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
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.
Two men embark on an expedition inside the body and beyond the mind, in Jefta van Dinther’s psychedelic Dark Field Analysis
Three farewells and one step forward - my roundup of the London spring 2018 season for Dance International magazine
Designed to be playable anywhere from local theatres to village halls, Ben Wright’s choreographed play has small resources but creates a big world
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Black Swan is just the latest in a long line of ballet films that thrive on melodrama and horror
The almost bewildering multiplicity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work comes from personal history, and a vision of choreography as a social art
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
Adventures in time at Darbar Festival's first sortie into Indian classical dance
A site-specific commission at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, by Shobana Jeyasingh
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
Surgery, sexy? A kneebone with a funnybone? … Who knew?
Should you use words in dance? Or should you put a sock in it and let your feet do the talking?
Commanding, challenging, enlightening and uplifting: a programme of dance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and music by Steve Reich
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
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