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From ballet to physical theatre, some of the most powerful performances are all about movement. We’re not experts in dance by any means, but we’re always willing to give it a go and you’ll find our honest and unpretentious opinions here.

Stick By Me, Dancebase, Edinburgh Fringe. Review

Stick by me 5 credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Pros: Lovely gentle comedy Cons: Very much a children’s show – possibly overly simplistic for accompanying adults. Friendship and treasuring the little things are the themes of this charming silent comedy for children ages 3-6. Andy Manley is a warm and clownish figure, asleep on his desk as the audience take their seats. Silliness ensues when he wakes and finds his chair taped to his bottom. Manley says he thought it would be fun to make a show featuring sticky ...

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Smack That (a conversation), The Barbican – Review

Rhiannon Faith, Smack That (a conversation), Production photos

Pros: Inventive and inclusive dance theatre. A moving and necessary exploration of domestic violence. Cons: While the piece’s educational mission can’t be faulted, it could have explored the psychology of the subject matter more creatively. ‘Welcome to the party!’ Music is blaring, and drinks are being poured. ‘Help yourself to popcorn, marshmallows, what can I get you my love?’ Beverly is having a party, but it won’t all be fun and games. A collaborative, participatory piece, Smack That (a conversation) ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Mid Century Modern, Sadler’s Wells- Review

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  Pros: A programme of finely tuned and fast-paced choreography which elicits technical and musical prowess. Cons: A characteristic as much as a con, but a little too repetitive in movement terms. This programme marks Richard Alston’s fiftieth year as a choreographer, so what better to way to celebrate than by presenting an evening which combines new work alongside extracts of that which spans the last five decades. We start with the new Cut and Run by Associate Choreographer and ...

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The Forecast, The Place – Review

Amy Bell The Forecast 2 (Pari Naderi)

Pros: Funny, witty, and beautifully performed Cons: A couple of sections felt too long Perhaps it’s a cliché, but they do say the English love to talk about the weather. However, they’re not so keen on discussing sexual matters, so Amy Bell’s pairing of these themes in The Forecast might seem a little unusual at first. It works beautifully. Over the course of an hour she navigated issues around gender, identity and sexuality the way one might travel though high ...

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