Category Archives: Barbican

Triple Bill – Ballet Black: Barbican Theatre, The Barbican Centre, London, 3 March 2017

Wolfing it down The big draw of Ballet Black’s new Triple Bill was Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s world premiere of Red Riding Hood. Taking a sidelong look at ye olde faerie tale it gives the main characters a bit more contemporary … Continue reading

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Robot – Blanca Li Dance Company: Barbican Theatre, The Barbican, London, 22 February 2017

Robot ears I would liked to have said Blanca Li’s Robot was a case of style over substance but there wasn’t even a great deal of style in it. It was a messy hotch-potch of vignettes that didn’t connect to … Continue reading

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Kiss & Cry – Charleroi Danses: Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, 1 February 2017

Digit all Kiss & Cry is simply incredible; it’s arguably the most beautiful, inventive, clever and most heart-breakingly melancholic show I’ve ever seen. It should be a mess really. The stage is full of technical equipment and there are several … Continue reading

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Marzo – Dewey Dell: The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 25 January 2017

Manga Italiana Well, this is a weird show. At its heart it’s a simple boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl fancies someone else kind of affair. Only the protagonists are aliens, superheroes and an ageing  Samurai … Continue reading

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Marée Basse – Sacekripa: The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 17 January 2017

Knife to meet you So what happens when you put two drunk variety artists in a cramped room with a couple of bottles of wine and several very sharp knives? Well, not quite the anarchic pandemonium you might expect. Sacekripa’s … Continue reading

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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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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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