Surprisingly busy January around the traps.  As well as the handful of suggestions this is the month of Under the Radar and Coil in New York and Sydney Festival in Australia.

As always roll over the titles for the links.

12 – 14 Jan


Hofesh Schechter & Antony Gormley

The Barbican Theatre, London

Hofesch Schechter composes a musical work for thirty musicians set in a world created by sculptor Antony Gormley.  

18 Jan


Akram Khan

Grand Theatre Arriere Scene, Luxemburg

Akram Khan’s 2011 solo work, DESH, inspired by his parents’ homeland of Bangladesh plays a single Luxembourg date.  It plays at Saddlers Wells from mid February. DUE TO AN INJURY AKRAM KHAN HAS CANCELLED ALL PERFORMANCES OF DESH UNTIL OCTOBER.

15 Jan

Popular Music from the 1770’s

Taylor Mac

Joe’s Pub, New York

Bit of a ‘wait and see’ but it’s hard not to be intrigued by this project - Taylor Mac and band are working on a 24-hour concert called “The History of Popular Music” to be performed in the spring of 2013, which will consist of over three hundred songs from the last twenty- four decades. He’s using Joe’s Pub gigs to learn and perform some of the material for the first time (he premiered the 1970’s, 1930’s and 1880’s in Oct/Nov).

31 Jan – 10 Feb

The Rodin Project

Russell Maliphant

Theatre National de Chaillot

As well at these Paris dates there is a one off Sadlers Wells matinee (5 Feb) for Maliphant’s new work inspired by the sculptor Auguste Rodin. For The Rodin Project, Maliphant has collaborated with a group of performers who specialise in forms of popping, breaking and contemporary dance. 

19 – 21 Jan

Jeff Mangum

BAM Opera House, New York

Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum continues his extraordinary emergence from self imposed professional exile with three sold out shows in the BAM Opera House. Songs sound better than ever.

17 – 21 Jan

‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore

Cheek by Jowl

Sydney Theatre (Sydney Festival)

After a very successful run in Paris, Cheek by Jowl take their new production to Sydney followed by an extensive UK tour.

16 – 17 Jan

Haptic + Holistic Strata

Hiroaki Umeada/ S20

Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London

Umeada combines radical minimalism with elegant digital visuals in his 21st century solos. The movement is as frenetically charged as the light pixels that surround him.

26 – 28 Jan

Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner & The Farewell Speech


Goldcorp Centre (Push Festival)

The pick of this year’s Push should be the darlings of Japanese progressive theatre, Toshiki Okada’s chelfitsch and their highly choreographed nightmarish portrayal of modern life.  Also at the Japan Society in New York from 5 – 14 Jan.

until 7 Jan

Beasts & Beauties

Hampstead Theatre

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tim Supple and Melly Still stage classic stories including Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast and The Emperor’s New Clothes in this sharp revival.

until 5 Feb

Diane Arbus

Jeu de Paume

The first major retrospective in France with a selection of two hundred photographs by the Amercian photographer.