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Allen Glasgow: Cottier Theatre, Fri 27 Nov

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really slithers into View, as a clawed hand or crab-like dancer is writ large across the stage. But these are flashes that never quite Ignite to match his obvrous ViSion. What really dominates is the young choreographers base style of starkly geometric floor patterns and high-powered extensions that scythe through space to the live sound of 1.8. Bach's Cello Suites.

Particularly engaging in this department is Soraya Ham, who flows Cooper’s steps through her compact, lithesome body like slow-melting treacle, The two boys seem slightly less at ease, but this could easily be put down to first-night nerves and a breakneck pace With one foot on the brakes their well-muscled posturings could be truly captivating.

Framing the whole show is a series of brilliant lighting ideas that also hint at the dream of bigger budgets. It’s all wildly ambitious stuff But Judging by this Cooper has every right to think big (Ellie Carr)

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snogging, but her presence certainly dominates

As a series of encounters between three ambiguous characters, LoveB/tes never seems to gurte go all the way. The soundtrack u wrth snatches of Peggy Lee songs woven into clubby mixes supports the energetic movement well enough, though a section With the dancers rolling on the floor palls very quickly As in all of Cnreig's work, there are moments of guietly beautiful fluidity and provocative athletiCism - but still a few too many when you might find yourself considering the why factor. tDon Morris)

Between two lovers: Rebekah Stokoe in LoveBites

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by Stephen Greenhorn

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November 26; December 1-6

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The Green Snake

CREATING A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS“ A modern fairy tale. Inspired by Goethe. An extraordinary blend of mask, puppetry, trapeze, choral speaking and original muslc.

2, :3, 4 DECEMBER 1998, 8PM.

01453 834317



scottish dance theatre

dundee rep’s contemporary dance company

“utterly absorbing” The Glasgow Herald


EDINBURGH The Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Nov 8.00pm Tel 0131 228 1404 ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree, West North Street

Thurs 26 Nov 7.30pm Tel 01224 641122/642230

INVERNESS Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Road

Sat 28 Nov 8.00pm Tel 01464 234234

19 Nov~3 Dec 1998 THE llST71