Category Archives: Barbican

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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The Forever Loop – Eddie Peake: Curve Gallery, The Barbican, London, 9 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Dancing to a new ditty Having done a bit of hip-hop and contemporary dance in his younger days, it’s perhaps no surprise that London-based artist Eddie Peake’s new commission to fill the the Barbican’s Curve Gallery is full of movement. … Continue reading

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Petrushka – New York Philharmonic/Giants Are Small: Barbican Centre, London, 19 April 2015

Roll up, roll up! It’s not every day that you see an orchestra of such international esteem as the New York Philharmonic all wearing fluffy hats when they’re playing. But that’s the sort of thing that happens when you put … Continue reading

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32 rue Vandenbranden – Peeping Tom: The Barbican, London, 29 January 2015

Snowly does it The closing section of Peeping Tom’s 32 rue Vandenbranden was effectively a series of superb solos and duets. The way Maria Carolina Viera, for example, yanked her body around herself was extraordinary, the expression of dire denigration … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – English National Ballet: Barbican Theatre, London, 5 April 2014

Claiming new territory A new venue and a new outlook. Tamara Rojo has commissioned three new works for the English National Ballet from three of Britain’s brightest choreographers, including two contemporary choreographers, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan, who’ve never worked … Continue reading

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Mozart Undone – Betty Nansen Teatret: Barbican Theatre, London, 25 February 2014

Zip up! I’m going to be honest and admit that I didn’t know what the hell was going on in Betty Nansen Teatret, Cederholm & Hellemann Bros’ Mozart Undone. It might be a work of genius, it might be a … Continue reading

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