Category Archives: Dance

Polka

Polka by Mark Morris. The dance uses a piece for violin and piano by contemporary composer Lou Harrison. Morris was taken by its final movement, called, strangely enough, “polka.” I always start with a piece of music. I’m not doing, … Read more

Juicy Lucy

A tune for Mother’s Day from Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood. This sweet video was directed by Billy Martin; he’s the drummer in the band – The video for ‘Juicy Lucy’ features my mom, who is a former Radio City … Read more

Smashed

A short trailer for Smashed by Gandini Juggling. A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre, inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, “Smashed” is a series of nostalgic filmic scenes exploring conflict, lost love and quaint afternoon tea. Another version, … Read more

Vollmond

The Christmas full moon got me thinking lunatic thoughts and I remembered this wonderful piece by Pina Bausch for Tanztheater Wuppertal. Vollmond, meaning full moon or high tide, is among Pina’s most revered works and has been making waves, literally, … Read more

Flying To Barcelona

Over the Pyrenees a week before Easter, en route to Barcelona, the spectacular view a heartbreaking reminder of the suicidal plane crash five days earlier. A flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf had fallen from the sky onto similar mountains near … Read more

4 x 4: Ephemeral Architectures

A short trailer for a new piece by Gandini Juggling, to be premiered in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House on 13th, 14th, 15th January – 4 x 4: Ephemeral Architectures features jugglers and dancers performing together … Read more

Sacred Monsters

Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem after their final performance of Sacred Monsters at Sadler’s Wells. They gave it their all and got a rapturous response from the audience. We were fortunate to be there.

Away With The Birds

Hanna Tuulikki’s ‘Air falbh leis na h-eòin’ is a body of work exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. On the 29th and 30th of August it becomes a sited performance on the Isle of Canna. Hanna’s vocal composition, … Read more

Wells & Mells

Cathedral Green at Wells, the eternal stone partnered with an inflated upstart. We arrived just in time for the Somerset Schools Folk Dance Festival, a ceilidh for more than 2,000 primary school children, all stepping and skipping and turning circles … Read more

B For Barcelona

This large letter B is on a rooftop in the Born district of Barcelona. Is it B for Barcelona or is it perhaps B for Born in Barcelona (that old Springsteen classic)? Or maybe it doesn’t stand for either, especially … Read more