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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Backbone review at Southbank Centre, London – ‘bold, colourful circus show exploring notions of strength’ by Anna Winter

Backbone, by Australian circus company Gravity and Other Myths, derives some of its strength from upending our big-top expectations. There’s a false

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Artist review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘Artful, inventive and playful’ by Anna Winter

Circus performer and clown Thom Monckton makes an art form out of dawdling around in this deft and almost perfectly paced solo

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Friday, August 10, 2018

May I Speak About Dance? review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘strange, funny and educational’ by Anna Winter

A hefty gold dildo makes a star turn in choreographer Boaz Barkan’s eccentric lecture-performance May I Speak About Dance? The shimmering phallus in

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cock, Cock… Who’s There? review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating and unsettling’ by Anna Winter

Five years ago, Finnish-born filmmaker Samira Elagoz was raped by her then-boyfriend. In the aftermath, she records conversations with her friends, mother

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Casus: You and I review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘circus, magic and a touch of tango’ by Anna Winter

You and I is a likeable, personal show by Casus co-founders and off-stage partners Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAulay that celebrates and

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘fancy footwork and frivolity’ by Anna Winter

Cha-cha heels and cheese abound in Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom, a cheerful hour-long exhibition of glitzy costumes, snappy technique and

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Cold Blood at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Exquisitely clever show with dancing fingers’ by Anna Winter

Cold Blood is something truly special. Like Kiss and Cry Collective’s eponymous first show, which was also the brainchild of film-maker Jaco

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Giselle by Ballet Ireland review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘full-blooded reimagining staged with zeal’ by Anna Winter

Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela recasts Giselle as a modern horror, complete with a mortuary scene, in this ambitious and atmospheric full-length ballet (the

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Monday, August 6, 2018

A Clown Show About Rain review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘gently poignant’ by Anna Winter

There are galoshes, buckets and cuppas galore in A Clown Show About Rain, a gently poignant piece of physical theatre about the

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The Spinners review – goddesses on a quietly stunning odyssey by Anna Winter

Dance Base, EdinburghThe three Fates of Greek mythology preside over human destiny from a cosmic sweatshop in this captivating piece of dance-theatreThe Spinners, a collaboration between Sco…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Jungle review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘crass, baffling dance-drama’ by Anna Winter

Pink Mama Theatre’s Jungle purports to be about the legacy of colonialism. It is baffling, tedious and momentously misguided. For 45 minutes,

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Wrongheaded review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘subtle and poignant’ by Anna Winter

Two female dancers tread gingerly across an empty space. Beneath them, a video projection on the floor displays fleeting images of stark

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This Is the Title review – elegant b-boy dance exhilarates and frustrates by Anna Winter

Dance Base, EdinburghIma Iduozee slinks and swoops with insouciant ease in this solo piece, but patchy sound design and a ponderous self-indulgence hold the show backFinnish dancer and chore…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Baby Face review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Effectively disturbing’ by Anna Winter

Like a bulging Mothercare nappy bag saddled to the back of a weary parent, there’s a lot to unpack in Baby Face.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Astley’s Astounding Adventures review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘triumphant and warm-hearted’ by Anna Winter

Tumblers, clowns and horseback tricks in a 42-foot diameter performance ring – these are the components of modern circus established 250 years

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Company of Elders review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘proud, poignant and thoughtful’ by Anna Winter

Respect the Elders. When Sadler’s Wells’ resident over-60s company of community dancers perform their latest mixed bill, they re-adjust the parameters by

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Circa’s Peepshow review at Underbelly, London – ‘slickly performed’ by Anna Winter

Circa’s Peepshow provides an occasionally unusual viewing experience for its punters. It’s a circus show that gamely plays around with the voyeuristic

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘astounding precision’ by Anna Winter

A morally serious and witty gem of a work lodges between three duller and borderline indulgent pieces in NDT1’s latest mixed bill.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Mercenary review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘football-based dance’ by Anna Winter

The human cost of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar isn’t so much FIFA’s dirty little secret as an ongoing Amnesty-certified human

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: Romeo and Juliet by Birmingham Royal Ballet by Anna Winter

'Headlong, hormonal passion': Anna Winter reviews Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells. The post Review: Romeo and Juliet by Birmingham Royal Ballet appeared first on Exeu…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

In Search of Dinozord review at the Place, London – ‘haunting and harrowing’ by Anna Winter

Congolese dancer-choreographer Faustin Linyekula’s In Search of Dinozord is diffuse and difficult; a combination of movement, spoken word and song that together

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Smack That (A Conversation) review at Barbican Pit, London – ‘inventive, immersive dance-theatre’ by Anna Winter

There’s cider, popcorn and an air of frantic excitement at Beverly’s party. Five friendly host Bevs in silvery-grey dresses and wigs assign

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

These Rooms review at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘powerful and poignant’ by Anna Winter

A Loyalist pub in 1960s Dublin. With fags in hand and familiar tones, the landlady and her beehived pal usher an uncertain

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty review at the London Coliseum – ‘Alina Cojocaru is in a dazzling league of her own’ by Anna Winter

English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is worth waking up for. Kenneth MacMillan’s production for American Ballet Theatre had a fraught journey

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House by Anna Winter

A cat among the swans: Liam Scarlett's interpretation gets three big ticks from Anna Winter. The post Review: Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

A Night With Boy Blue review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘exhilarating and joyful showcase’ by Anna Winter

Last year, hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment presented the searing triptych Blak Whyte Gray in London and Edinburgh, a performance that brought

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: Life is a Dream at Sadler’s Wells by Anna Winter

A strange sterility: Anna Winter reviews a new work for Rambert by choreographer Kim Brandstrup. The post Review: Life is a Dream at Sadler’s Wells appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Crave review at Barbican Pit, London – ‘illuminating moments’ by Anna Winter

An alumnus of Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark’s companies, Julie Cunningham launched her choreographic career in 2017 with To Be Me, a

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Soap review at Underbelly, London – ‘frothy fun’ by Anna Winter

The central idea of Soap – acrobats performing in and around bathtubs containing actual water – sounds like a cross between a

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SHOW review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘atmospheric and superbly danced’ by Anna Winter

The clowns in Hofesh Shechter’s Show aren’t just creepy, they’re homicidal. By turns gambolling fools, sage advisors and blank-faced killers, this octet

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Friday, May 4, 2018

A Gym Thing review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘an accomplished debut play’ by Anna Winter

At what point does a regime of self-improvement shade into self-destruction? How easily can a quest for bulging biceps descend into delusional

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