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
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.
Jigs, folk music and melancholic messages marked this seafront revival of Stopgap Dance Company’s poetic open-air show.
Kim Brandstrup’s mysterious take on Calderón’s 17th-century play is set in an illusory world of doppelgangers, alter egos and unstable duets
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.
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
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
Where does the inner conflict at the heart of flamenco come from?
On repetition, endurance and godlessness in contemporary choreography
The weird appeal of Glee, plus my top 10 season 1 numbers, and a look at a real-life Glee club
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
A beautifully designed book, with typography and imagery that reflect Butcher's own dancework
After a summer of West End shows, I understand that dance in musicals is often designed to be looked through rather than at
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