Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dark Circus – Stereoptik: The Pit, The Barbican, London, 26 January 2016

Getting tents Bit of a misleading title this one. Despite the morbid fascination with death, Dark Circus is more a charming work of whimsy than horror. It’s simply too beautiful to be scary. Stereoptik (aka Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet) … Continue reading

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Horror – Jakop Ahlbom Company: Peacock Theatre, London, 25 January 2016

Schlocking hell If you ever wanted to see someone have their intestine pulled out through their mouth, then this might be the thing for you. Don’t think, however, that Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror is some kind of carnival freak show – … Continue reading

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Aneckxander – Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens: Jackson’s Lane, London, 22 January 2016

The body bootiful This show was so odd that no-one realised when it had finished. Except that it hadn’t. After the bows Alexander Vantournhout carried on as people started leaving. I stayed for a good fifteen minutes afterwards and he … Continue reading

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Expiry Date – BabaFish: The Pit, The Barbican, London, 19 January 2106

Here’s to you Mr Robinson When the performers start randomly throwing sheets of paper into the air for the third time in less than an hour, you know a show’s in trouble. It was a shame really because the premise … Continue reading

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Le Corsaire – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 January 2016

Piratanical It’s undeniable that Le Corsaire is a pretty silly ballet. Its jolly japeries concerning pirates, slaves and human traffickers doesn’t sit too comfortably on modern eyes and the story is virtually incomprehensible. What saves it, and what’s kept it … Continue reading

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