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
At Aerowaves 2019 Spring Forward festival I noticed a choreographic structure which I interpret as: life is more of the same, then you die
Lithe and dynamic dancers, and a profusion of sights, sounds and sensations in Dog without Feathers by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker
Mixing dance, song and speech, Luca Silvestrini’s production of Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story is full of charm but softens its ambivalence
Lightweight take on ‘Europe’ riffing on the commonalities and incomprehensions between Finnish and Hungarian national(ist) cultures
Flora Détraz’s Dada quartet is surreal, clockwork and cloud cuckoo land
Courtly gestures and jesterly attitude – but who is the joke on?
Crackpot sci-fi and retro technomysticism in a piece that neither goes the full Star Trek nor finds a mission of its own
Rooted in traditional Greek dancing, the choreography blooms when it abandons folky footwork for Russell Maliphant’s more characteristically elastic moves
Cathy Marston’s new ballet about Queen Victoria and her daughter Beatrice is outstandingly choreographed, cinematically scored and danced with nuance
Dimitris Papaioannou’s work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is packed with finely drawn imagery but sketchy on character
My randomly changing picks from the archive
The Israeli choreographer led youth groups in an exhilarating open-air performance to celebrate the gory, glorious history of London’s East End
The German company perform a trio of suspenseful, deadpan and always sparkling works by William Forsythe
Strong performance and striking imagery mask a more fragile dramatic structure in Akram Khan’s Xenos.
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
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
Two men embark on an expedition inside the body and beyond the mind, in Jefta van Dinther’s psychedelic Dark Field Analysis
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
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