Category Archives: Barbican

Hoochie Koochie – Trajal Harrell: Barbican Art Gallery, The Barbican, London, 23 July 2017

London is voguing There’s a ballet by Alexander Ekman called Cacti that basically takes the piss out of critics trying to misguidedly pin meaning onto a choreographers intentions. I felt I was being sucked into the same trap with Trajal … Continue reading

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Zero Point – Darren Johnston: Barbican Theatre, The Barbican, London, 26 May 2017

Lots blunt An awful lot of preparation went into formulating Zero Point. British choreographer Darren Johnston initially developed the idea through a Research & Development project at the Barbican in 2014, then he took on a residency at the Museum … Continue reading

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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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