DOLLS – Edinburgh Fringe

In Circus, Dance, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 11th August 2015 Darkly disturbing, the brand new show from Cirk La Putyka, Dolls, premieres in Edinburgh and brings a theatrical world of stark dereliction to the stage of the Circus Hub’s Lafayette venue. The fabric of society is broken down in both the scenography of portentous urban decay and the ability […]

ONE NIGHT AT BIG SEXY CIRCUS CITY… – Edinburgh Fringe

In Cabaret, Circus, Dance, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

 Big Sexy Circus City, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 One of two dedicated venues for circus work this year at Edinburgh Fringe (the other being the teething problem-fraught Underbelly Circus Hub), Big Sexy Circus City is home to two tent venues, as well as outdoor performance spaces and the all-important bar.  I will admit that […]

SIRO-A – Edinburgh Fringe

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Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 If circus is about taking physical human skills and presenting them in surprising and entertaining ways, then Siro-A is the realm where digital skills and dance combine, in a series of performed ‘acts’. It is also very much about us as the audience being amazed, and […]

SOMETHING – Edinburgh Fringe

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Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 8th August 2015 Something is a comic flickbook of everyday fantasy, presented by Italian company Liberi-Di. The seven performers each have a natural humour in their presentation, and excellent physical technique – including superb tricking skills that, somehow, always seem cooler than the traditional acrobatic repertoire. I am transfixed for […]

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Dance audiences – everyone prepared to be surprised

In Dance, Features, Opinion by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

Any medium scale regional theatre programmer with an interest in finding a local audience for modern dance would have been green with envy if they had joined me and hundreds of others to see new pieces by Ghislaine Doté, Alesandra Seutin and Andrea Queens in London this weekend. It was a packed attentive audience from 4 to 80 years old, families, culturally diverse, and I suspect, representative of the community mix of the area, watching new contemporary work by unfamiliar choreographers. The secret…

MADAM BUTTERFLY & PERPETUUM MOBILE – Northern Ballet

In Dance, London theatre, Regional theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Opening with Perpetuum Mobile, a short work choreographed by Christopher Hampson. Set to Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, the performance mirrored the increasingly complex layers of music found within the composition. The dancers’ movements proved continual, fluid and dynamic with Lucia Solari, Ayami Miyata and Javier Torres in particular offering captivating performances. Created over 15 years ago, Hampson says he was “initially inspired by the score.” This was evident and it is the close marriage between movement and music that made Perpetuum Mobile a joyous contemporary piece to watch.

CIRKOPOLIS – Touring

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; 11th March 2015 The brightly ornate greens and golds of the Mayflower Theatre seem at odds with the ominous sounds playing behind its red velvet curtains.  Organic drips and thunder turn to rolling objects, clicking machinery, engines and clanging metal, and finally a rhythmic pulsing and electronic buzz. The house lights begin to […]