Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is a postgraduate student at London Contemporary Dance School, and an avid writer. She holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Washington, one in journalism and the other in dance. A Seattle, Washington native, Erin is thoroughly enjoying the vibrant dance scene in London, and gets out to see any and every show she can. Pursuing a master’s degree in dance performance, she plans to investigate a question she finds deeply important as a performer and writer: how we can improve the way we talk and write about contemporary dance, to make it more meaningful and accessible to a wider audience.
David Bintley's Penguin Cafe Triple Bill: Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells

Birmingham Royal Ballet perform 'Still Life' at the Penguin Cafe, E=mc² and Tombeaux in "a triumphant display of ballet" at Sadler's Wells on their 2013 Autumn Tour. 

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
The Place Prize finals 2013

The Place Prize finals 2013 brought back four new dance pieces from the semi-finals held last year to subject them again to the judges' and audience's scrutiny.

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Read more...
Arthur Pita's The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House

Telling Franz Kafka's famous story The Metamorphosis, Arthur Pita's award-winning dance-theatre piece is a powerful, graceful performance which shows the potential of this exciting medium.

Tuesday 26th March 2013 Read more...
A versatile and unique night: bgroup's Just As We Are at The Place

This strangely complementary mix of work at The Place shows Ben Wright's unique perspective and versatility, and in support, his dancers were able to articulate each piece with obvious skill and grace. It was an interesting and fun night.

Monday 18th March 2013 Read more...
Ivan Blackstock's Wild Card at Sadler's Wells

Ivan Blackstock brought a huge number of shorter pieces to his Wild Card event at Sadler's Wells, totalling almost three hours of material. It was pretty overwhelming in total when presented in this form, but could be distilled into something really powerful.

Monday 18th March 2013 Read more...
Scottish Dance Theatre double bill at The Place

Two contrasting works performed by Scottish Dance Theatre at The Place were united by the performers' expressive honesty. Victor Quijada's work draws from LA hip-hop style, while Jo Strømgren's told an enigmatic tale of winter.

Monday 11th March 2013 Read more...
Double bill of dance in Greenwich: Amstatten by Robert Clark and Ordinary Courage by Theo Clinkard

Two contrasting new works came to Greenwich Dance last week, part of a collaboration with Trinity Laban. Robert Clark's piece was fleeting but impressionable, while the predictability of Theo Clinkard's piece was a vehicle for some strong performances from the dancers.

Tuesday 26th February 2013 Read more...
An athletic display of urban contemporary: 2Faced Dance Company's Out of His Skin

This was the first time I had seen 2Faced Dance Company perform, and their take on "urban contemporary" at The Place was a pure adrenaline rush. They are a force to watch, and are poised to make a huge impact on dance in the UK.

Monday 25th February 2013 Read more...
An evening of tradition and the theatre space: Dan Canham's Wild Card at the Lilian Baylis Studio

Eccentric but thoughtful, Dan Canham's Wild Card offering at Sadler's Wells encompassed folk dancing and a solo piece from Canham too. With a lecture from writer Augusto Corrieri as well, this was a very enjoyable evening.

Friday 15th February 2013 Read more...
Jasmin Vardimon's Freedom at Sadler's Wells

Playful yet meaningful, this piece examines the concept of freedom through a series of short scenes in the manner of Pina Bausch. Though perhaps a little too varied, Freedom delves into the many dimensions of this important concept. At Sadler's Wells.

Thursday 15th November 2012 Read more...
Chunky Move's Mortal Engine in London: An interesting night of live interactive technology

Australian dance group Chunky Move brought this exciting experiment to the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, examining the ways that movement, video and sound can interact live in performance. While not always on point, when it was the event was fascinating and intriguing.

Monday 22nd October 2012 Read more...
The Place Prize: Semi-Final 4

Saturday’s Place Prize Semi-Final 4 showcased the work by the last of the 16 commissioned choreographers, and with it came the announcement of the four pieces chosen to move forward to the finals. This was another varied selection from four talented choreographers.

Thursday 27th September 2012 Read more...
The Place Prize: Semi-Final 3

The Place Prize Semi-Final continued on Thursday, with Nina Kov, Neil Paris, bGroup and Darren Ellis showcasing work in the third evening of this four-night series. The Place Prize, now in its fifth edition, is a competition aimed at encouraging engagement with contemporary dance.

Monday 24th September 2012 Read more...
The Place Prize: Semi-Final 2

The second night of the Place Prize semi-finals proved even more entertaining than the first, with the next four choreographers vying for a spot in the final, and a chance to win £35,000. Very different from each other, each of the works presented something enjoyable and memorable.

Friday 21st September 2012 Read more...
The Place Prize: Semi-Final 1

The Fifth Edition of The Place Prize is in full swing as the first semi-finalists presented their work to a sold-out audience. Four choreographers shared the first performance in the four-evening series, which features new work by 16 of the UK’s most exciting dance artists, all competing to be winner of The Place Prize and recipient of the £35,000 award.

Tuesday 18th September 2012 Read more...
Marc Brew's Fusional Fragments: Fusing contemporary dance and ballet

Marc Brew Company’s Fusional Fragments, a collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie, lit up the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the opening of the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited festival, a project showcasing work by deaf and disabled artists alongside the London Paralympic Games.

Monday 3rd September 2012 Read more...
Slovak National Folklore Ballet Lúčnica brightens Sadler's Wells

Slovak National Folklore Ballet Lúčnica’s Forever Young filled Sadler’s Wells with a radiant energy that was truly a refreshing delight. The programme was as diverse as it was entertaining, with dances from the many different regions of Slovakia, and each dance boasted more elaborate costumes and props than the last.

Friday 10th August 2012 Read more...
Handspring Puppet Company's Crow

Haunting scenes and brooding prose make Handspring Puppet Company’s Crow a shadowy addition to this year’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Layered with dark imagery, Handspring, in collaboration with Ben Duke’s Lost Dog dance company, presents a winding take on Ted Hughes’ poem Crow.

Friday 29th June 2012 Read more...
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells: ...como el musguito en la piedra...

In celebration of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is in London performing ten different works inspired by places around the world, and last night’s Chile-inspired …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… was a polished example of the excellence of the company’s dancers and the genius of Pina Bausch.

Wednesday 13th June 2012 Read more...
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba's Triple Bill brings a splash of colour to Sadler's Wells

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba returned to Sadler’s Wells with a splash of colour and a burst of energy in a triple bill that was physical, sharp and flirty. Kenneth Kvarnström’s Carmen?! showed a playful exuberance, while George Céspedes’ Mambo 3XXI had an accessible message and tons of high-energy and intricate movement.

Friday 1st June 2012 Read more...
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