VS. – The Yard Theatre

In Dance, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Vs is a short but energizing piece of dance theatre. It’s fun, but it would be even more fun if it didn’t come clothed in the relentless hype that Goode and his admirers have created around the show. You are entitled to believe that queer performance is the future of British theatre, but really you can only believe that this kind of devised live art is brilliant if you have no historical memory whatsoever.

THE PEOPLE SHOW 124: FALLOUT 124 – Toynbee Studios

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Making devised work for the past 50 years, People Show are nothing less than prolific. Their multidisciplinary works are numbered as part of the title; the company’s works now number 132. To celebrate their anniversary, the company’s taken over Toynbee Studios for three days, filling the venue with performances, films and an exhibition celebrating their half a century of work.

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In Dance, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

What happens when a dancer and performance maker loses the ability to dance due to chronic pain? She makes a solo dance piece with hardly any dance in it. A mix of emotive description, encounters with medical and health practitioners, and her own research tell the story of an injury and the subsequent pain that wouldn’t leave her body. Pointedly still and so quiet that she needs a mic, Laura Dannequin’s resilience makes a compelling piece of solo storytelling that mourns the dances her body wouldn’t allow her to make.

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Pinta/WireDo by Zero Gravity & WHS/Hanna Moisala

In Cabaret, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

The Finnish double-bill of Pinta and WireDo began with the stronger of the two pieces, WireDo, from tightwire artist Hanna Moisala. Both shows are presented as part of SIRKUS – a showcase of Finnish circus work held at Jackson’s Lane in association with the Finnish Institute in London and Circus Info Finland, the country’s national body for promotion and development of the circus arts.

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WONDERATIONS – The Canvas Cafe

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Sunday evening was a night of new discoveries. The Canvas Café, just off Brick Lane, serves homemade cakes and prosecco by the glass. It also has walls you can write on and a cosy downstairs performance space. In that space was Ivy Davies and her show Wonderations, a gentle, joyful blend of spoken word, songs from her EP and questioning whether or not Mickey Mouse is actually God.