Category: Dance

Interview: Shantala Shivalingappa on the Freedom of Discipline

As the world economic balance shifts ‘eastward’ our Western-centric presumptions of the way things work is sinking into the sand. Contemporary dance is perhaps the most accessible art form able to embody and communicate these changes. Born in India and brought up in France, Shantala Shivalingappa (pictured above) trained in the strict discipline of classical kuchipudi… Read more »

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Akram Khan and Israel Galván talk ‘Torobaka’

At Montpellier Dance Festival June 27th and 28th … British dancer Akram Khan and Spain’s Israel Galván talk about their contemporary dance piece, Torobaka. The two were coaxed into a collaboration by Francesc Casadesús, the director of Barcelona’s contemporary dance space Mercat de les Flors, and admit that the prospect of combining their two highly-independent… Read more »

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What’s on? D’après une historie vraie – Christian Rizzo / L’Association Fragile

D’après une historie vraie (‘based on a true story’) is a contagiously joyful contemporary dance piece, a creation of the French choreographer Christian Rizzo. Born in Cannes in 1965, Rizzo’s interests are wide and varied: rock music, fashion design, visual art and, more recently, film and opera are all on his resume! Yet somehow he manages… Read more »

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What’s on? El Sur – Víctor Ullate Ballet

Víctor Ullate Ballet’s performance of El Sur is my highlight of the week for all fans of classical dance, contemporary dance, flamenco… the performing arts in general. This 90-minute piece is dedicated to the late, great flamenco singer Enrique Morente, whose songs provide the musical setting for a balletic tale of love, hate, murder and suicide… Read more »

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Review: Tauberbach – les ballets C de la B / Munich Kammerspiele

It’s dark and something’s buzzing. Lights up, except they’re literally down, a big bar of them rests on a mass of old clothing… so much to choose from but who needs any of it? Nice to play dress up, at least, the idea has occurred to a small team of scavengers who wade through it all, selecting,… Read more »

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What’s On? Richard MacDonald sculptures at Barcelona’s MEAM

Only in the heights of extreme physical pain can one feel relief from the constant emotional torture. I reckon that’s the whole point behind study, sport, really loud concerts and really long after-parties … and thank god (we hope) that something might do it! albeit for a very short time. In this spirit, Richard MacDonald creates small, life-sized and… Read more »

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WHAT’S ON? À la ville de … Barcelona, dir. Joan Ollé

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REVIEW: Can We Talk About This? DV8 Physical Theatre

There’s something slightly aggressive about the title of Lloyd Newson’s verbose dance/theatre piece, on at Barcelona’s Mercat de les Flors this weekend. Like downloading 40 podcasts from BBC Radio 4’s Today news programme then listening to 10 minutes from the end of each, the acclaimed choreographer of award-winning ‘physical theatre’ troupe DV8 seeks to stimulate debate about… Read more »

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WHAT’S ON? Sydney Dance Company

This is the first time that Catalan choreographer Rafael Bonachela brings Sydney Dance Company to Barcelona, then London in December, where they are performing two pieces, 6 Breaths and LANDforms, both of which are set to the original, emotive scores of Italian Ezio Bosso. LANDforms, in which dancers confront the tough, beautiful Australian landscape & climate is an… Read more »

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DANCE REVIEW: Lemi Ponifasio / MAU

On a slick black stage, stabbed through the heart by a monolithic shard, dance troupe MAU terrified me with a tense, urgent, masterful piece with a throbbing, ritualistic score. You’ll never sleep again. In Birds with Skymirrors, Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio deals with the big issues: our relationship to the environment and to each other, relating… Read more »

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