Ben Duke

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The best dance of the 21st century
Ferocious flamenco, bittersweet ballet and a harrowing masterpiece are among the greatest dance creations of our age

18, Sep, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows
Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said …

Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

24, Jun, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Top 10 dance shows of 2018
Romeo and Juliet muddled into middle age, Akram Khan suffered shell-shock, Rambert2 lost control – and William Forsythe gave ballet a stratospheric street shakeup

Judith Mackrell and Lyndsey Winship

17, Dec, 2018 @6:00 PM

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'The body lights up': stroke survivors find their footing through dance
After fresh and funny takes on Shakespeare and Paradise Lost, Ben Duke brings together five people who have had a stroke to tell their stories – and help them reconnect with their bodies

Lyndsey Winship

15, Oct, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Juliet and Romeo review – star-crossed lovers try couples therapy
In Ben Duke and Lost Dog’s smart, wryly subversive and sexy dance-theatre piece, Juliet and Romeo didn’t die in that tomb. Worse … they grew old together

Judith Mackrell

19, Feb, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The week in dance: Juliet & Romeo/The Winter’s Tale review – bloody valentines
Shakespeare’s lovers live on as a warring couple trapped in a romantic narrative

Luke Jennings

18, Feb, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Rambert review – Ben Duke's dance to the death is a searingly emotional joyride
Inspired by the onstage intensity of Nina Simone, the centrepiece of this triple bill blurs real life and performance to spectacular effect

Judith Mackrell

22, Nov, 2017 @2:03 PM

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'Dancers didn’t speak to Merce Cunningham like this!': Ben Duke's backstage Rambert diary
He has 22 dancers, five musicians and six weeks to create a work that answers Nina Simone’s call for artists to reflect the times. Choreographer Ben Duke on the battles and breakthroughs of his new show, Goat

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18, Oct, 2017 @6:00 AM

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New bromantics: the return of circus dancers Barely Methodical Troupe
In Bromance, they sketched out their blossoming friendship in dance and circus tricks. Now the Barely Methodical Troupe are riffing on Lord of the Flies with their new show Kin. They explain why it’s ‘a new tree in our garden’

Lyn Gardner

20, Apr, 2016 @9:24 AM

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Edinburgh festival fringe works; Ballett Zürich review – it’s far more fun on the fringe
This year’s Edinburgh offerings proved that the most original work is found beyond the official programme

Luke Jennings

30, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Why the Edinburgh festival is now the Place for dance
At the Edinburgh fringe, both Vera Tussing’s T-Dance and Igor and Moreno’s Idiot-Syncrasy explore what it means to move and to be moved

Judith Mackrell

24, Aug, 2015 @1:05 PM

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Paradise Lost review – triumphant gallop through the story of creation
Setting Milton’s Paradise Lost as a solo dance is a monumental task, but Ben Duke does it with shambolic vigour

Judith Mackrell

27, May, 2015 @2:02 PM

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