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
Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised show
A version of Carmen Jones set in revolutionary Cuba, with a heady mix of operatic arias, mambo, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms
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
Southpaw’s open-air work combines the combative prowess of its performers with a mythic theme and an awesome auto-combustion
The German company perform a trio of suspenseful, deadpan and always sparkling works by William Forsythe
A hundred community performers join in this hit-and-miss dance-theatre collaboration
Can a tremor become a quake? A ragged, raging piece that pins its hope on the sound of one finger tapping…
Strong performance and striking imagery mask a more fragile dramatic structure in Akram Khan’s Xenos.
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Both man and music are small, perfectly formed and bigger on the inside. My "hommage à Ravel" to mark the composer’s birthday on 7 March
An extraordinary film about going for a walk that stops you in your tracks
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
What have Ravel's only two operas in common? Nothing – except the death of a parent
The late actor's classical dance training helped him smoulder as a romantic hero on stage and screen
On the (r)evolving work of Trisha Brown
The almost bewildering multiplicity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work comes from personal history, and a vision of choreography as a social art
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
The metaphor of travel in modern art
On repetition, endurance and godlessness in contemporary choreography
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