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November 04, 2022

A performer, barefoot and wearing a yellow jumpsuit, jumps high in the air with arms gesticulating. In the background are red stage lights and red fabric hangings.

Mesmerizing, metaphorical and full of superb acrobatics, this is a circus performance like no other. It begins with an evocation of birth, as a naked man slowly rips his way out through a giant piece […]

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Are we not drawn onward to new erA

November 04, 2022

A figure wearing a salmon-coloured shirt and face mask holds up a red tube exhuming a large cloud of white smoke that envelops the room. On the ground are multicoloured pieces of crinkled plastic.

Ontoerend Goed’s palindromic take on the climate crisis uses structure as metaphor, employing repetition and reversal to symbolize the need for a worldwide undoing of our actions. The play starts off with backward speech from […]

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Le cri des méduses

November 03, 2022

A group of dancers, partially clothed with skin covered in dark smears. They are intertwined, grabbing onto each other in a stack of bodies. The floor is gray and there is a gray irregular structure behind them.

The inspiration for this haunting, dreamlike dance performance is Géricault’s The Raft of Medusa, which depicts a jumble of intertwined bodies and has human desperation as its theme. Choreographer Alan Lake has taken the painting’s […]

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LONTANO + INSTANTE

November 03, 2022

Long-exposure image of Juan Ignacio Tula in Instante, standing in a dark room. He is shirtless and stares into the camera, holding a white stack of paper. Circling him are two rings made of many horizontal rings of light motion lines.

For these two dazzling shows, Juan Ignacio Tula and Marica Marinoni start with a simple concept: one human being plus a large aluminum ring called a Cyr wheel. In LONTANO, Marica spins the Cyr with […]

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Lolling and Rolling

November 03, 2022

Jaha Koo, who has short black hair and is wearing glasses and a black T-shirt and headphones around his beck, is DJing. In the background is a video of green glitches.

Video, music and monologue come together as Jaha Koo takes on the absurdities of linguistic imperialism. The main subject is the South Korean phenomenon of tongue-tie surgery, a procedure that makes it easier for patients […]

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Never Twenty One

November 03, 2022

A dancer in black pants stands facing away from the camera, arms gesturing. The room is darkly lit, highlighting their bare back and arms which are covered in white-painted testimonials of the families of young Black men who have been victims of gun violence.

Smaïl Kanouté’s dance production is a lament, a tribute and a protest. It takes its name from the hashtag #Never21–a reference to Black men who have lost their lives to gun violence before reaching 21 […]

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