"The Place" tag
The Rite of Spring by Seeta Patel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – The Rite of Spring, Dance Dialogues – London

★★★✰✰   Rite of Spring: Through the perspective of a South Asian gaze, the brutality and finality of the original ballet’s pagan sacrifice is tempered by a rich spirituality and the optimistic suggestion of an after-life. It’s still scary but less barbaric.

The Kids Are Alright pubicity image.© Love Oh Love Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Fuel and Encounter – The Kids Are Alright – London

★★✰✰✰   The main story revolved around bereaved parents who had lost their ten-year old daughter, Sophie, on a daytrip to the Natural History Museum, in London….

Alleyne Dance in A Night’s Game.© Driftnote. (Click image for larger version)

Alleyne Dance – The Other Side of Me, A Night’s Game – London

★★★★✰   Both sisters were competitive athletes before turning to dance and catching a flying chair is just one of many signs of their mutual sporting prowess…

Corali Dance Company.© Jon C Archdeacon. (Click image for larger version)

Corali Dance Company with Thick & Tight – Technicolour Everyday bill – London

★★★✰✰   Even as I leave the show not really having understood every bit of it, I’m touched by the multi-skilled performers and their unforced honesty.

The Yonis.© Alex Gent. (Click image for larger version)

Woman SRSLY – Takeover: Wildlife in Strange Waters – London

★★★✰✰   Woman SRSLY’s feminist energy exploded all over the Place last Thursday. The foyer and bar area were transformed into a colourful pink fun-fair.

Virgin Territory Film Installation, here at the Brighton Festival.© Bosie Vincent. (Click image for larger version)

Vincent Dance Theatre – Virgin Territory Film Installation – Margate

★★★★✰   Vincent Dance Theatre’s visceral and timely response to how social media is wrecking our children, hypersexualising them and stealing their childhood co-opts the very technology that it warns us about.

Chihiro Kawasaki and Rhys Dennis in Within Her Eyes.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

James Cousins Company – Epilogues bill of duets – London

★★★★✰   Cousins and company both surprise and stir us.

James Cousins.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Choreographer James Cousins about his new Touring Programme of Duets – Epilogues

James Cousins is unusually touring a bill of three contrasting duets – called Epilogues it has a London run at The Place from 6-8 March 2019.

Uchenna Dance in Hansel & Gretel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Uchenna Dance – Hansel & Gretel – London

★★★✰✰   Vicki Igbokwe’s bold dance retelling of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel has a sense of playfulness at its heart, and something of a political message for adults to chew on too.

Thomas Bieszka in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2018 – London

Semperoper Ballett Dresden were another new visitor in the summer, with a programme of Forsythe works, some not seen here before. But Forsythe is a theme this year in himself.

Mai Lisa Guinoo and Oliver Chapman in The Knot.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Umanoove / Didy Veldman – The Knot – London

★★★★✰   Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman has picked a rich subject to mine in The Knot: marriage in all its starry-eyed, nerve-wracking, life-altering glory.

Promotional image for James Wilton's The Storm.© Steve Tanner. (Click image for larger version)

James Wilton Dance – The Storm – London

★★★✰✰   The Storm grapples with feeling low, becoming depressed and the tempest like outbursts which can follow.

Sara Harton and Mai Lisa Guinoo in The Knot.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Didy Veldman’s Umanoove in The Knot

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou in touching.just.© Manos Arvanitakis. (Click image for larger version)

Andrea Costanzo Martini and Aris Papadopoulos / Martha Pasakopoulou – Aerowaves 2bill – London

★★★✰✰   After all these years, here is evidence – if any were needed – that the Aerowaves experiment continues to showcase great talent.

Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Eddie Nixon, new Artistic Director of The Place

Eddie Nixon has just been appointed as The Place’s Artistic Director – Graham Watts is first to interview him about his new role and plans…

I Infinite 2018 promotional image.© Tom Dale and Barret Hodgson. (Click image for larger version)

Tom Dale Company – I Infinite – London

★★★✰✰   Dale and his collaborators have succeeded in creating a highly unusual ambience for dance; a place of quiet reflection and arresting imagery…

Igor and Moreno in Idiot-Syncrasy.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

Igor and Moreno – Idiot-Syncrasy – London

★★★✰✰   The clue is in the title. Although there is a small section of partnered dance towards the end, this is about conjoined peculiarity…

Seeta Patel in Not Today’s Yesterday.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Not Today’s Yesterday – London

★★★✰✰   This is a sincere and deeply felt attempt to show us how history gets rewritten to demonise some and exalt others.

Avant Garde Dance in Fagin’s Twist.© Avant Garde Dance. (Click image for larger version)

Avant Garde Dance – Fagin’s Twist – London

★★★★✰   Tony Adigun’s smart street-dance reimagining of Dickens’s Oliver Twist switches the focus of the tale…

Shane Shambhu in Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.© Shane Shambhu. (Click image for larger version)

Shane Shambhu / Altered Skin – Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – London

★★★✰✰   It’s easy to warm to Shane Shambhu and to laugh along with him, but though the journey was entertaining it doesn’t seem to reach an entirely clear conclusion.

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