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Barbican Weekender

Posted on March 1, 2011

This weekend, the Barbican hosts a jam-packed programme of theatre, dance, music, film, food, visual art and spoken word, with free events for all ages.


The Little Theatre of Dolls tell bizarre and beautiful stories on the FreeStage, the Whalley Range All Stars perform inside a 30-foot long sleeping pig, the BBC Symphony Orchestra surround you with sound installations, there’s a pop-up boutique from East London nail bar Wah Nails and the Barbican Art Gallery presents pioneers of the Downtown Scene of 1970s New York, including choreographer Trisha Brown. In Saturday’s special LATES night, the foyers stay open, with events and performances including a Silent Disco, social networking bingo and Crafternoon Tea Club’s Fash Mash – a swap shop with a difference. See for details. 

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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