Life in the balance

Paul Adamson
April 28, 2018

Maybe it’s because my sister used to curate international dance festivals that I’ve always been drawn to the form – along with my natural curiosity about the body in performance. These days I rarely go to the theatre but will go to see dance at the drop of a hat. It seems more intensely capable of expressing human emotion than any other art form except perhaps music.

I’d never seen the Balletboyz until this weekend when I went to see Fourteen Days at Sadlers Wells. If you’ve not seen the show, you should cancel whatever else you might be doing and go see them. It’s fabulous. [Update March 2019 - the new show Them/Us is on at Sadlers Wells March 5-9]

Some of the dancers have been clients of mine and as with athletes’ bodies, I’m always struck by how wonderfully fit they are – and what a mess they are! Talk about suffering for your art.

The show Fourteen Days has a lot to do with the theme of balance – balance in a precarious world. And in a way the dancers have always to find this balance of exploring the limits of their bodies while keeping control of their physical and mental well being. The show is full of risk and their artistry is full of risk too and you end up sitting there grateful that there are those with the bravura and imagination and brilliance and dedication and courage and sheer bloody-mindedness to take on that risk.  

Let's dance
Get with the program
This crazy lockdown
Crunch time
The crazies
Life goes on
Surviving the lockdown
The beauty of scars
The Roaring Twenties
Truly, madly, deeply
Skin deep
Fat kids
Martial artist
Meet Rei Toska
Sperm alert
Pain is your friend
The spa massage
How to live to be 100
New year, new you?
The tan line
Back pain
Feeling relaxed?
How old is your heart?
Triumphing over injury
Tackling rugby
Belly watch (2)
La dolce vita
The best massage ever
Belly watch (1)
The London marathon
The mystery of darts
In praise of slow
Open water
The iPhone and massage
The swimmer's body
Happy with yours?
Cut the fat, Santa
The pre-flight massage
Big guys
Thin people
Fat people
Kyphosis – the curved back
Massage and osteopathy
Torture and the foam roller
Let's dance!
The authentic voice
Killing a lobster
The way of all flesh
Lost in space
Fat but fit?
Let's do lunch
Andy Murray's hip
Stop making excuses
Brain power
Muscles maketh the man
And stretch...
Hocus pocus and mumbo jumbo
The sandwich generation
How we see ourselves
The pain paradox
The full body massage
The limits of massage
Men and their bellies
Reading the body
The dangers of sitting