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Read reviews of works in Dance Massive 2013 drawn from RealTime's archive.

talk about going to pieces!
keith gallasch: lucy guerin, conversation piece, belvoir

Rennie McDougall, Harriet Ritchie, Alisdair Macindoe, Conversation Piece, Lucy Guerin Inc Rennie McDougall, Harriet Ritchie, Alisdair Macindoe, Conversation Piece, Lucy Guerin Inc
photo Brett Boardman
“A powerful dance/theatre hybrid… Conversation Piece makes the mind work, the audience delighting in its play with their intelligence as it draws into consciousness their inherent knowledge of how talk works and they witness the palpable physicality that is ambiguously entwined with it.”
RT111

Se also Keith Gallasch's interview with Lucy Guerin about Conversation Piece and Weather in RT110; and also Guerin's extensive profile in RealTimeDance


melded minds & bodies
john bailey: antony hamilton & melanie lane, clouds over berlin

Antony Hamilton, Melanie Lane, Black Project 1 Antony Hamilton, Melanie Lane, Black Project 1
photo Ponch Hawkes
“Hamilton & Lane appear as gleaming black wraiths making their way across a post-urban wasteland. It’s a vision that gestures to the choreographer’s earlier interests—aerosol art, digital tech, breakdance—while stripping away any literal referents. The dance itself may be Hamilton’s most developed and sustained exploration of his own practice.”
RT108

See also Keith Gallasch's review as part of Spring Dance in RT111

tweaking reality
philipa rothfield: this monster body and one show only

Monster Body, Atlanta Eke, Next Wave Festival 2012 Monster Body, Atlanta Eke, Next Wave Festival 2012
photo Sam Ackroyd
“Atlanta Eke was born decades after the advent of second wave feminism. She doesn’t need to make space to be heard. She can invent. This Monster Body is an attempt to create something and in so doing to destroy something else, to rattle the bars of the cage so as to break with convention.”
RT110

See also Jane Howard's review as part of Next Wave 2012 in RT109

the body: beginning and end
keith gallasch: matthew day, intermission; adt, be your self

Matthew Day, Intermission Matthew Day, Intermission
image James Brown
“Intermission feels personal and purgatorial, although Day’s interests as expressed in interviews and his program notes indicate no such inclination towards self-exploration. Even so, the work is a dark pleasure, its grim beauty born of its curious suggestiveness and a relentless wave structure.”
RT110

See also Keith Gallasch's interview Matthew Day about preparations for Intermission in RT109

between god and human
philipa rothfield: jo lloyd’s future perfect

Luke George, Madeleine Krenek, Future Perfect Luke George, Madeleine Krenek, Future Perfect
photo Rohan Young
“The strength and power of Future Perfect is found at a distance, in the slow transformations of the group, in the ways in which, together, the group becomes bigger, more than human. That distance in turn enables perception to be freer, able to stray into the neighbourhood of the imaginary..”
RT106

at the crossroads of the senses
varia karipoff: tim darbyshire, more or less concrete

More or Less Concrete, Tim Darbyshire More or Less Concrete, Tim Darbyshire
photo Ponch Hawkes
“In More or Less Concrete, the audience witnesses a kind of abstraction of the body and its movements. The slow, dreamy pace makes this as much a study in sculptural forms as dance. Through sensory-challenging sound and lighting, it is also a retelling of these snatches of memory through performance.”
RT09

next wave day tripping
jane howard: 2012 next wave's day passes inc natalie abbot, physical fractals

PHYSICAL FRACTALS, Natalie Abbott, Next Wave Festival 2012 PHYSICAL FRACTALS, Natalie Abbott, Next Wave Festival 2012
photo Pia Johnson
"The performance builds in a series of repetitions, torsos bent over and arms circling as feet scoot back across the floor, before the dancers return to stand on the rim of the circle. Patterns repeat, so when one of the dancers moves in a slightly different direction it is startling."
RT109 online

oh how they danced!
virginia baxter: oh I wanna dance with somebody inc ben speth's wetubelive

WeTube Live, Ben Speth, Oh I Wanna Dance With Somebody WeTube Live, Ben Speth, Oh I Wanna Dance With Somebody
photos Heidrun Löhr
"There was a great sense of community engagement as sensuous hula shimmied alongside boot scooting and hysterical dummy-spit met cute kitty. "
RT112

See also coverage of WeTubelive at Junction Arts festival in RT99

realtime dance archive

For more on artists featured in Dance Massive check out our Dance Archive which includes all articles about dance since 1994, categorised by choreographer, company, festivals and more.

RealTime issue #113 Feb-March 2013 pg. web

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