Archives for May 2015

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 […]