribute to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’s Maggie the Cat proves wearing
Dancers, actors and digital animation combine for a spectacle in an old railway depot, while Alphabus flexes its muscles at Manchester International Festival
Ingun Bjørnsgaard creates a bleak poetic triptych of portraits of three of Ibsen’s female characters
Three dances with differing tones and temperament, including Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces and Ruth Brill’s Peter and the Wolf, make for an ambiguous show
B-movie ballet: Sergei Polunin revives Russian villain Rasputin, suffers with Nijinsky, and tackles toxic masculinity with a pineapple
Podcast marking 30 years of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Episode 2: Faultline. The “unsettled” status of a work made in the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings
London spring seasonal roundup review for Dance International magazine
At Aerowaves 2019 Spring Forward festival I noticed a choreographic structure which I interpret as: life is more of the same, then you die
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Suspiria leads a crop of new films that track a dance troupe along a path of mounting horror. It’s no surprise – dance has age-old links to dread, delusion and death
What have Ravel's only two operas in common? Nothing – except the death of a parent
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
Vandekeybus's combative, many-headed monster of a piece will mess with your head – and it's worth it
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatre
The metaphor of travel in modern art
What is a dance producer? What does it take to be one? I spoke to Farooq Chaudhry, Karthika Naïr and Anand Bhatt to find out more
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
On voices, parts, and playing parts in the many-limbed choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
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