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Three's A Crowd uses the language of circus to explore human relationships

2 Feb 20153 stars

Aerial company All Or Nothing impress with graceful aerials but the performance concept is limiting

This pleasing piece from Edinburgh’s resident aerial company All or Nothing plays clever tricks with the language of circus to explore aspects of human relationships. The words ‘push’, ‘support’ and ‘hold’ pop up in performer Itxaso Moreno’s opening…

Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppélia

13 Jan 2015

Midland-based company tackle Arthur Saint-Léon's classic

Heritage runs through Birmingham Royal Ballet like a stick of rock. Known as Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet for many years, before its relocation to the Midlands in 1990, the company has been home to some of Britain’s finest dancers, choreographers and…

Preview: Jasmin Vardimon Company – Park

12 Jan 2015

Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon tours her critically-lauded work

For Jasmin Vardimon, staging a production is a lot like buying a house – it’s all about the location. To explore our relationship with health, she choreographed a work set in a hospital; to look at our legal system, she re-created a court room. And…

Review: Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker

19 Dec 20144 stars

It’s an odd little story, The Nutcracker ballet. On Christmas Eve, Clara is given the gift of a wooden man who comes to life after midnight to lead her into a strange land. Some choreographers use it as a springboard to explore Freud, some to riff on…

2015 Highlights: Stage

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Manipulate, Slab Boys, Coppelia, Cirkopolis, Kevin Bridges and Glasgow Comedy Festival

Weaving together puppetry, visual theatre and dance, Manipulate's vision is international, experimental and accessible. Kicking off with Edinburgh Festival hit Maria Addolorata, which examines the limits of physical pain and ecstatic joy, through dance…

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Hogmanay 2014 in Edinburgh and Glasgow

12 Dec 2014

Not sure what New Year celebrations to enjoy? Plan your itinerary from live music to loony dooks

The Spiegeltent in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square is covering pretty much every performance genre this year. Comedian Al Murray has promised surprise guests each night at The Pub Landlord’s Festive Saloon (Mon 29–Wed 31 Dec), or there are terrifyingly…

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker

12 Dec 2014

Scottish Ballet revives Peter Darrell's legendary production

He’s the man who started it all. The founder, the visionary, the choreographer and, until his untimely death in 1987, the artistic director of Scottish Ballet. As such, Peter Darrell is in receipt of no small amount of posthumous respect. So when…

Scotch & Soda

27 Nov 20144 stars

Australian circus brings roguish magic to Edinburgh’s Paradiso Spiegeltent

Edinburghers are spoiled for Spiegeltents and circus stunts during the summer, so it makes sense that Underbelly – along with Unique Events – have begun to expand this magic into a sort of winter Fringe, supplementing the markets and fairground rides…

Christopher's Bruce's Rooster comes to Edinburgh

11 Nov 2014

Contemporary dance show set to Rolling Stones back catalogue from the Rambert dance company

Music can make or break a dance work, so the need for good choices weighs heavy on any choreographer. For Christopher Bruce, whose 1991 work, Rooster forms the centrepiece of Rambert’s autumn tour, the decision was a natural one. The Rolling Stones…

Preview: Edward Scissorhands

7 Nov 2014

Narrative dance show based on Tim Burton's classic film comes to Glasgow

Sit in a production meeting with Lez Brotherston, and chances are you’ll hear the word ‘why’ on more than one occasion. ‘My training is to question everything,’ says the set and costume designer, ‘it’s just the way I think.’ In 2005, when Brotherston…

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The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Sunset Song, Three Sisters, Cardinal Sinne, Bondagers, Up Close and Symphony

Sunset Song Scotland's most popular novel is faithfully reproduced for the stage through Alastair Cording's adaptation. A tale of hardship and matriarchal optimism where war destroys live and dreams. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 21–Sat 25…

Best of BE Festival comes to Edinburgh – Sat 8 Nov 2014

21 Oct 2014

Top acts from Birmingham's annual festival of challenging theatre will perform at the Traverse

With three performances from across Europe ranging from ballroom-inspired solos to a multimedia meditation on waiting, BE Festival arrives at the Traverse for an autumnal burst of energy. Radioballet dance through thoughts on beauty, Mokhallad Rasem…

Preview: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

21 Oct 2014

Company will tour Scotland with mixed repertoire programme of Royston Maldoom's work

When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show. ‘I prefer mixed repertoire programmes to those…

Preview: Scottish Ballet – Up Close

21 Oct 2014

Company to tour Scotland with line-up including Elite Syncopations and choreographer James Cousins

We’re used to big productions on big stages from our national ballet company, but the Up Close tour is a chance for audiences across the country to see what Scottish ballet is really made of. Performed at close quarters, the lineup includes works by…

Cross-genre music innovator Rustie brings Green Language tour to Glasgow

21 Oct 2014

Much anticipated homecoming show from Russell Whyte at the Art School

‘More serious,’ is what Glasgow’s own Rustie (aka Russell Whyte) says he wanted from his follow-up to 2011 debut album Glass Swords. The original, he apparently considered, had thrown too much into the mix in terms of trying to make itself heard with…

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Opinion: Event Cinema vs live theatre

20 Oct 2014

The List's Theatre editor Garth K Vile looks at the merits of screening dramatic art at cinemas

Event Cinema – the simultaneous broadcast of a live theatre performance into cinemas around the world – has several advantages over traditional performances. The chairs are more comfortable, big shows and stars from London and Moscow can be seen in…

Brazilian dance group Grupo Corpo set for Edinburgh shows

17 Oct 2014

Each performance will include Parabelo and Sem Mim routines based on South American traditions

The quest for perfect unison is a challenge for most dance companies, and the bigger you are, the harder it gets. For Brazil’s Grupo Corpo, synchronised movement is a way of life, and watching the 22 dancers move it feels as if they’re all sharing the…

Preview: Dracula in dance by Mark Bruce Company

14 Oct 2014

Award-winning show coming to Glasgow in time for Hallowe'en

Tales don’t come much more enduring than the story of a vampiric count holed up in his scary big abode in deepest Transylvania. With Hallowe’en approaching, why not book your date with Drac courtesy of the Mark Bruce Company and a show which nabbed this…

ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

6 Oct 20144 stars

Highlights include Queen of Krump, Kia Labeija and M Lamar's stunning musical evocation of slavery

Arika's dynamic reconstruction of the festival format makes the discussions as important as the artistic presentations: with academics brushing shoulders with the Queen of Krump and opera singer M Lamar, Episode 6 places music and dance in the context…

Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

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Tina Sutton – The Making of Markova

26 Sep 20144 stars

Meticulously researched and dynamically written homage to Britain's first ballet star

When journalist Tina Sutton was handed the boxed-up archives of prima ballerina Alicia Markova by Boston University, she could scarcely have guessed the treasure trove that lay inside. Decades of letters, diaries, press clippings and theatre programmes…

Make or Break hip hop competition set to showcase best of Scottish talent

23 Sep 2014

Dance crews from Edinburgh and Glasgow to compete at event hosted by Tony Thrills

Watching judges preside over dancers is a regular occurrence on TV these days – but seeing it live, and championing your favourites with some vocal appreciation, is a whole different ball game. With competitors from home and abroad squaring up at…

Caribou - Our Love

19 Sep 20143 stars

Canadian returns with psychedelic electronic dance record

Dan Snaith’s long journey from master of neo-psychedelic pop eclecticism into a full-blown, wee-small-hours, floor-filling electronic dance artist is complete with his fourth album as Caribou. 2010’s inspired Swim backstroked strongly in that direction…

Interview: balletLORENT's Liv Lorent discusses new family-friendly production Rapunzel

16 Sep 2014

Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy and creatives from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

Despite the often brutal content in the original texts, fairytales aren’t known for their adult appeal. But why restrict them to bedtime stories and Disney films, when tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm have so much to say about life?

Interview: choreographer Helen Pickett and dancer Nicholas Shoesmith on Scottish Ballet's The Crucible

16 Sep 2014

The company is pairing Arthur Miller's classic with Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems

In 2012, Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire came sweltering onto our stages, wowing critics and proving that dance can bring just as much to complex plays as it always has to fairytales. Now, the company’s autumn season has them turning once…