Katja Vaghi

With a background in Literature and Linguistics (MA English Studies, Zurich University) and a formation as a modern dancer (Ballet Arts, NYC), Katja is a freelance dancer and choreographer and is currently a PhD student at University of Roehampton, Dance Department.
Divinely grotesque: The blood of Lili Handel and Ivo Dimchev's musical poetry at Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella provides a 'cultural and erotic feast' with Ivo Dimchev's Lili Handel! Dimchev transformed Central Saint Martins from the everyday mundane setting into the grotesque and captivating images of dance and burlesque performance. 

Tuesday 8th October 2013 Read more...
Dancing minds, thinking bodies: Thinking with the body: Mind and movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance at the Wellcome Collection

Thinking with the Body presented at the Wellcome Collection is an exhibition on the creative process of British choreographer Wayne McGregor, perfect for all who want to know more about his particular process of creation.

Monday 23rd September 2013 Read more...
Justitia is done: Jasmin Vardimon at the Peacock Theatre

A crime story told through dance, Jasmin Vardimon's 2007 piece Justitia induces reflection on what we take for granted. A provocative show at Sadler's Wells' Peacock Theatre.

Friday 20th September 2013 Read more...
Nesting creativity: New Movement Collective's NEST

NEST is an interdisciplinary site-specific project based on Homer's Odyssey. This epic, impressive production comes to life through its successful collaborations, and will hopefully encourage further productions like this set in unusual places.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Read more...
Les Ballets Russes back in London: Programme 2 from the Russian Seasons of XXI Century

The Russian Seasons of XXI Century's second programme contained the Ballets Russes classics Shéhérazade and The Firebird. This perfect retro programme was brought passionately to life by some excellent Russian dancers.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Read more...
Political rituals: Hofesh Shechter's Political Mother wows Sadler's Sampled

Hofesh Shechter's Political Mother is a perfect production, performed with care. Using his dual sides as choreographer and musician, Shechter has created a potently political piece which is a hybrid of art forms. Part of the Sadler's Sampled festival at Sadler's Wells.

Friday 5th July 2013 Read more...
Resisting gravity: Circa and I Fagiolini's How Like An Angel for Beyond Barbican and CoLF

Part of the City of London Festival and the Beyond Barbican series, this fascinating collaboration between circus company Circa and vocal ensemble I Fagiolini is an atmospheric, unusual use of the remarkable St Bartholomew-the-Great church.

Monday 1st July 2013 Read more...
Dark fairytale: Akram Khan's iTMOi at Sadler’s Wells

A celebration of the centenary of The Rite of Spring, Akram Khan's iTMOi is a haunting inquiry on human creativity, exposing the darkest secrets of a genius' mind, with vivid images and stunning musical collaboration.

Friday 31st May 2013 Read more...
Puzzles and riddles: Eastman and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Puz/zle at Sadler's Wells

The effect of Puz/zle is of chaos, without any order or solution to the riddle provided. It is epic in aesthetic, and length, and captures aspects of human endeavour in many fields. But its open-endedness is problematic at times. At Sadler's Wells.

Monday 29th April 2013 Read more...
Rites of passage: Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre's The Rite of Spring and Petrushka

Part of Sadler's Wells's A String of Rites, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre brought Michael Keegan-Dolan's Rite of Spring and Petrushka choreographies to the stage last week. This different take on these classic shows has left many questions open.

Monday 15th April 2013 Read more...
Action in stillness: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the Shaolin monks in Sutra at Sadler's Wells

Returning to Sadler's Wells again, Sutra continues to be a spectacular show, breaking down perceptions of Eastern and Western cultures, and finding in martial arts poetry in motion.

Friday 5th April 2013 Read more...
A chance to dance: The Rambert Dance Company in Cunningham's RainForest at the Barbican

The latest event in the Barbican's Dancing Around Duchamp season saw Rambert Dance Company perform Merce Cunningham's legendary RainForest in the Art Gallery, within the Bride and the Bachelors exhibition.

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 Read more...
"Beautiful, yet strong": Classical masculinity on stage with BalletBoyz at Sadler's Wells

BalletBoyz' show The Talent 2013 celebrates classical masculinity through two remarkable pieces by Liam Scarlett and Russel Maliphant. They have come a long way in their twelve-year history, with a keen sense of what the audience likes to see.

Monday 11th March 2013 Read more...
Like lovers looking at the moon: Pina Bausch's Vollmond at Sadler's Wells

Pina Bausch's company Tanztheater Wuppertal brought 2006's Vollmond to Sadler's Wells, a visually beautiful work full of rocks, rain and drinking without getting drunk.

Tuesday 26th February 2013 Read more...
So close yet so far apart: Pina Bausch's Two Cigarettes in the Dark at Sadler's Wells

It is not an easy task to describe what is going on in Pina Bausch's Two Cigarettes in the Dark, presented at Sadler's Wells by Tanztheater Wuppertal. It is a constant stream of surreal scenes without a linear narrative. The company will hopefully continue to keep the Bausch tradition alive.

Monday 18th February 2013 Read more...
Performing fluid identities: Hetain Patel's Be Like Water

In his new piece Be Like Water, Hetain Patel, visual artist and now choreographer and performer, questions who we are – are we born as a blank slate, or do we carry our forefathers with us? What if it were possible to transcend that, and how would one do it?

Friday 30th November 2012 Read more...
Al Zaytouna's Unto the Breach: The Palestinian cause in dance form

Adapting Shakespeare's Henry V to a contemporary political setting, Al Zaytouna's Unto the Breach addresses the Palestinian cause in a striking and original way. Also promoting the traditional Dabke style of dance, this is a show which gives depth to familiar images. At Artsdepot.

Tuesday 13th November 2012 Read more...
Still roaring: Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place

Richard Alston Dance Company's At Home presented four works at The Place, confirming the continued strength of this exceptional choreographer. The final work, the world première of Martin Lawrance's Madcap, was also a high-energy and impulsive end to the evening.

Friday 5th October 2012 Read more...


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