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.
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…

Sweetshop Revolution in Beautiful.© Dominic Farlam. (Click image for larger version)

Sweetshop Revolution – Beautiful – London

★★★✰✰   Sally Marie’s show is about female sexuality, love and pleasure. Her main question is how women experience sex now in our female empowered, gender-fluid days of multiple choices. Are we enriched by having it all or just confused?

Úrsula López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal – Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – London

★★★★✰   In each section of Painter and Flamenco the dancers personify not only the spirit and energy of de Torres’ portraits but also the poetry of his art.

Claudia de Serpa Soares.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Claudia de Serpa Soares on dancing and all things Körper – Sasha Waltz’s legendary work, about to return to London

Claudia de Serpa Soares is performing with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Körper on the 1 – 3 March 2018 at London’s Sadler’s Wells – full details www.facebook.com/claudia.d.soares.52 www.sashawaltz.de www.sadlerswells.com Sasha Waltz &…

Vincent Dance Theatre in Shut Down.© Bosie Vincent. (Click image for larger version)

Vincent Dance Theatre – Shut Down – London

★★★✰✰   Shut Down is a hard-hitting work about men. Actually white privileged men. It portrays a bleak landscape of absent fathers, depressed teenagers and confused blokes.

Okwui Okpokwasili in Hunted.© Caroline Ablain. (Click image for larger version)

Maud Le Pladec & Okwui Okpokwasili – Hunted – London

★★✰✰✰   Munyaneza rises to the challenge of the show with her provocative, fearless performance, but it’s still difficult to sit through.

Protein in Border Tales.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Protein – Border Tales – London

★★★✰✰   Is this depiction of divisive ‘insider/outsider’ British society really a true reflection?

Cia Maduixa in DOT.© Jorid Pla. (Click image for larger version)

Cia Maduixa – DOT – London

★★★★★   What makes the show so seductive is the smooth and slick integration of visual effects with movement.

Publicity image for Andante.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Igor and Moreno – Andante – London

★★✰✰✰   Igor and Moreno warn people in the programme notes for Andante that there will be smoke and perfume – lots of it.

Hannah Burfield and Londiwe Khoza in Rays, Spark, Beating Glows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Umbrella – Shoreditch Takeover – London

★★★★✰   Wrapping up Dance Umbrella, “Shoreditch Takeover” was a celebration of cross-disciplinary work. It featured two dance works, poetry and a film, not to mention a DJ…

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