Manchester international festival

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ROSE review – Sharon Eyal takes thrilling choreo to the club
Lace-clad dancers writhe and prowl across a packed dancefloor, titillating close-up audience members with their supreme confidence and awesome muscular control

Lyndsey Winship

16, Jul, 2023 @11:09 AM

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Benji Reid: Find Your Eyes review – powerful, wondrous ways of seeing
Three dancers are photographed by Reid in real time – and the beautiful still moments he extracts from their choreography form into a striking visual narrative before your eyes

Lyndsey Winship

16, Jul, 2023 @10:20 AM

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Manchester international festival: Benji Reid: Find Your Eyes; Tino Sehgal: This Entry – review
A belief in the transformative power of art unites Reid’s sensational autobiographical work and Sehgal’s meditation on the grace of football

Sarah Crompton

14, Jul, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Manchester international festival theatre roundup – carnival, canals and the Milky Way
The rigidity of othering is blown away, along with Asian stereotypes. Plus, a mixed reality celebration of Ryuichi Sakamoto and a walk on the mild side

Susannah Clapp

09, Jul, 2023 @9:30 AM

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All Right. Good Night. review – extraordinary show about dementia and a disappearing plane
This hugely eloquent show weaves together the awful mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with the tale of a father’s slide into dementia

Arifa Akbar

07, Jul, 2023 @2:14 PM

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They review – Maxine Peake’s powerful delivery leaves us wanting more
The actor’s controlled inner outrage reels us in with this eerily prescient tale from 1977 of a dystopia in which art is criminalised

Arifa Akbar

07, Jul, 2023 @10:05 AM

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Cabaret legend Justin Vivian Bond: ‘When I sing, you can hear the drinks and cigarettes I’ve had’
From kicking out the teeth of a dead cow onstage to popularising the prefix Mx, the performer has blazed a trail. Now 60, Bond talks about channeling rage into comedy – and nonconformity into revolution

Kate Wyver

03, Jul, 2023 @12:56 PM

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We Cut Through Dust review – mixed messages from post-apocalyptic Manchester
The audience tour the city listening to a series of voice notes sent by a world-weary survivor. But this promenade performance falters with its form and sense of purpose

Mark Fisher

02, Jul, 2023 @1:59 PM

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Kagami/Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tin Drum review – magical AR performance brings legendary composer back to life
Being able to watch the delicacy of the performer’s hands as he plays is an extraordinary experience, but it is his exquisitely haunting music which really dazzles

Dave Simpson

02, Jul, 2023 @12:19 PM

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untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play review – ferociously funny satire calls out centuries of colonialist dramas
Kimber Lee’s punky polemic circles through pastiches of Madama Butterfly, South Pacific and M*A*S*H, dissecting years of racist, imperialist and misogynistic tropes

Mark Fisher

02, Jul, 2023 @10:17 AM

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‘I need to do this’: Maxine Peake on her daring dystopia play performed in a library
Kay Dick’s novel They was almost forgotten – but its dark predictions are eerily prescient. Perfect fodder for Peake and her new company to bring to life in Manchester

Kate Wyver

30, Jun, 2023 @1:00 PM

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The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions review – unforgettable celebration of queer activism
At times chaotic but never less than virtuosic, Philip Venables’ take on Larry Mitchell’s 70s manifesto is gritty but sensual and extravagant

Flora Willson

29, Jun, 2023 @9:00 PM

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