Siobhan Murphy is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor, based in London. Between 2005 and 2014 she was London Metro's arts editor. She also contributes to LondonDance and tweets sporadically at @blacktigerlily.
Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
★★✰✰✰ For western audience tastes, there is quite a heavy dose of melodrama in this Mulan – Matthew Ma’s overblown score of soaring strings ramps this up further.
★★★✰✰ If you like to keep an arm’s distance between you and the contemporary dance you’re watching, then Vera Tussing is probably not for you.
★★★★✰ Cousins has made a bold, complex, intelligent and invigorating piece…
★★★★✰ Those of a nervous disposition, look away now. The dark, twisted inventiveness of Arthur Pita runs riot across this double-bill of bad parenting, sweeping up murder, suicide, incest and a little light cannibalism as it goes.
★★★✰✰ The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.
★★★✰✰ The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.
★★★★✰ How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.
★★★✰✰ The portraits are probably not a way into dance for someone who wasn’t already interested – and it’s probably better to watch them in small doses. However, they do remind us of something rather lovely…
★★✰✰✰ Sad to say, then, that I found Art of Age II rather disappointing…
★★★★✰ Khan’s revision of this classic ballet is spirited and confident; its faults are definitely fixable. This is bravura dance-making and a thrilling addition to the ENB’s repertoire.
★★✰✰✰ There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.
★★★✰✰ Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.
★★★★✰ …their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching…
★★★★✰ Michael Nunn and William Trevitt never fail to surprise: this latest double-bill for their ten-strong all-male dance company is a case in point.
★★★★✰ There’s a boisterous, no-nonsense attitude to “Coal” from the start…
★★★✰✰ As with all such showcase events, where every last member needs his or her moment on stage, it was an enthusiastic if somewhat ramshackle affair.
★★★★✰ Flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández is the real deal, brought up in a family of flamenco artists in Seville’s famous Triana neighbourhood. Her voice is extraordinary…
★★★✰✰ Cadiz-born Marco Flores and cordobesa Olga Pericet make a striking flamenco couple – he is tall and lanky, with sedate, flowing movements; she’s tiny, barely reaching his chin, and bristling with energy.