Reviews

Schweigman&: Blaas (Blow)

May 29th, 2018 by

Ever dreamed you were being smothered by a giant marshmallow? Me neither, but this is one of the many thoughts or sensory images that might occur when watching Blaas… Categorised as dance in the Brighton Festival programme, it is a dance of sorts – between an inflated white cube and an audience, initially seated. Director […]

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Dancenorth, Lucy Guerin Inc, Gideon Obarzanek & Senyawa: Attractor

May 29th, 2018 by

We are at a tribal campfire or perhaps a sweat-lodge. At the centre our Shamans, the Indonesian musicians Senyawa, are building an unearthly soundscape from Rully Shabara’s throat and Wukir Suryadi’s bamboo spear. At a certain moment, when the energy is ready, the eight dancers spark out of the circle like electricity – shaking, whirling, […]

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Third Angel and SBC Theatre: The Journeys

May 25th, 2018 by

Here is one of those ideas that seems simple on the surface but which digs deep. Across a map of the world, two men and two women are gently placing split chickpeas in lines, joining points between black pebbles. The lines mark journeys, and notes of some of these journeys are read out at intervals. […]

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Stopgap Dance Company: The Enormous Room

May 17th, 2018 by

It’s a Jewish custom to cover mirrors and black out windows for the seven days of mourning following a death. ‘Sitting shiva’ brings people together to sit without thought of themselves; the lack of mirrors denying vanity and bringing the focus inwards. This is the state in which we find bereaved husband Dave and his […]

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Slot Machine Theatre: The Boy, the Piano and The Beach

May 16th, 2018 by

Slot Machine Theatre combine contemporary dance, puppetry, digital imagery and (mostly) live piano in this ambitious performance for audiences aged 6+, commissioned for Brighton Festival 2018. The production sets a strong tone in the relatively cosy space of the Brighthelm Centre. We’re invited to sit on assorted floor coverings, with a beautifully-realised three dimensional soundwave […]

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