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
21st-century lens on 1980s vibe, krump extended into freewheeling jazz, and naturally eerie poetry
Hard-hitting attitude, stuff and more stuff, and a juggling lec-dem
#shetoo, love’s labours, and a social web
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.
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Where does the inner conflict at the heart of flamenco come from?
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
A Romeo and Juliet that is, BTW, both OMG! and WTF?, IMHO… so there!
There are no rules for learning choreography – or are there? Choreographers and choreography teachers talk from experience
What have Ravel's only two operas in common? Nothing – except the death of a parent
A beautifully designed book, with typography and imagery that reflect Butcher's own dancework
A site-specific commission at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, by Shobana Jeyasingh
Skill, beauty, poetry, emotion – the guy’s an artist. Watch these clips to see for yourself
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
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