Reviews

Hofesh Shechter: Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut ¦ Photo: Ben Rudick

Hofesh Shechter: Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut

July 13th, 2011 by

Hofesh Shechter has carved out a name for himself as one of the high flyers in the world of dance. Two years ago he created a ‘choreographer’s cut’ of his pieceUprising/In Your Rooms, which was performed at London’s Roundhouse as a dance-meets-rock gig. The music was impressive, the sightlines a horror. Now, back at Sadler’s […]

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The Un-knitted Lives of Young Girls ¦ Photo: Graeme Braidwood

Anne Bean / Poshya Kakl: The Un-knitted Lives of Young Girls

July 8th, 2011 by

The Un-knitted Lives of Young Girls is part of a long collaborative relationship between visual and performance artist Anne Bean and young Iraqi performance artist Poshya Kakl. The performance was a screening of Kakl’s film Knitting Iron on two large screens hung on either side of a long industrial space in Birmingham’s AE Harris factory. The film documents […]

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cieLaroque/helene weinzierl: THINK FISH part I ¦ Photo: Graeme Braidwood

cieLaroque/helene weinzierl: THINK FISH part I

July 8th, 2011 by

THINK FISH by the Austrian company cieLaroque/helene weinzierl was the final performance of what had been a tense Friday evening at the BE Festival, and so its light energy and easygoing comic style was well received. CieLaroque/helene weinzierl are described in the programme as Austria’s most prolific dance touring ensemble, demonstrating BE Festival’s success in importing […]

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Sleepwalk Collective: As the flames rose we danced to the sirens, the sirens ¦ Graeme Braidwood

Sleepwalk Collective: As the flames rose we danced to the sirens, the sirens

July 8th, 2011 by

A lone woman in a blonde ‘Marilyn’ wig and slick black dress stands at a tall microphone. She speaks to us directly but with an accent that’s hard to place and poetic text that, like a dream, starts in one place and ends in another. The blonde woman talks about black and white movies and […]

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Kulunka Theatre: André & Dorine

Kulunka Theatre: André & Dorine

July 8th, 2011 by

André & Dorine, by Basque company Kulunka Theatre, was a mask theatre performance with an impressive set design – an offering that appeared gleamingly polished among BE Festival’s mixed programme of work-in-progress and finished pieces. The full-face masks were very impressive and endearing, depicting an elderly couple with caricature large heads. An old man sat […]

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