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
A searing work by hip-hop duo Boy Blue turns the stage into a mindscape of black depression, but – like depression itself – can become heavy-handed
Mickey-Mousing the music becomes into a cartoonishly gleeful combination of skill and vitality in Rosie Kay’s OTT Fantasia
Podcast marking 30 years of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Episode 4. On Blade Runner and Terminator 3, plus cell division, robotics and the flu…
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
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Surgery, sexy? A kneebone with a funnybone? … Who knew?
What is a dance producer? What does it take to be one? I spoke to Farooq Chaudhry, Karthika Naïr and Anand Bhatt to find out more
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
On voices, parts, and playing parts in the many-limbed choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Strong performance and striking imagery mask a more fragile dramatic structure in Akram Khan’s Xenos.
At Aerowaves 2019 Spring Forward festival I noticed a choreographic structure which I interpret as: life is more of the same, then you die
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
Skill, beauty, poetry, emotion – the guy’s an artist. Watch these clips to see for yourself
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
Adventures in time at Darbar Festival's first sortie into Indian classical dance
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