Be the frame

When the train leaves the station in Prague, I already start to imagine the bodies of my fellow critics from the three days spent together at a workshop and panel talk on dance writing at the Czech Dance Platform festival. 

Dark stories shaped to perfection – Nederlands Dans Theater in London

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), one of Europe’s most prominent dance companies, paid a visit to London last April. Sadler’s Wells theatre hosted their triple bill, featuring two newer works, premiered in The Hague last year, and one “classic” by the former longstanding director of the company Jiří Kylián.

I am a dance critic. I am a member of an endangered species

The critic has never been a particularly popular person. In his poem Rezensent, published in 1774, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe writes: ‘Schlagt ihn tot den Hund! Er ist ein Rezensent.’ (‘Beat the dog to death! He is a reviewer.’). 

From stage to page: Translating dance into the written word

I, like many other writers, suffer from imposter syndrome. Before every pitch email I send, show I attend, or interview I conduct, I ask myself: “is anyone really interested in little old Emily May from Worcestershire’s opinion on this?”

Human creativity under threat?

Only two years ago, there were quiet salon discussions about artificial intelligence, which seemed to be something mysterious and far from reality. 

An Extraordinary and Poetic Cinderella

Jean-Christophe Maillot's version of Cinderella returned to Prague. A new generation of dancers from the National Theatre got the opportunity to perform in an unusual take on the well-known story.

Naharin's provocative Hora put Ostrava on its feet

The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ballet Company has long amazed its audiences with its courage to present not only classical ballet titles but also famous contemporary choreographers.