Author: Lucy Ribchester

Lucy Ribchester is a dance and fiction writer based in Edinburgh. Her dance writing has appeared in The List, Fest, Venue and Exeunt magazines. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals, and her debut novel The Hourglass Factory will be published by Simon & Schuster in spring 2015. You can find her on Twitter: @lucyribchester

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Lublin Dance Theatre in All stories, which we have not told before with Beata Mysiak and Ryszard Kalinowski.© Jakub Wittchen. (Click image for larger version)

Polish Dance Platform – Lublin 2014

A first for DanceTabs in covering the Polish Dance Platform event – 3 days of contemporary dance and big thinking in Lublin. Lucy Ribchester, who has covered much dance at the Edinburgh festivals, reports on a wide ranging event…

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrance's Burning.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Burning, Rejoice in the Lamb, Holderlin Fragments, Overdrive – Edinburgh

It may be his name only on the posters, but Richard Alston firmly shares the limelight with Martin Lawrance in this quadruple bill, which sees the premiere of Lawrance’s new work, Burning, placed alongside three of Alston’s own pieces.

balletLORENT in Rapunzel.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

balletLORENT – Rapunzel – Edinburgh

Earthy and gothic character-driven dance from balletLORENT

Eve Mutso & Daniel Kirspuu in Mutso’s elEven.© Merlin Bonning. (Click image for larger version)

VTDance & Scottish Ballet Dance Artists – iWitness & Special Edition – Edinburgh

One of the most interesting things about Scottish Ballet’s changing double bill …is the way it subtly changes the atmosphere of the show as a whole, re-contextualising the first piece, iWitness

TaikaBox in Beyond The Body.© TaikaBox. (Click image for larger version)

TaikaBox – Beyond The Body – Edinburgh

There’s a clean, healthy lightness that runs through TaikaBox’s meditation on the limits of the body

Pavel Mašek and Andrea Opavská in Riders.© Viktor Kronbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Lenka Vagnerová brings wild women and mythological animals to Edinburgh in Fringe shows La Loba and Riders

‘I was not interested in the image of womanhood as it is presented by the media, nor in its visual aspect,’ says Vagnerová…

NDT2 in Sol León and Paul Lightfoot's Shutters Shut.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 – Postscript, Shutters Shut, Sara, I New Then – Edinburgh

Eclectic, fascinating choreography is danced with precision and passion by this fine-tuned company…

Jonathan Olliver in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)(Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Swan Lake – Edinburgh

Almost 20 years since it first premiered, Matthew Bourne’s sharp, satirical and exquisitely beautiful Swan Lake feels as up to the minute as if it were choreographed last week.

Erik Cavallari and Sophie Martin in Romeo and Juliet.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – Glasgow

Perhaps it’s the case that our receptors for beauty lie close in the brain to those for horror: what else could explain how a story about two young lovers dying a needless, violent death should be so passionately, tragically beautiful.

Scottish Dance Theatre in Yama.© Brian Hartley/Stillmotion. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre – Yama, Kingdom – Edinburgh

There’s a thread connecting the elemental ancient to the here and now, trailing slowly but firmly through Scottish Dance Theatre’s double bill of new works.

Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel (premiere) – Glasgow

Christopher Hampson’s production, set to Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera score, dances round traditional perceptions of good and evil, raising sinister notions about the invisibility of danger lurking in the real world.

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