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
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.
Two men embark on an expedition inside the body and beyond the mind, in Jefta van Dinther’s psychedelic Dark Field Analysis
Three farewells and one step forward - my roundup of the London spring 2018 season for Dance International magazine
Designed to be playable anywhere from local theatres to village halls, Ben Wright’s choreographed play has small resources but creates a big world
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Kim Brandstrup’s mysterious take on Calderón’s 17th-century play is set in an illusory world of doppelgangers, alter egos and unstable duets
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
After a summer of West End shows, I understand that dance in musicals is often designed to be looked through rather than at
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
A site-specific commission at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, by Shobana Jeyasingh
Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatre
Looking back to the early works of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas
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