Oh, Laos. Laos Laos Laos. Where do I begin? It was supposed to be such a beautiful romance. You know- all playing hide and seek in the waterfalls, stunning views from flower covered hilltops, charming market stalls and boats down the river. That sort of thing. It was not.
Who: The Ballet National de Marseille What: Body. Dance. Nation. City. When: Friday 5th/ Saturday 6th August 2016 Where: The Royal Festival Hall in The Southbank Centre Everyone had one of those teachers at school. The ones who had such a decisive and compelling presence that they could instantly silence even the rowdiest classroom without a single word. Imagine the same, except instead of a classroom it’s a packed auditorium, approximately 2000 raucous audience members simultaneously falling silent at the presence of a single dancer onstage, putting his fingers to his lips and unequivocally demanding our attention. No announcements, no dimming lights, no tidal wave of “shhh” throughout the audience…