Category Archives: Dance

Being John McLean

This time last year, as relief from the winter gloom, we went down to Margate to see an exhibition of paintings by Patrick Heron. This year there’s no need to travel quite so far; the Art Space Gallery in Islington … Read more

For Ashley

These days I seem to be mostly listening to cello music. I was recently introduced to this wonderful video performance by Ashley Bathgate of a piece written for her by Andrew Norman, inspired by J S Bach’s Prelude from the … Read more

Parabelo: Grupo Corpo

Brazilian dance ensemble Grupo Corpo performing their 1997 piece Parabelo, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras with music by Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik. “From working and devotional chants, from the memory of the rhythmic baião and from the exuberant and … Read more

Bach: Grupo Corpo

Brazilian dance ensemble Grupo Corpo performing their 1996 piece Bach, (“it’s like a game between what one hears and what one sees”), choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras with music by Marco Antônio Guimarães (channelling J.S.Bach). Grupo Corpo | Bach

Ama

A breathtaking short film by underwater freediving artist and director Julie Gautier. “Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I … Read more

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