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
B-movie ballet: Sergei Polunin revives Russian villain Rasputin, suffers with Nijinsky, and tackles toxic masculinity with a pineapple
At Aerowaves 2019 Spring Forward festival I noticed a choreographic structure which I interpret as: life is more of the same, then you die
Lithe and dynamic dancers, and a profusion of sights, sounds and sensations in Dog without Feathers by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker
Mixing dance, song and speech, Luca Silvestrini’s production of Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story is full of charm but softens its ambivalence
Lightweight take on ‘Europe’ riffing on the commonalities and incomprehensions between Finnish and Hungarian national(ist) cultures
Flora Détraz’s Dada quartet is surreal, clockwork and cloud cuckoo land
Courtly gestures and jesterly attitude – but who is the joke on?
Crackpot sci-fi and retro technomysticism in a piece that neither goes the full Star Trek nor finds a mission of its own
Rooted in traditional Greek dancing, the choreography blooms when it abandons folky footwork for Russell Maliphant’s more characteristically elastic moves
Cathy Marston’s new ballet about Queen Victoria and her daughter Beatrice is outstandingly choreographed, cinematically scored and danced with nuance
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Is dance horror a Thing? I peek through my fingers at stage and screen, both riveted and repulsed by what I see…
Enlightening, exhilarating and exasperating in equal measure, Jill Johnston's collected criticism is a window onto a mythical decade, the 60s
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
The weird appeal of Glee, plus my top 10 season 1 numbers, and a look at a real-life Glee club
Adventures in time at Darbar Festival's first sortie into Indian classical dance
Wuzz-up, booty-bounce, rock-on-rock-on – on dancing Thriller and getting in touch with my inner zombie
Surgery, sexy? A kneebone with a funnybone? … Who knew?
On the crossed histories and aesthetics of dance and figure skating
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.
Black Swan is just the latest in a long line of ballet films that thrive on melodrama and horror
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