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Benji Reid in The Devil Has Quentin’s Heart

The opportunity to see the Manchester-based performer Benji Reid is always one to be taken. A fine exponent of body popping and other hip hop and break dancing styles, Reid’s exceptional facility lies in the ability to take his slim, lanky body – it appears at times almost goofy and rubbery – and craft movement […]

BalletLORENT in Blood, Sweat and Tears and Northern Ballet in Swan Lake

Liv Lorent is not a choreographer afraid of dealing with intensely personal emotions. Her company’s new work Blood, Sweat and Tears, which premiered in Newcastle in January and is now embarked upon a national tour, took shape from her own experiences of becoming a first-time mother and tells of those early joy-and-terror-filled stages of parenthood. […]

Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo in Sense of Self

Sense of Self At the opening of Sense of Self, the new duet from Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo, one of the performers, dressed in a red velvet evening frock, her face obscured by a guerrilla mask, smashes a pile of plates into a large cardboard box. Such frustration at having to do the dishes […]

Christmas and New Year dance in Germany

Maryinsky Ballet in La Sylphide and a Gala Performance – December 27 & 28, 2009 Stuttgart Ballet and Opera in Orphée et Euridice – December 29, 2009 Berlin Staatsballett in The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky – January 1 & 5, 2010 Hamburg Ballet in Christmas Oratorio – January 3, 2010

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