McDonald; Limited Edition and others. I THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauehiehall Street. 332 7521. Cafc’ open 1 lam-2.30pm Tue-Fri and during evening performances.

, Tony Allen and Sharon Landau Fri 11 Mar. 8.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Two talentsfrom the London cabaret circuit. who cut their teeth. and cut them sharp. in the early days of the Comedy Store. Allen‘s sharp. savage. merciless comedy has brought him barrows-ful of praise from the London media. Don't miss him he turns up with Sharon Landau. who has taken her extraordinary musical talent all over the world. See also Mandela Theatre. Edinburgh.

I UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE Student Union. 90 St John Street.

Shelteroenellt Cabaret Dei 11 Mar. 9.30pm. £2. A cabaret organised by Shelter to raise awareness of homelessness amongst the young. The line-up includes female comedy trio

Sensible Footwear; City Limits‘

I entertainer ofthe year 1987. Linda Smith;

a cappella group Tom The Man. and Liz

I Lochhead. See also Moray House.

I Edinburgh.


I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George Street. 225 3614. International evening Wed 9 Mar. 8.30pm. £2 (£1 ). An international eveningof cabaret forming part of the Women's Events at the Assembly Rooms this week. See Open listings for details ofother ; events. ; I CALTON STUDIOS Calton Road. FAB Benefit Cabaret Sat 5 Mar. 9pm. £3 (£1 .50unwaged). A cabaret eveningto raise money for the campaign fighting David Alton's abortion bill. Those on the line up include the female comedy duo. The MsFits; stand-up comic Stu McDonald; revue group L'nnatural Acts and bands God Said and Good And Gone. There is also a disco and a late bar. I 0n19 March there will be a national demonstration in London against Alton‘s bill and buses will be travelling down from Edinburgh. Details are available at this cabaret. and also from the Trades Council. Picardy Place. Edinburgh. I OILOEO BALLOON Studio Theatre. 369 Gallery. Cowgate. Edinburgh. Regular Cabaret continues at the Gilded Balloon monthly: next to appear will be John Sparkes. See next issue of The List for details. I MANOELA THEATRE Gateway Exchange. 2—4 Abbeymount. 661 ()982. Cafe and bar facilities during performance. Tony Allen and Sharon Landau Sat 12 Mar. 8pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). See Third Eye Centre. above. I MORAY HOUSE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Student Union. 37 Holyrood Road. Shelteroenellt Cabaret Thurs 10Mar. 8.30pm. £3 (£2.50). £1 after 10.30pm. A cabaret evening organised by Shelter to raise awareness of homelessness amongst the young. The line-up includes female comedy trio Sensible Footwear: City Limits entertainer of the year 1987. Linda Smith. and Wackhead. the ex-Merry Mac Fun duo who ‘dare to be dumb‘. See also University of Strathclyde. Glasgow. I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 West Bow. 226 2633. Box Office Tue~Sat 10am—8pm; Sun 6—10pm. Bar. Rest. The Alexander Sisters Fri 4 & Sat 5 Mar. 10pm. £3 (£2). Miss them at your peril. Beryl. The larger than life Alexander Sisters give roamin‘ in the gloamin' and boots of laughter a new meaning. with their slightly unconventional approach to kilts and heather. Patrick Marber and Tony Morewood. Fri 11 & Sat 12 Mar. 10pm. £3 (£2). Cabaret tonight comes from a stand-up comedy duo. one of whom (Patrick Marber) is probably best known in his earlier guise of a Dross Bros brother.

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I MITCHELL THEATRE Granville Street. 2213198. Box ()ffice Mon- Sat noon—6pm. English Dance Theatre 8-12 March. See Edinburgh performance for details.

I THIRO EYE CENTRE 350Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521.

New Moves During March. Third Iiye Centre is hosting a season of new dance which will include talks. workshops and performances. To give you an opportunity to book early. all information is included in both performance and classes sections. The VicVics 9. 10 March. 8pm. £3.50 (£2.50). A music dance company create new works from a pool of artists from such groups as Man Jumping. Lumiere and Son. Welfare State and Lucius.

Rosemary Butcher 14. 15 March. 8pm. £3.50(£2.50). ()ne of Britain‘sforemost choreographers in "Touch The Iiarth‘.

I TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267 8. Box ()ffice Tue~Sat noon—8pm :Sun 12.30—1 1pm. Closed Mondays.

Tron Dance Week'l‘ue l5-—Sun 20 Mar. Hot on the heels of Third Iiye's season of dance. the Tron bring together another week of contemporary work. in contrast however. the Tron‘s selection has been taken mainly from the work ofScottish groups and individuals. with only one visitor. Katie Duck. making her Glasgow

debut. See below for details. Tickets £3.50 non-members; £2.50 members; £1 off either of these as concession. Special season and group tickets available. NB concs do not apply on I-‘ri Sat.

Joint Action Tue 15 Mar. 8pm. Rosina Bonsu ex Steps ()ut has collaborated with three choreographers to create this trio piece based on three Interiors Interiors of Africa. Interiors of the Mind and Van (iogh's Interior. Cheryl Strong. Tamara McLorg and Heather Munson.

AWee Home From Home The 15 Mar. 9.30pm. (’ommunicado in association with Frank McConnel and Michael Marra set up a ‘farrago of dance and comiccartoon imagery” which treats the audience as an imaginary friend. This is McConnel‘s first solo piece.

Scupper and Illogic wed to Mar. 8pm. Straight from The I’Iace's Spring-Loaded Season ofdance in London. Gregory Nash brings Scupper to the Tron for its Scottish premiere. an action piece for five dancers with specially commissioned music by Jim Beirne. Illogic was made for Third liye Centre's New Moves Season by Sue MacLellan and was premiered in January. Katie Duck and Group 0 Thurs 17 Mar. 8pm. Currently artist-in-residence at Dartington College of Art. Katie Duck comes to Glasgow for the first time with an hour-long improvisation. She is joined by Alessandro Certini who is making the trip specially from Amsterdam for the performance and two musicians who fuse sound and text.

Transitions Fri 18 Mar. 8pm. A group of Laban Centre post-graduates perform this year‘s work. This will be the second time they have visited Glasgow.

Family Ties-Rotating Dancers Sat 19. Sun 20 Mar. 8pm. Rotating Dancers continue a theme previously seen in their project work. On this occasion they are workingin conjunction with the Dolphin Arts Group.


I THIRO EYE CENTRE 350 Sauehiehall Street. 332 7521.

New Moves Meets the ChoreographerOn Saturdays. as well as classesand workshops. there is also the opportunity between 3.30 and 5pm to meet the choreographers taking part in the New Moves season. iiach choreographer will

i talk about her his work followed by an

informal discussion. Free. 12 March— Meet Rosemary Butcher.


I GARNETBANK SCHOOL Renfrew Street. Contemporary 'l‘uesdays 7 »8pm with Jane Simpson. £2. 334 3349 foririfo.

I HILLHEAO HIGH SCHOOL ()akfield Ave. Contemporary Dance S-‘).30pm. £2.

Thursday evenings with I-‘iona Alderman.

Some experience necessary. Contact 334 1657 for further details.

' Jau’l‘hursday evenings 6.30-8pm. £2. Contact Karen l’asi 334 4777 for further


I JORDANHILL COLLEGE Contact London Contemporary Dance. The Place. 17 Duke‘s Road. London WClll9AB01387 3041 for details.

LCDT Residency 7— 12 March. For the second year. London Contemporary visit Scotland. This course. for all agesand abilities. will include workshops. classes. open rehersals and choreographic sessions. giving participants the opportunity to work with members ofthis international company. It was Robert Cohan. the company's director. who pioneered the concept of the ‘rcsidency' in the late 60s.


Rosemary Butcher, Third Eye Centre It has to be said at the very beginning that this is one of the most shiverineg excellent pieces of dance that you are likely to see in Scotland over the next few months. Premiered at the Fruitmarket, ‘Touch the Earth' by choreographer Rosemary Butcher begins with a circle of sand. Surrounded by wigwam structures


made by the artist Dieter Pietsch, the circle sets the rythym even before voices sing and dancers enter.

The first dancer makes iron crosses on the floor. Another watches, back to the audience. Movement is ritual, repeated. Music adds to the building layers. Michael Nyman, who is currently involved in his third collaboration with Butcher, creates waves of sound with violin and voice. Part siren, they tempt the dancers from

their path, part tribal hymn they offer solace.

The five dancers appear one by one. Though Butcher's choreography made of a loose, centred movement has become a universal, blending east and west, it allows the dancers' personalities to exist comfortably within it. Like five tribes, each has their own ritual and dance which cross over regularly but which never provides a permanent sanctuary forthe group. In the beginning the circle is whole. Movement steps over its boundaries and within it there is a short-lived harmony for two, occasionally three of the dancers. But as the dance progresses so the sand is kicked about and the circle disappears.

The simplicity of this symbol describing the loss of place is magnetic. That circle is the focus. Its destruction fills the atmosphere with desolation.

Something has been lost. Originally inspired by power removing people as in the case of the Red Indian in the past and in the case of Chernobyl right now, that loss has been divested of any literal meaning. This is a dance where roots are exposed. The three artists

and live dancers have dared to scrape superficiality from the surface of humanity— if you leave without being moved then I would dare to suggest that you have not. (Alice Bain)