As You Like It (as you’ve never seen it), a bit of Slap and Tickle, and a few hundred shoes: The story so far at Dance International Glasgow

Posted on 27 Apr 2017 in Performance

​One week into our festival, and we’ve enjoyed several sell-out shows, both in Tramway and offsite, and seen a rich array of productions garner praise from the critics.

Festival opener 'Each Other', from our next door neighbours Scottish Ballet, was universally acclaimed, The Scotsman and online reviewers Bachtrack and Playstosee all awarding it 4 stars. ‘Brutal, visionary, seething with timeless relevance’ said The Herald’s Mary Brennan, who gave the entire opening night a whopping 5 stars, highlighting the ‘sheer brilliance’ of Liz Aggiss’ ‘hilarious tickle (that) never undermines the serious slap', and urging her readers to visit the ‘adventure into time, space and movement‘ that is the (still open) gallery installation from Siobhan Davies Dance. 

Online mag Exeunt was also seduced by Aggiss and her Slap & Tickle, ‘part fever-dream burlesque, part twisted nursery rhyme’ They praised too the off-site 'VOID' (from Mele Broome and V/DA) as ‘other-worldly, historic and contemporary all at once.’

The dust had hardly settled before we welcomed James Cousins Company with Shakespeare-inspired 'Rosalind' (‘Cousins’s choreography is a whirlwind of demands on his dancers and they respond with grace, energy, precision and prowess.’ and ‘simply outstanding dance’ from the Shobana Jeyasingh-choreographed 'Material Men redux'. (The Herald, 4 stars for both productions).

Hard to believe that just one week has passed since DIG 2017 opened. But there is a breathtaking range of artists and productions still to take the stage (or waterworks or Wasteland, in the case of our outdoor performances.)

This weekend alone brings a powerful collaboration between artist Didy Veldman and violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, and a reprise of Roberta Jean’s 'Brocade'; while further ahead we look forward to performance from Meg Stuart & Tim Etchells, a mid-DIG party at SWG3, a weekend visit from Scottish Dance Theatre, and more besides.

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This blog was posted on 28 April