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
An unshowy show that reveals the workings of choreography itself – and makes for a rare and revelatory evening.
Designed to be playable anywhere from local theatres to village halls, Ben Wright’s choreographed play has small resources but creates a big world
A special mix of travesty, tribute and unselfconscious sincerity is the hallmark of the all-male Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised show
The omnivorous and eclectic choreographer who has died aged 88, represented the last of a historic line
A version of Carmen Jones set in revolutionary Cuba, with a heady mix of operatic arias, mambo, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms
Wayne McGregor on the genesis and the genetic composition of his recombinant dancework Autobiography
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
My randomly changing picks from the archive
What happens when dance abandons sheltered studios and theatres for the natural world? From the northernmost town on earth, I reflect on dancing in the wild.
The metaphor of travel in modern art
My entry in the Guardian's "Musicals we love" series, a delightful comedy with a serious message that puts dance up front
On repetition, endurance and godlessness in contemporary choreography
The mutant offspring of Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror – and not in a good way
Dance macabre with skeleton: Renata Piotrwoska-Auffret sidesteps the usual gendered depictions of dance and death
In which I am embraced by humanity, and then flinch from hugs.
What is a dance producer? What does it take to be one? I spoke to Farooq Chaudhry, Karthika Naïr and Anand Bhatt to find out more
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
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