Tag: contemporary dance

Guy Nader & Maria Campos: in flight mode

As the third part in an open-ended trilogy, Made of Space, created by the accomplished Barcelona-based duo Maria Campos and Guy Nader, pushes further (or higher) an ambitious examination of the principles of physics: matter and its motion through space-time, energy, force and the workings of nature. Precision Challenging in its abstract premise, yet open… Read more »


Split – Lucy Guerin Inc.

Grec Festival offers a great opportunity to experience a work by the Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin. For nearly 20 years, this Adelaide-born choreographer has been a reference point in contemporary dance, working out of Melbourne’s sophisticated and individualistic independent dance scene. Split, the word implying a forced, irreversible division, works on levels that are personal,… Read more »


Protagonist – Human Nature and Narcissism

Protagonist: Cullberg Ballet / Jefta van Dinther

Without recourse to technological statements or politically-correct diatribes, Protagonist, created by the Dutch/Swedish choreographer Jefta van Dinther for Sweden’s Cullberg Ballet, averts the shock tactics that audiences now expect from contemporary dance performances. Semi-dressed dancers on a semi-dressed stage: red, black; a frame at the back could be scaffolding or gymnastics bars (and are used as both)…. Read more »


Coming soon! Fractus V – Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Fractus V - Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui © Filip Van Roe

It’s a likely sell out, but tickets are still available for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s contemporary dance piece Fractus V at Barcelona’s dance space Mercat de les Flors next week/end (January 14th – 17th). I don’t mean to be patronising, but to see the choreographer in Barcelona for four dates in a dance space existing on… Read more »


Review: A Radical Date with Wim Vandekeybus

Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus’ 1987 dance piece What The Body Does Not Remember, at Sadler’s Wells, London today and tomorrow, is a work credited with radically transforming the arena of contemporary dance. But what does this mean to us now? 28 years on, its once highly-innovative association of physicality and high emotion, (untrained dancers stomping, running… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »