Category Archives: The Place

The Happiness Project – Didy Veldman’s Umanoove: The Place, London, 2 May 2017

It’s a warm gun Didy Veldman is an ex-Rambert dancer who’s been successfully choreographing freelance around the world for many years now. Getting a bit brassed off with all the travelling involved, she decided to set up her own company … Continue reading

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Spring Loaded: Triple Bill – Robert Clark/James Wilton/James Cousins: The Place, London, 5 June 2013

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun I saw James Cousins’ There We Have Been at its premiere at Sadler’s Wells in September 2012. At the time I thought it was a superb piece but … Continue reading

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Resolution! 2013 – Hinged, Camila Gutierrez & Fionn Cox-Davies, Cesilie Kvernland, The Nonsuch Dancers: The Place, London, 14 February 2013

Well, it’s worth a try The penultimate night of Resolution! 2013, The Place’s six-week long festival of new work, was a pretty good one. First up were Hinged who might be better changing their name to Unhinged. A re-telling of … Continue reading

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Currency 1 – Clément Layes and Jan Martens: The Place, London, 20 November 2012

Mad Hitters’ tea party Forever trying to come up with positive new ways to attract the public to contemporary dance, The Place have launched the Currency festival. Showcasing six rarely seen European choreographers over three nights they’re also opening dialogues … Continue reading

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Motherland – Vincent Dance Theatre, The Place, London, 10 November 2012

Battle of the Planets There’s no denying that the performers of Sheffield-based Vincent Dance Theatre are a very talented bunch. Between them they can play piano, guitar, violin, cello, bass, percussion and harmonica. They’re deft mime artists, striking physical acrobats and … Continue reading

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At Home – Richard Alston Dance Company: The Place, London, 3 October 2012

Sitting on my sofa, sipping at my soda Opening their autumn 2012 season At Home the Richard Alston Dance Company showed off a quartet of works including, as a statement of creative intent, a couple of pieces brand new to … Continue reading

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The Place Prize (semi-final 4) – The Place, London, 22 September 2012

Who’d have thought? The last semi-final of the 2012/13 The Place Prize wandered creatively all over the  joint. A very cross-looking Martha Pasakopoulou rushed on first with a dangerous yell in Eva Recacha’s The Wishing Well. The piece somewhat ponderously … Continue reading

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The Place Prize (semi-final 3) – The Place, London, 20 September 2012

There’s good and bad in all of us The bi-annual The Place Prize pits the wits of 16 fresh choreographers (selected from over 200 applicants) in a competition decided not just by the approved judges but also by the audience. … Continue reading

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A Celebration of Bob Lockyer – Various Artists: Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London, 13 April 2012

Ice-cream and cake all round More a celebration for Bob Lockyer rather than the publicised Celebration of Bob Lockyer this was an enterprisingly varied celebration of work that typified Lockyer’s eclectic approach to the dance work he was able to … Continue reading

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