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
An unshowy show that reveals the workings of choreography itself – and makes for a rare and revelatory evening.
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
My randomly changing picks from the archive
On the crossed histories and aesthetics of dance and figure skating
A site-specific commission at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, by Shobana Jeyasingh
Should you use words in dance? Or should you put a sock in it and let your feet do the talking?
Where does the inner conflict at the heart of flamenco come from?
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
The metaphor of travel in modern art
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.
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
Surgery, sexy? A kneebone with a funnybone? … Who knew?
There are no rules for learning choreography – or are there? Choreographers and choreography teachers talk from experience
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