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
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
At Aerowaves 2019 Spring Forward festival I noticed a choreographic structure which I interpret as: life is more of the same, then you die
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
Astonishing, unclassifiable work of dance theatre about an unrepresentable subject
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
On the crossed histories and aesthetics of dance and figure skating
The late actor's classical dance training helped him smoulder as a romantic hero on stage and screen
Wuzz-up, booty-bounce, rock-on-rock-on – on dancing Thriller and getting in touch with my inner zombie
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatre
Should you use words in dance? Or should you put a sock in it and let your feet do the talking?
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
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