Tuesday, 18 November 2014


I am fairly convinced that the Southbank Centre is trying to tempt me back to London. Either that, or my sister has a hand in the programming and knows what can entice me south to visit the family.

Highlights of this season include:Six world-class shows from award-winning UK and international artists as part of the 39th London International Mime Festival

Improbable's The Eldership Project, a new Southbank Centre work in progress commission exploring 21st century attitudes towards elders

The world premiere of The Spalding Suite, a new Southbank Centre commission by Inua Ellams featuring a beat-boxer and five male dancers who all have some previous experience playing basketball

The London Premiere of HUG, Verity Standen’s choral sound bath for 25 singers and 25 audience members

English National Ballet presents its annual competition, the Emerging Dancer Award

Opening Night, an improvised work by Les SlovaKs ,an all-male dance collective from Slovakia

Two Scottish Dance Theatre productions choreographed by Fleur Darkin – Innocence, a piece for young children inspired by the poetry of William Blake, and Miann, inspired by the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis

Company Chameleon explore masculinity in Beauty Of The Beast

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola present the UK premiere of d’avant as Sasha Waltz & Guests

Vocalist-beatboxer-musician-comedian-improviser Reggie Watts returns to Southbank Centre with a new show

I shall get into the details of this later - and, as much as I like Company Chameleon, I'm okay for any further explorations of masculinity through dance. And I wonder whether SDT fancy having an embedded critic when they head down to The Smoke. 

I know all the cool night-spots round that area...

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