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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.

One Step Before The Fall, Zoo Southside – Review

Credit: Spitfire Company

Pros: Powerful physical performance Cons: The relentlessly punishing choreography feels pointless at times On a thrust stage, performer Markéta Vacovská pushes herself to her physical limits as she explores the intensity of a boxer’s experience. Whirring limbs become a blur as she punches to the point of exhaustion. At other times she appears to be receiving the blows, shaking her head from side to side repeatedly before reeling backwards and landing sprawled on the floor. Vacovská’s strength and stamina are ...

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Profundis, Zoo Southside – Review

Credit: Mark Douet

Pros: Elegant, clever, playful choreography. Cons: Only thirty minutes long – perfect for the fringe, belongs in a joint billing elsewhere. Choreographer Roy Assaf’s open, flexible style of working has resulted in a confident collaboration with National Dance Company Wales which shimmers from within like a well-cut diamond. A brief 30 minutes long, the piece probes at our desire to create meaning, which might easily result in something vague and pretentious elsewhere but is approached here with light-hearted clarity. A ...

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