2 - 25 February 2012
The Pit, Barbican, London

Improbable latest and much anticipated work.  Advertised as ‘Featuring a lush score of bass fiddle, gin parlour piano, metronome and bells, this dark but hilarious show is performed on a gloriously theatrical wood-panelled set’ – hard not to think of ‘Shockheaded Peter’.  


Heiner Goebbels

14 – 19 Feb

Theatre Bouffes du Nord, Paris

A chance to see Heiner Goebbels  magnificent Max Black in the elegantly crumbling surrounds of the Bouffes du Nord.  The show should look amazing in this theatre.


25 – 27 Feb,

Bethnal Green,

Not a show as such, but a lively and increasingly important forum for theatre in the UK and beyond.




Björk and The Creators Project stage a 10-night New York residency  split between the New York Hall of Science in Queens and Roseland Ballroom this February. The series of live performances will mark the Stateside-debut of her critically acclaimed Biophilia live show, an intense and intricately crafted spectacle that explores the inherent link between humans and living systems, nature and technology.

February 3 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 6 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 9 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 12 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 15 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 18 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 22 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
February 25 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
February 28 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
March 2 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY


By Sarah Kane

TR Warszawa

22 – 25 Feb

Drama Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong

Grzegorz Jarzyna’s striking production of Sarah Kane’s harrowing meditation on the darkest minute of the night visits the Hong Kong Festival


by Bernard-Marie Koltes

Directed by Patrice Chereau Thierry Theiu Niang

Centre Dramatique National, Orleans, France

15 – 16 Feb

The remarkable Romain Duris stars in Patrice Chereau’s stripped back staging of Koltes’ bleak monologue.



29 Feb – 1 March

St. James Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand

Lemi Ponifasio’s provocative dance work finally returns home for its New Zealand premiere at the New Zealand International Arts Festival.


Teatro de los Sentidos

Directed by Enrique Vargas

10 Feb – 3 March

Enrique Vargas’ laberinths pre-dated the Punchdrunks of this world by over a decade.  Interesting chance to see how this early work is holding up.  A ‘one person at a time’ navigation through sound, smell, taste, touch and feel.


Camille Boitel Companie Si par hazard

Scene Nationale d’Orleans, France

9 February 2012

The hit of the London Mime Festival moves onto a French tour.


by Simon Stephen’s

directed by Katie Mitchell

Hampstead Theatre, London

18 Jan – 25 Feb

Far from perfect but a lot to admire in Katie Mitchell’s slick production of Simon Stephen’s riff on Jarry’s Ubu Roi and the tribunal on crimes against humanity.


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.