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
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
On the crossed histories and aesthetics of dance and figure skating
Vandekeybus's combative, many-headed monster of a piece will mess with your head – and it's worth it
An extraordinary film about going for a walk that stops you in your tracks
Astonishing, unclassifiable work of dance theatre about an unrepresentable subject
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
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
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