Resolution review 18 Feb 2016: Nikki, .2Dot, AGITART

Nikki & JD: Le Lien .2Dot: Queen and Queer Companyia AGITART: Dust “Muscular” would be one way to describe Le Lien, a duet merging acrobatics and a sinewy choreographic play of touching, pulling and giving weight in often spectacular quasi-circus fashion. In the most promising piece I’ve seen at Resolution this year, Nikki & JD […]

Resolution review 29 Jan 2016: Exim, LAM, Backspace

Exim Dance Company: The Birth of Memory LAM Dance Company: Sisyphus’ Wife Backspace Collective: Unbaptised Infants In The Birth of Memory, a work with purpose in its stride, four dancers shift and play between different spatial configurations of Benjamin’s bare-boned choreography. Added to this are layers of projections – sometimes words, sometimes abstract imagery that […]

Resolution review 16 Jan 2016: Philp, Pirenaika, Spoken Movement

Jack Philp Company: Psychoacoustic Pirenaika Dance: Calle Leganitos Spoken Movement: Family Honour In a way, Psychoacoustic offered a checklist of we’ve come to expect from contemporary dance: electronic music, projections of urban landscapes and the occasional dab of twitchy movement. None of which is necessarily to be deplored, per se; and some of which might […]

Let’s all retain some dignity over Christmas, shall we?

One of the more irritating trends of Xmas marketing: companies and arts organisations that use a virtual Xmas card as an excuse to sell their wares. Not that anyone ever expects much from a virtual Xmas card, let’s be honest, but there is somehow something slightly depressing about an artist sending you a jolly “Merry Christmas!” […]

Ben Duke: “Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)”

“All consciousness in Milton is heroic, because it is somehow his own, whether Satanic or human, whether fallen or unfallen. (…) Milton’s particular greatness is his transformation of his own profound passions, his hopes for the human, into an art absolutely personal and yet also near-universal.” – Harold Bloom “ Him the Almighty Power Hurled […]

In Defence of Wankery

“That was the biggest pile of wankery ever”, said a woman to her friend as they brushed past me outside Toynbee Studios. The pile she was talking about was a showing of Impermanence Dance Theatre’s work-in-progress performance of Da-Da-Darling. It dawned on me, from what I understood of the ensuing Q&A, that Impermanence wouldn’t necessarily […]

General Election 2015

The Tories have won. We’ll never know whether we’d have been better off with Labour, but things aren’t looking too bright for the future of dance in the UK. Either way, here’s what you can do: – Support one another. Travel across London to see something small you’ve never seen. You may be surprised. Travel to […]

Ballad of the Middle-Class Artist

I don’t know about you, but it’s fair to say I’ve experienced unpleasantness in my life, to some degree. And joy, probably to a similar degree. I feel like I’ve sailed through this life. When I see another of the countless documentaries about, say, one of the World Wars, the ones with the touching interviews […]

“Douglas” by Robbie Synge

“And this came to be my gripe with the postmodern aversion to closure. It’s like, Grow up already! Take some ­responsibility for your narrative! I’m not looking for the meaning, but I am looking for a meaning, and you’re denying me a vital element of making sense of any story, which is its ending! Aversion […]

Warm Heart, Cold Hands

“The real message of media today is ubiquity. It is no longer something we do, but something we are part of. It confronts us as if from the outside with all the sensory experience of the history of humanity. It is as if we have amputated not our ears or our eyes, but ourselves, and […]