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International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010

Co-artistic director David Massingham admits to having had more than a few concerns when the volcanic ash cloud descended just four days before the second biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham was due to open. “Things got quite nerve-wracking for a few days,” he said. Fortunately most of the artists were already in the UK, others […]

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Susan & Darren, an Event with Dancing

Darren Pritchard is a tall and wiry dancer with very long legs and a shaven head; Susan Pritchard is small and round, with short blonde hair. Although physically unalike, the pair share facial features. Mother and son live together in a house in Salford, and the performance piece created about them by Quarantine and Company […]

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Paul Taylor Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group

Paul Taylor Dance Company, City Center, New York – February 24-March 14, 2010Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – February 23-27, 2010 By Jack Anderson

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Sarasota Ballet’s Mixed Bill

Paquita grand pas,Othello,Boutique  

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Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet at the Palais Garnier

With its grand staircase decorated with colourful bouquets, its ceiling bathed in scarlet light, and the horsetail-crested soldiers of the Garde Républicaine impeccably aligned on its steps, it was clear as soon as one entered the Palais Garnier that the evening of December 16 was meant to be extra special. Organised by the Association pour […]

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Le Cirque Invisible at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Husband and wife duo Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée and Victoria Chaplin are, on the face of it, an odd pairing. He is your archetypal barmy old man with a head of unruly white curls, bulging eyes and a grin so wide it looks as though it’s been drawn on; she is the silent, ageless beauty with long, […]

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Ballet Boyz II

Ballet Boyz II: The Next Generation in Laws of Motion Gene Kelly danced in the rain, and anyone proposing to dance in the open air in the UK should be prepared to do the same. However, a gentle downpour and a wet concrete surface following some hours of rain, prevented Ballet Boyz II from giving […]

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Peter Schaufuss Company in Marilyn

Marilyn, The Story of the Silver Screen Goddess Marilyn, the latest “dancical” presented for a limited run by Peter Schaufuss at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, is based on the life of screen legend Marilyn Monroe. This is the most recent in a series of celebrity-based full-length works that the company has been […]

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Tilted Productions in TrAPPED

TrAPPED In the German Democratic Republic-inspired police state of monitored conversations and constant surveillance in Tilted Productions’ TrAPPED, a banana is not just a banana. Bitten into a phallic shape by a guard, it is then hypnotically wound round a woman’s neck and shoulders or used as a telephone and recording device before being finally […]

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The Red Balloon at the Linbury Studio Theatre

So far, family shows have been the biggest dance success at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Following Will Tuckett’s dance/theatre hybrids – The Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio – Aletta Collins has created a show without words, mixing dance with puppetry. It’s a simple, bouncy tale, most vivid in the interaction between people and puppets.

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State of Emergency in Mission Possible: Dads & Lads Move! at The Place

State of Emergency presented a new show, Mission Possible: Dads & Lads Move! at The Place on March 3. Consisting of three individual works created by three black UK choreographers, the evening sought to “expose the male psyche” and aimed at putting “male relationships under the microscope, exploring role models and exposing male perspectives on […]

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Hofesh Shechter at The Roundhouse

Uprising, In Your Rooms None of the usual theatrical warnings about switching off your mobiles tonight. Camera phones were sparking all over the place at the Roundhouse in north London, where Hofesh Shechter was storming though a double bill that was more rock gig than dancehouse offering.

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