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Velvet Petal in creation.© Jack Wrigley. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre – Velvet Petal – London

★★★★✰   Velvet Petal is Darkin’s latest work for the company, created in 2017 after she read Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1970s.

Constance Devernay in Sophie Laplane's Sibilo.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Emergence, Sibilo, Drawn to Drone – Glasgow

★★★★★   It’s perhaps a term too often used, but “It doesn’t get better than this” is what came immediately to mind at the end.

James Welsby in Hex.© Gregory Lorenzutti. (click image for larger version) gl-hex-james-welsby-look-red-ribbon_1000.jpg

James Welsby – Hex (part of Next Wave Festival) – Melbourne

James Welsby’s ‘Hex’, which premiered as part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, can be read as a kind of bookend to Bill T. Jones ‘Still/Here’. It has been informed by more than twenty years of queer activism…

Sebastian Langueneur & Jessica Haener in Earthfall's Chelsea Hotel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Earthfall – Chelsea Hotel – London

It’s a powerful piece of theatre, driven by music that expresses the hard-living, drug-fuelled romanticism of the spirits who inhabited the hotel…

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