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
Counted (and countless) gestures form Boris Charmatz’s Boschian vision of earthly delights – or a world of profanities
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
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Dance macabre with skeleton: Renata Piotrowska-Auffret sidesteps the usual gendered depictions of dance and death
Adventures in time at Darbar Festival's first sortie into Indian classical dance
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
On the (r)evolving work of Trisha Brown
The metaphor of travel in modern art
On voices, parts, and playing parts in the many-limbed choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Astonishing, unclassifiable work of dance theatre about an unrepresentable subject
The Israeli choreographer led youth groups in an exhilarating open-air performance to celebrate the gory, glorious history of London’s East End
A Romeo and Juliet that is, BTW, both OMG! and WTF?, IMHO… so there!
Kim Brandstrup’s mysterious take on Calderón’s 17th-century play is set in an illusory world of doppelgangers, alter egos and unstable duets
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