writing on dance
Welcome to my catalogue of writing on dance – a searchable, referenced, linked-up and pretty much complete collection of more than 780 of my published writings on dance (+ a bit more), dating back to 1994. Feel free to jump in.
Latest published articles on the archive
Designed to be playable anywhere from local theatres to village halls, Ben Wright’s choreographed play has small resources but creates a big world
A special mix of travesty, tribute and unselfconscious sincerity is the hallmark of the all-male Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised show
The omnivorous and eclectic choreographer who has died aged 88, represented the last of a historic line
A version of Carmen Jones set in revolutionary Cuba, with a heady mix of operatic arias, mambo, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms
Wayne McGregor on the genesis and the genetic composition of his recombinant dancework Autobiography
The Israeli choreographer led youth groups in an exhilarating open-air performance to celebrate the gory, glorious history of London’s East End
The sun shone on the open-air Dancing City at Greenwich & Docklands Festival, with Cia Moveo and Jesús Rubio Gamo (Spain), and UK's Candoco, Gandini Juggling Project, Humanhood and more
Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s The Statement is the choreographic standout in a company of superb dancers
Southpaw’s open-air work combines the combative prowess of its performers with a mythic theme and an awesome auto-combustion
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatre
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
Surgery, sexy? A kneebone with a funnybone? … Who knew?
Strong performance and striking imagery mask a more fragile dramatic structure in Akram Khan’s Xenos.
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
On repetition, endurance and godlessness in contemporary choreography
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
Commanding, challenging, enlightening and uplifting: a programme of dance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and music by Steve Reich
On the (r)evolving work of Trisha Brown
Enlightening, exhilarating and exasperating in equal measure, Jill Johnston's collected criticism is a window onto a mythical decade, the 60s
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