Posts Under ‘Dance’ Category

The Wedding

The Wedding feels quite different from the other Gecko shows I’ve seen (Overcoat, Institute, Dreamer).  There’s less of the usual warmth, and it’s more episodic, broken up into discrete chunks as opposed to a coherent narrative, perhaps more reminiscent of ‘street theatre’.  It feels bigger, focusing on groups of people rather than allowing us to engage… Continue Reading →

Aurillac Festival International de Théâtre de Rue

I guess you could consider this as a ‘holiday’ post, but really I thought the concept of the Festival International de Théâtre de Rue at Aurillac in Central France was relevant to what is happening in theatre everywhere at the moment.  There’s something about Street Theatre that makes it fascinating to watch.  Perhaps it’s the… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – The North

Further North than Manchester, further north than Edinburgh, this production at DanceBase makes clever use of space and time to create a strange and evocative landscape. Blending elements from dance, physical theatre and puppetry, The North features dancers Solène Weinachter (Lost Dog, Gecko), John Kendall (balletLORENT), and Eve Ganneau (Scottish Dance Theatre). John is lost… Continue Reading →

FLARE17: Sprachspiel

Sprachspiel by L’hommmm/Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme (Belgium) FLARE17 arrives at the Royal Exchange with Sprachspiel. Sprachspiel is a performance on the line between art and philosophical experiment. Showing how communication emerges out of play, not out of understanding, the performance was inspired by Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s idea that language does not need clear-cut concepts… Continue Reading →

What if I Told You

Pauline Mayers brings theatre/dance piece What if I Told You? (directed by Chris Goode) to the Royal Exchange Studio.  The performance weaves together interconnected strands to investigate prejudice based on skin colour.  Theatre and dance combine in a thought-provoking yet playful exploration of life, racism and how slavery informed modern medical practices. There are five… Continue Reading →