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Stepping Out

Marianka Swain looks back on a busy year and previews 2016 Same-sex dance made headlines again in 2015 with the Strictly debate, but the real news was on the dancefloor, with improvements in outreach and visibility leading to exciting competitions … Continue reading

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Moderate Soprano is a moderate success

Following Farinelli and the King, here’s another gently aimless drama about opera and – more circuitously – the inestimable value of art. David Hare takes us back to 1934 and the birth of Glyndebourne, with Rae Smith’s design illustrating its … Continue reading

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Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse

“I want to be alone,” Greta Garbo famously announced in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Vicki Baum’s Menschen im Hotel, set in 1928 Berlin. The portmanteau novel has had a bumpier road to stage success, with Luther Davis, Robert Wright … Continue reading

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Practice, nudity and the German Open

My articles in the July issue of Dance Today, out now: Practice makes perfect How to master the art of practising The naked truth Is flashing the flesh a necessary part of dance? Stepping Out The Brits impress at the competitive German Open Championships New in … Continue reading

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Beyond Bollywood, London Palladium

It seems almost redundant to critique a show that so ably – if unconsciously – critiques itself. “The power of Bollywood is it’s unique!” cries one character, before squandering that uniqueness in tired East/West fusion; and “Dance should have feeling!” … Continue reading

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Listed: Wall Flowers – The Best of Berlin

It divided a city, but the Wall produced great stories, dramas and films. We pick our favourites. Read the full post on theartsdesk

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Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, Finborough Theatre

For those who have spent the past few months nodding along to World War I conversations while desperately trying to remember who killed that archduke and why, Rolf Hochhuth has kindly supplied a solution in the form of a dramatised … Continue reading

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A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse

The pivotal early 1930s period in which Herr Hitler overcame strong if fractured left-wing opposition should make for meaty drama, but the sluggish polemic currently occupying Southwark Playhouse will leave carnivorous viewers unsatiated. American playwright Tony Kusher is rightly celebrated … Continue reading

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Playing politics

It seems almost unnecessary to criticise Tony Kushner’s insufferable polemic when he does so regularly within the text of A Bright Room Called Day. Characters rebuke one another for their “bad romantic posturing”, “elegant despair” and “carefully constructed but immobile” … Continue reading

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Mostly build-up…debatable climax

“How long do you intend to draw this out?” So enquires German philosopher Adorno of his student-turned-extorter, who claims to possess the material influential academic Walter Benjamin smuggled out of Nazi-occupied Paris shortly before his death. Yet the question could … Continue reading

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