Springback Library

Complete publication archive of Springback Magazine, including the entire back catalogue

Springback publishes views and reviews of new dance from all over Europe – by contributors all over Europe. All our content is available to the public for one year only, but Members can access the complete catalogue any time.


New directions home? ImPulsTanz 2019

Austria

Lena Megyeri reflects on the crisis of objective in contemporary dance at Vienna's contemporary dance festival.

Radical empathy and real engagement: Take Me Somewhere 2019

United Kingdom

Dance artists at Glasgow’s genre-crossing festival of experimental performance take you beyond performance itself

Gunilla Heilborn: The Wonderful and The Ordinary

Germany

A work in which the ordinary surpasses the wonderful leads to wonderings about words

Oona Doherty: Hard to be Soft – A Belfast Prayer

Germany

An attempt to heal the trauma of the collective Belfast body produces very mixed results

Slow and gentle: Santarcangelo Festival 2019

Italy

Performances at the 49th Santarcangelo Festival stir our sense of being and embodiment

Dance+: Happy Together

A tango scene in Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together invites our hearts into the spaces between separation and togetherness, fiction and reality

Six of their sex: female dancemakers at ImPulsTanz 2019

Austria

A choreographic variety of women’s work at ImPulsTanz Vienna

Earth moves: contemporary roots at Sismògraf festival

Spain

The old made anew: three contemporary choreographers reworking folkloric heritage at Sismògraf Festival

Julidans NEXT, Amsterdam: performers steal the show

Netherlands

Julidans NEXT offers new opportunities for both artists and audiences

Vote for dance: Antistatic Festival 2019, Bulgaria

Bulgaria

The 12th Antistatic Festival called a #VoteForDance – but how did the performances poll with our reviewer?

Hack me tender: Mette Ingvartsen’s Red Pieces

Austria

Orgies, utopias and joyful existence in Mette Ingvartsen’s Red Pieces

Dance+ : The Favourite

In place and out of time: dance anachronisms in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite (2018) are part of a fickle world

Already there? An interview with Ginevra Panzetti & Enrico Ticconi

Italian choreographic duo Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi on powerplay and physical rhetoric – past and present

SPRING Utrecht 2019: ‘In many ways, the future is already here’

Netherlands

Name it, hashtag it, experience it… The SPRING festival in Utrecht dives into dance, performance, installation, god, politics, gender – and the future

Dance+: Dogtooth

The distorting mirror of dance reflects an intimate reality of adolescent vulnerability in Dogtooth (2009)

Sofia Mavragani: Afterwords

Greece

Mouth movement makes for an intriguing choreographic experiment, but Anastasio Koukoutas doesn’t quite swallow it

Caught in the act of seeing

Greece

Look, then look again. Anastasio Koukoutas on altering visions in three contemporary dance pieces from Greece

Nicole Beutler Projects: 8: Metamorphoses

Netherlands

What’s the measure of a man? This performance questions what we are even measuring when we say ‘man’

Dance+: Echoes, Ode to Silence

Andres Arochi’s short film uses dance to revisit Luis Barragán’s masterpiece of modernist architecture

Rakete Festival 2019: from Mama to Mother Earth

Austria

At the intersections between the personal and the panoramic – a new generation of dance artists at the Rakete Festival, Vienna

Queer Darlings 2019, Sophiensaele Berlin

Germany

Camgirls and drag queens, chatrooms and cabaret: two surprising pieces from a festival of feminist and queer performance

Albert Quesada & Zoltán Vakulya: OneTwoThreeOneTwo

United Kingdom

An experiment in choreography and staging that is definitely ‘not flamenco’ – but neither is it something else

Imagetanz 2019

Austria

Up close and personal with a lot of orifices at Vienna’s 30th Imagetanz Festival

Dance+: La Joie de Vivre

Wedged between independence and genocide, a Cambodian dance scene shows that loving life is precious – and takes practice

At work: Jesús Rubio Gamo

Spain

‘It was dance and music that saved me from loneliness.’ Spanish choreographer Jesús Rubio Gamo talks about the turning point that led to the creation of Gran Bolero (2019)

Jefta van Dinther: The Quiet

Germany

Quantum leaps in time… a mysterious world holds on to its secrets

Yukiko Masui / Léa Tirabasso

United Kingdom

A double bill that contrasts mental anguish with physical recklessness

Trash aesthetic:
Meet The Symptoms

Hungary

What is waste? Who is trash? Réka Szabó and Dániel Szász of The Symptoms speak about recycling a street performance

Dance+: Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria

Toil and trouble brews in a cavernous, covenous dance company

At work: Marie Cantenys

United Kingdom

‘The garment is not the outcome, the outcome is everything together.’ Fashion designer Marie Cantenys talks about working with dancer Maya Jilan Dong

London International Mime Festival 2019

United Kingdom

Using language and losing language: Theatre Re, Gecko and Peeping Tom at the 2019 London International Mime Festival

Taiwan Dance Platform 2018

Taiwan

The 2018 Taiwan Dance Platform was ‘made in Asia’, but even more international in scope

Dance+: Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina

A pivotal scene in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is wordless, its drama of love, transgression and death distilled in dance

Jan Martens: Passing the Bechdel Test

France

Jan Martens’ choreography is a canvas that interweaves the action and speech of teenage performers with an impressive array of feminist texts, figures and thoughts

At work: Bára Sigfúsdóttir

Belgium

Icelandic choreographer Bára Sigfúsdóttir on working between reality and imagination

Pal Frenák: W_all / Rita Góbi: Snapdragons

Hungary

DanceLive Aberdeen, Scotland

United Kingdom

Aberdeen’s DanceLive festival combines a productive dance platform and a conscious aim to connect with non-dance audiences

Springback Live at Ice Hot, Reykjavik 2018

Iceland

Like daytime TV – but for dance addicts! Springback Magazine produced our first live stream at Ice Hot Reykjavik, December 2018

Dance+: Mauvais Sang

An intoxicating scene from Leos Carax’s Mauvais Sang embodies the headlong rush of youthful love and the mystery of its memory

Polyphony, playing and politics: the many voices of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Russia

On voices, parts, and playing parts in the many-limbed choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Oktoberdans, Bergen: minorities dance for a majority audience

Norway

Two programmes at Scandinavia's largest dance platform navigate the exclusivity of an ‘inclusive’ mindset

Towards the ‘ironic spectator’

Apathy as activism: what has become of political art and a politicised audience?

Ivo Dimchev: Som Faves

United Kingdom

A maniacal movement manifesto upends audience expectations in a one-off performance at London’s Chisenhale Dance Space

Dance+: Dead Poets Society

Show, don’t tell! A teacher’s lesson on conformity from an embodied perspective

Black and blue at Festival Les Plateaux

France

Choreographers Ana Pi and Calixto Neto take on ‘black dance’ on their own terms

Favourite jumper: Igor & Moreno, Idiot-Syncrasy

United Kingdom

Caring but not careful – who knew an hour of jumping up and down would touch so many people in so many ways?

Down in one: the single-shot music video

On the appeal and the achievement of the one-shot music video

Dance+: American Psycho

Is that a raincoat or are you just glad to see me? Róisín O’Brien on the choreography of a murder

Tanz im August talkabout #2: portrait of myself as my father (Nora Chipaumire), The Waves (Noé Soulier)

Germany

Springback’s Berlin Three discuss patterns and parentage in two very different pieces at the Tanz im August season

Dansathon: an international dance hackathon

A report from the first ‘international dance hackathon’, a joint venture between Liège, London and Lyon that is more than just a competition

Tanz im August talkabout #1: Inoah (Bruno Beltrão) and R. OSA (Silvia Gribaudi)

Germany

Springback’s Berlin Three discuss body politics and national politics at the Tanz im August season

Jefta van Dinther: Dark Field Analysis

United Kingdom

Two men embark on an expedition inside the body and beyond the mind, in Jefta van Dinther’s psychedelic Dark Field Analysis

Les Brigittines International Festival 2018

Belgium

A many-layered thing: contrasting takeaways of our Springback writers at Les Brigittines, Brussels, reflect the genre-crossing styles of the festival itself

Michikazu Matsune: All Together

Austria

Recollection, reflection and re-enactment make for a memorable evening in Michikazu Matsune’s new piece about people both present and absent

Dance+: Little Miss Sunshine

For the win! Anna Kaszuba on why artlessness triumphs in the dance scene from ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

Rosas: The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Germany

A workbook choreographic exercise builds to a surprisingly exhilarating finale in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s new Six Brandenburg Concertos

Shape of YouTube

Two widely viewed danceworks beg the questions: how does YouTube shape dance? And how do you shape YouTube?

[8:tension] at ImPulsTanz Vienna 2018

Austria

Don’t expect the new to be comfortable: the [8:tension] platform for new choreography is provocative, plural, sometimes tedious – and often out of the comfort zone

Jo Bannon: We Are F*cked

United Kingdom

Doubt and disturbance come to a climax in Jo Bannon’s powerfully penetrating performance

Beyond borders: Amit Lahav and Gecko

United Kingdom

Gecko’s Amit Lahav talks to Daniel Pitt about straddling genres, insularity and internationalism in British theatre – and being pummelled with love

Dance+: Dirty Dancing

Alexandra Gray on her first time watching Dirty Dancing – and why Baby’s first time on the dancefloor stays with her

Taneli Törmä: COVER – A symphonic poem in three movements

Denmark

A merger of choreography and sound installation, Finnish artist Taneli Törmä’s COVER sensitively explores the kinaesthetic experience of sound.

Rocío Molina: Grito Pelao

Spain

They say that Mother knows best, but does she know how to turn that into a performance?

Gisèle Vienne: Crowd

Germany

Is dance raving mad to look to the rave scene for inspiration?

Danse Élargie 2018: big opportunities, bigger ambition

France

Beatboxing, b-boys, a beach and a balloon enlarge our concept of ‘dance’ in the fifth edition of the multi-disciplinary choreographic competition

Potsdamer Tanztage
or: 3 × 3 = 8

Germany

When does 3 × 3 = 8? When our three reviewers go to three performances each at Berlin’s 2018 Potsdamer Tanztage festival

Bausch rebooted: Veza Fernández’s Wenn Auge Mund Wird

Austria

Vienna-based Veza Fernández refracts Bauschian Tanztheater through a contemporary prism

Dance+: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Dancing home alone before going out to do what vampires do. Ka Bradley on a moment of dance in the movie A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Pietro Marullo’s WRECK: survival of the fittest in the age of austerity?

Bulgaria

Pietro Marullo’s ‘elastic performance’ is a staging of the struggle to survive in a precarious environment – and an example of it.

Oona Doherty: Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Austria

A riveting portrait of the disadvantaged white male that meshes beauty with damnation

Florentina Holzinger: Apollon

United Kingdom

Dance gets down and dirty – but is it worth the gross-out?

Katerina Andreou: BSTRD

Greece

Can a solo dance piece create, on stage, that much needed room of one’s own?

Timothy and the Things: Hunting (Vadászat)

Hungary

Three men hunting – but for what, for whom, and why? Anna Dohy looks to the wider stage for answers

Jasna Vinovrški: Lady Justice

Croatia

With witnesses, evidence and judgement – is a dance performance a bit of a trial?

Ligia Lewis: Minor Matter

Belgium

Black matters in Minor Matter, a powerful encounter with the myriad concepts of blackness

Dreams

Denmark

‘We are dancers, we create the dreams.’ Albert Einstein

How to like dance

Australia

Audience clubs are on the increase - why? Luke Forbes on his experience of a new workshop in Melbourne

The wilderness within

Norway

What happens when dance takes nature as its stage? A festival in the northernmost town in the world leads to a changed sense of self, culture and existence

Christos Papadopoulos’s Opus: in search of the dialectics of music and movement

Greece

A textual exploration of a performative exploration in sound, meaning and time

Mònica Pagès watches Likes by Nùria Guiu

Spain

Classical music journalist Mònica Pagès sees a solo about the value of ‘likes’ in an age of social media. How was it for her?

The naked stage of Sanna Kekäläinen

Finland

Riikka Laakso on Finnish choreographer Sanna Kekäläinen, and the subversions and inversions of her 2017 piece Whorescope

Mette Ingvartsen: 21 pornographies

Belgium

Assuming the position is at the heart of this physical exploration of erotica

Vero Cendoya: La Partida

Spain

Beautiful as dance can be, is it really any match for the beautiful game?

At work: Meytal Blanaru

Belgium

Brussels-based Israeli choreographer Meytal Blanaru on the workings behind her work

Arkadi Zaides: TALOS

Belgium

Arkadi Zaides' detatched demonstration of surveillance, digital simulation and border infringements

Hodworks: Sunday

Hungary

Hodworks’ Sunday begs the question: in the age of the selfie, what separates the person and the persona?