The Trocks: Wardrobe Secrets

Stuffing the Swan. Mary Brennan gets Jenni Schwaner-Ladd to spill the beans on some of the Trocks’ wardrobe secrets… Before you jump to any rude conclusions – this is not a Trocks ‘initiation ritual’ or any kind of vulgar party … Read more

Are you sitting comfortably? Focus on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

By Mary Brennan Good. Because I have something rather shocking to tell you about Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. They do not come from Monte Carlo . They haven’t ever performed there either. But what the heck – home … Read more

Donald Hutera welcomes back the Cubans

There’s a certain poetic justice in the fact that Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (DCC) was founded the same year as the 1959 Revolution. It has since become the nation’s flagship contemporary dance troupe with a hybrid, hothouse style that is … Read more

Dancers as Athletes

The human body is an amazing machine and in everyday life we use merely a fraction of the muscles and movement permutations available to us.  Contemporary dance is one dance genre that constantly explores the movements of the body striving … Read more

One moment in time

Dance photography began as a recording device to mark dancers and dance works in history, capturing the treasured moments and acting as a preservation tool for choreographers’ work.  As dance as an art form developed and choreographers began moving beyond … Read more

Bringers of Light – Part One

By Donald Hutera Donald Hutera illuminates some of the motives, methods and mysteries surrounding light and dance… Setting aside the relationship between music and motion, lighting seems the most obvious element of a live dance performance. Without it, how would … Read more

Bringers of Light – Part Two ‘Finnish Wizard’ Mikki Kunttu

‘My lighting should not be valued too highly,’ says Mikki Kunttu, ‘because by itself it’s nothing.’ Such typically Finnish modesty, while admirable, can’t disguise the fact that Kunttu has rapidly become one of the best young lighting designers in the … Read more

Bringers of Light – Part Three ‘Breath of Light’ Michael Hulls

By Donald Hutera Russell Maliphant’s take on Michael Hulls is plain and direct: ‘He’s the best. With Mike the architecture of the space is always changing, opening up or closing down. It’s like breathing.’ Lighting, rather than music, is often … Read more

Bringers of Light – Part Four ‘Shared Visions’ Lucy Carter

By Donald Hutera Lucy Carter has worked regularly with a handful of top British dance-makers. Whatthey want from her lighting varies greatly. ‘I like barely perceptible changes that happen over time,’ says Charles Linehan. Carter has lit a dozen of … Read more

Bringers of Light – Part Five ‘In a Privileged Light ‘ Carol Brown

By Donald Hutera As I’ve moved into a more visual sense of performance,’ says Carol Brown, ‘lighting has increasingly become installed within the structural element of a piece.’ On that score she sings the praises of Michael Mannion, whose work … Read more