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
21st-century lens on 1980s vibe, krump extended into freewheeling jazz, and naturally eerie poetry
Hard-hitting attitude, stuff and more stuff, and a juggling lec-dem
#shetoo, love’s labours, and a social web
On voices, parts, and playing parts in the many-limbed choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Chakra-channellings and a triploid tantra in a trance-like trio at the 2018 Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid
The flapping of foil and the wearing of y-fronts in a female duet that leads… where? Eduardo Zúñiga’s At Last, at the 2018 Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid
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
A dance work about the world flu pandemic that killed millions at the end of the first world war suggests a humanity invaded
Searing performances by Cojocaru and Caley, and brilliant choreography by MacMillan, in a narrative that would flunk the Bechdel test
An unshowy show that reveals the workings of choreography itself – and makes for a rare and revelatory evening.
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Where does the inner conflict at the heart of flamenco come from?
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
A beautifully designed book, with typography and imagery that reflect Butcher's own dancework
The German company perform a trio of suspenseful, deadpan and always sparkling works by William Forsythe
Looking back to the early works of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas
Is dance horror a Thing? I peek through my fingers at stage and screen, both riveted and repulsed by what I see…
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatre
The Israeli choreographer led youth groups in an exhilarating open-air performance to celebrate the gory, glorious history of London’s East End
What happens when dance abandons sheltered studios and theatres for the natural world? From the northernmost town on earth, I reflect on dancing in the wild.
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