Category Archives: Improvisation

A fingerprint, a footprint… Any kind of trace

My impressions of Ireland are formed by two things: Once the Musical, and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s RianAnd really, I ask myself, how is it I don’t live there/have never even visited?

I loved Rian when I first saw it at Sadler’s Wells in 2011. That was admittedly before I began writing (or tweeting even) about dance, so unfortunately no formal records exist. But I’ll never forget how smile-inducing the entire show was, how some Irish in the audience were gamely singing along, and how much I wanted to be part of the performance. It seemed to remind me – amidst the occasional weariness of dance training – of how enjoyable and liberating dance can and should be.

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Find your partner

This morning, I went to a masterclass by Mui Cheuk-Yin. What a name (that’s very poetic-sounding in Mandarin) huh!

Last night, I saw Solo/Duet presented by T.H.E Dance Company, and Mui’s Untitled opened the triple bill. A bit of a jumbled experience – I wasn’t covering the show (where someone else had to publish my writing), so I went to a studio preview a week ago. And I thought I’d have liked to have attended the class before seeing her work.

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Tel A-viva!

For the last six days, I’ve been in Tel Aviv. Dancing, reading (Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall), laughing, and eating. I saw friends – who are still at Rambert, whom I graduated alongside, who are now based in Israel. I met lovely people, including a pensioner at class who turned out to be an ex-Batsheva, ex-LCDT dancer (who spotted my Rambert School jumper and talked about the principal Ross McKim, who he danced with) and ex-Batsheva rehearsal and artistic director! A prize to whoever can tell me his name – I seem to have mastered the British art of having a conversation without asking for a name!

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