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
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
B-movie ballet: Sergei Polunin revives Russian villain Rasputin, suffers with Nijinsky, and tackles toxic masculinity with a pineapple
Podcast marking 30 years of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Episode 2: Faultline. The “unsettled” status of a work made in the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings
London spring seasonal roundup review for Dance International magazine
My randomly changing picks from the archive
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
On repetition, endurance and godlessness in contemporary choreography
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
The metaphor of travel in modern art
Enlightening, exhilarating and exasperating in equal measure, Jill Johnston's collected criticism is a window onto a mythical decade, the 60s
Vandekeybus's combative, many-headed monster of a piece will mess with your head – and it's worth it
Should you use words in dance? Or should you put a sock in it and let your feet do the talking?
Where does the inner conflict at the heart of flamenco come from?
The late actor's classical dance training helped him smoulder as a romantic hero on stage and screen
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