Author: Josephine Leask

Josephine Leask is a dance writer and lecturer. Having written for a range of dance and art publications, she currently writes for Londondance and the Dance Insider. She lectures in cultural studies at London Studio Centre. Follow her on Twitter @jo_leask

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra – London

★★★✰✰   Rosie Kay’s MK Ultra is an ambitious project which tackles complex thematic sources – conspiracy theories, brain washing and mind-control, not to mention myths about secret societies such as the Illuminati…

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Contagion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Contagion – London

★★★★✰   Overshadowed by the atrocities of WWI, which is commemorated loudly and frequently, the killer Spanish Flu, which killed an estimated 50-100 million people, is at last fittingly acknowledged on its 100th anniversary in Shobana Jeyasingh’s work Contagion.

Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything that Rises Must Dance.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Milavic Davies – Everything that Rises Must Dance – London

★★★★✰   One of the highlights of Dance Umbrella’s 40th anniversary was watching 200 women perform Everything that Rises Must Dance…

Julian Warner and Oliver Zahn in Situation With Doppelganger: Essay Performance.© Nicole Wytyczak. (Click image for larger version)

Hauptaktion at London’s Collisions Festival 2018 – Examing cultural appropriation and Minstrel shows

Thoughtful report about thoughtful work that probes and presents how the dance of yesterday and today borrows and distorts the culture of others. Makes you think!

Sarah Blanc in My Feminist Boner.© Jonathon Vines. (Click image for larger version)

Sarah Blanc – My Feminist Boner – London

★★★✰✰   Blanc shares her struggles with dieting, exercise regimes and the pressure to look perfect to the point where she has an epiphany which she calls her feminist boner.

Ricardo Da Silva, Gemma Kay Hoddy and Dickson Mbi in Blak Whyte Gray.© Carl Fox. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – Blak Whyte Gray – London

★★★★✰   Directed by Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the return to the Barbican of Blak Whyte Gray, is again a triumph.

Ariel Fung of the House of Krip.© Fotocad. (Click image for larger version)

Voguing at the Southbank’s Ulimited festival – “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip”

Part lecture and panel discussion, part documentary screening and part performance “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip” was a good introduction to voguing culture, presented as part of the Southbank’s Unlimited festival and built around the deaf and disabled dancers that form the House of Krip.

Pierre Rigal's Compagnie Dernière Minute in Scandale.© Pierre Grosbois. (Click image for larger version)

Pierre Rigal – Scandale – London

★★★✰✰   Rarely seen in London apart from performances at Breakin’ Convention, French choreographer Pierre Rigal brings something different to the hip-hop dance theatre scene with Scandale.

The Yonis at Woman SRSLY: 1st Birthday.© Alex Gent. (Click image for larger version)

Woman SRSLY – 1st Birthday – London

★★★✰✰   What I loved about it was that none of the acts fitted into neat categories but spilled out through porous art boundaries.

East Wall at the Tower of London - the finale choreographed by Hofesh Shechter.© Victor Frankowski. (Click image for larger version)

East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company & LIFT Festival – East Wall: Storm the Tower – London

East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company and LIFT Festival East Wall: Storm the Tower ★★★★✰ London, Tower of London eastwall.org www.hofesh.co.uk www.liftfestival.com www.eastlondondance.org Sitting outside on a balmy summer evening in London, watching…

Alexandra Waierstall's And here we meet.© Katja Illner. (Click image for larger version)

Alexandra Waierstall – And here we meet – London

★★✰✰✰   Waierstall explores themes of extinction through the impact of humans on the earth’s geology and ecosystems. While thematically and visually intriguing, And here we meet lacks coherence…

Yukiko Masui and Maddy Morgan in Smack That.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rhiannon Faith – Smack That (a conversation) – London

★★★★✰   Rhiannon Faith’s hard-hitting show coats the horrors of domestic violence in the saccharine sweetness of a girly party.

Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold: Dans, for Satan/ (dance, dammit!).© Tale Hendnes. (Click image for larger version)

Splayed Festival with Florence Peake and Eve Stainton, Sheena McGrandles, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold – London

★★★✰✰   Curated by dance artist Amy Bell, Splayed seeks to mess up stereotypical, heterosexual representations of the female body and replace them with other dynamic alternatives.

Jinyeob Cha in Riverrun: interface of the unstable body.© Kii Studios Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Festival of Korean Dance – Jinyeob Cha X Vakki and Lyon Eun KWON – London

★★★★✰   Two works by up-and-coming female Korean choreographers hint at South Korea’s progressive and rich dance culture.

Wayne Parsons' Vestige.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne Parsons Dance – Meeting, Vestige – London

★★★✰✰   Although I haven’t seen Parsons’ work before, I can see very quickly why it’s riveting.

Houston Dance Collective in The Purple Jigsaw.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

East London Dance / Tony Adigun – IDENTITY – London

★★★✰✰   Identity is a celebration of East London’s diverse creativity – a dazzling clash of fashion, dance and music… and featuring Houston Dance Collective, Avant Garde Dance Company, House of Absolute, & Rugged Estate.

Fergus Early, Maria Ghoumrassi, Ursula Early, Ingrid MacKinnon and Vincent Ebrahim in About Us.© Sarah Covington. (Click image for larger version)

Jacky Lansley – About Us – London

★★★✰✰   About Us is a collection of personal stories and political musings communicated through a multidisciplinary framework of movement, music, singing, text and film and performed by an equally eclectic group of multigenerational artists.

Maresa von Stockert's Constructions of Thin Air.© Lee Carter. (Click image for larger version)

Tilted Productions – Constructions of Thin Air – London

★★★✰✰   Constructions of Air evocatively suggests our relationship with the past, our own histories, memories and how we make sense of change.

Amy Bell's The Forecast.© Hetain Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Bell – The Forecast – London

★★★★✰   Bell’s brave work although addressing us all in our fluctuating states of being, speaks out especially to queer women, non-binary and trans people.

Clementine Deluy in Körper.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Waltz & Guests – Körper – London

★★★★✰   Waltz asks many questions which are still relevant eighteen years after the piece was first premiered in Berlin…

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