In the depths of dead love ,The Print Room. Photo Hugo Glendinning
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In the depths of dead love

When Howard Barker is at the top of his game, as he is in this play, his words sing. Although ' In the depths of dead love' is very much within the camp of recent Barker plays about the place of the poet in soc...
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The Tiger Who Came For Tea

Used as one now is to the adult jokes embedded in kids’ movies, a tic that has always, it seems, been prevalent in panto, it is strange to come across a show that is single-mindedly created and designed for c...
3.0★ ★ ★

Sasha Waltz & Guests — Sacre

Of all the three pieces in Sasha Waltz Sacre, the one I found most difficult to emotionally engage with was the title and last piece, Sacre, set to Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring. Waltz doesn’t take the arche...
3.0★ ★ ★

As it Empties Out

Jefta van Dinther’s ‘As it Empties Out’ is more installation than dance piece, though it does have some very fine dance sequences in it. There are visuals of such extraordinary beauty that you want to fra...
2.0★ ★

Jasmin Vardimon Company — PARK

There was little about Park that I liked. Set in a park, its characters include a bag wielding granny type, a street-smart couple, a bureaucrat, a Chinese investor and a siren, who also plays the part of the me...
Akram Khan Company
3.0★ ★ ★

Akram Khan Company

After the wonder of Desh, Khan’s solo dance performance which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2011, I came to this show expecting an awful lot. Khan is a man who dances beautifully and has the imagination t...
The Rite of Spring and Petrushka
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The Rite of Spring and Petrushka

In putting these two ballets together, director-choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan would appear to be suggesting that there is a link-through in their narratives. In this production, the later composed and dark...
Improvisao
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Improvisao

Jonathan Jones, in a wonderful article published several years ago (‘The Guardian, 2004), spoke of improvisation as being a particularly American art form. Jazz, he linked to the acting style of Marlon Brando...
The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes
1.5★ ★

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes

Although more people read Agatha Christie than they do Conan Doyle, it is his creation that is the most renowned fictional detective in the world. We like Holmes for his cleverness, his disdain of ordinariness ...
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The Domestic Crusaders

Three generations of a Pakistani American family meet for a reunion in the wake of 9/11? The one line synopsis rankled, and as I walked into Tara Arts, it was with some trepidation.  Islamic fundamentalism? Th...