Til! .iiVIR IJIIIY llllPPEllS have struck on a lonnuia for their ever-ellerueecent lance shows and they’re sticking to it. The lonilon- haeed anpenhoolera have dedicated their career to whooping up Mic with urnpteen pairs at leet rooted llmly In llarleru’a freestyle, lreelonn, lemming Ian age. With a non-atop show-train that spans the 203, 303 and 403, the Charleston, litterhug, iinrly hop and live, the hopper: are held by black theatre- poor: In Britain and the us to he the last great hope lor the survival of authentic Jazz dance. A regular hot ticket at the Fringe, the hopper: are in town next month with a revival of their 1994 hit llot Foot Front Ilarlenr. The show includes star turns trout Harlem-horn top tapper Chan Young, spectacularly- narnerl sonpstresa Doria Troy and essential rhythm lrorn ltalph Lainp’a Blue llote Orchestra. (Ellie Carr)
CLIVE BARKER long ago left behind his horror origins — the magniﬁcent Books OfBlood short story compilations and the Hellraiser movies — for a more expansive realm of the imagination. In
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novels such as Weavewarld, lmajica and The Great And Secret Show. he redeﬁned the fantasy epic. tackling the big questions about death. spirituality. love and power within a distinctive context that has become more acute as the millennium approaches. in his latest book. Sacrament. Barker comes back down to earth. literally. The hero is the world’s most famous wildlife photographer. who — through his work — witnesses the gradual extinction of rare species. and — through his personal life as a gay man - also sees friends and acquaintances dying off. Barker’s characters have frequently had ambiguous sexualities. and this is the first time the writer has ‘come out'. as it were. in print. All in all. this makes Sacrament Barker‘s most personal novel, and one that offers a deeper emotional level as well as a gripping story and moments of dazzling imagery. (Alan Mom'son)
Sacrament is published by HarperCollins on Monday 8 July. priced £15.99.
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