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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ignition dance festival review – sparks are flying by Luke Jennings

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonThe annual festival of new work saw the fruits of previous commissions from the likes of Salah El Brogy, Sally Marie and Dane HurstMonday saw the opening night of Ig…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Immixture review – universal beauty from South Korean dance company by Luke Jennings

The Place, LondonAhn Sungsoo impresses with his gracefully balanced work for the Korea National Contemporary Dance CompanyThe Korea National Contemporary Dance Company was founded by the cou…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Company Chameleon: 10 review – theatrical but unoriginal by Luke Jennings

Drawn from a decade of the Manchester dance company’s work, this frustrating triple bill lacks focusCompany Chameleon was founded in 2007 by two graduates of the Northern School of Contemp…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Toro: Beauty and the Bull review – taking gender identity by the horns by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCarlos Pons Guerra’s unflinching reimagining of Beauty and the Beast could hardly be more timelyIn the six years since he founded the UK-based DeNada Dance Theatre,…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back In Time review – the road to greatness by Luke Jennings

Barbican, LondonViviana Durante revives early works by Kenneth MacMillan in a programme full of poignant insightsWhen the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan died in 1992, he left behind him mor…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Manon review – touching greatness, three times over by Luke Jennings

Royal Opera House, London As vixen, coquette and victim, the Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova and Marianela Nuñez all touch greatness in the coveted role of Kenneth MacMi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:59AM
Sunday, April 8, 2018

BalletLorent: Rumpelstiltskin review – spun with a twist by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAntic fun abounds as poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy casts a peculiar spell on BalletLorent’s version of the Grimm fairytaleLiv Lorent founded BalletLorent 25 years a…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mass review – Robert Clark’s challenging invitation to connect by Luke Jennings

Building 17, Woolwich Royal Arsenal, LondonThe audience engage directly with the dancers in an intense and intimate performanceIncreasingly, choreographers see themselves as initiators, as c…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The week in dance: Requiem pour L; Bernstein Centenary – review by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonJoyous music and moves vie with the slow-motion final hours of a dying woman as Alain Platel ‘sees how far’ he can go. And Bernstein to the pow…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bad Faith review – poise and rigour from Tara D’Arquian by Luke Jennings

Laban theatre, LondonThe seriously impressive young Belgian choreographer concludes her Nietzschean trilogy with dance that’s stripped to the boneTara D’Arquian is a Belgian choreographe…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ballet British Columbia triple bill review – the new classical by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Canadian company takes traditional training to bold new places in works by director Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite and Sharon EyalWith the future of ballet very much …

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Three men make ballets about 'woman'? Oh dear | Luke Jennings by Luke Jennings

Femmes, a triple bill for a Canadian ballet company, highlights the need for the art form to rethink its attitude towards womenLast week the Montreal-based Grands Ballets Canadiens announced…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:41AM
Sunday, March 4, 2018

The week in dance: Macbeth; Beautiful — review by Luke Jennings

Wilton’s Music Hall; Hackney Showroom, LondonThe heart’s deepest desires are visited by Jonathan Goddard’s lean and savage thane and Sweetshop Revolutions’s celebration of sexual awa…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The week in dance: Juliet & Romeo/The Winter’s Tale review – bloody valentines by Luke Jennings

Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Opera House, LondonShakespeare’s lovers live on as a warring couple trapped in a romantic narrative, while a superb cast atone for a flawed Winter’s TaleLost…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Windrush: Movement of the People review – fresh moves off the boat by Luke Jennings

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsStories of the Windrush generation of Caribbean immigrants to Britain are movingly told by Phoenix Dance TheatreA great pyramid of packing cases and trunks aga…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Orphan Realms; One Eye Open; Fragmenty – review by Luke Jennings

The Place, LondonPreoccupations with our fleeting existence loom large in a trio of new works at this year’s Resolution festivalNow in its 29th year, the Resolution dance festival staged b…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Giselle review – uncontestable greatness from Marianela Núñez by Luke Jennings

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Ballet star is transcendent in the title role – with seven more principal ballerinas about to step into her shoes When Peter Wright mounted Giselle for t…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The week in dance: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/La Sylphide review – darkly enjoyable by Luke Jennings

Coliseum, LondonTamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev are superb as a painter and his cruel muse in a subversive ENB double billEnglish National Ballet, to borrow from TS Eliot, are much possessed b…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cirque du Soleil Ovo review – all glory and no story by Luke Jennings

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe global circus troupe’s insect-themed extravaganza is technically astonishing but fails to engage on a deeper levelCirque du Soleil is an odd beast. At a time w…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella review – still having a ball by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells, LondonVisual magic outweighs occasional longueurs in this welcome revival of the choreographer/director’s wartime fairytaleMatthew Bourne’s latest revival of Cinderella…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Sunday, December 24, 2017

It’s not Christmas without a Nutcracker by Luke Jennings

Up and down the land this winter, Clara and the prince of her dreams will dance through a flurry of snowflakes to Tchaikovsky – and packed houses. So what makes this annual ballet fix…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Little Match Girl review – a Christmas cracker by Luke Jennings

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, LondonCorey Claire Annand bewitches as a freezing waif in Arthur Pita’s quirky, imaginative update of the Hans Christian Andersen classicTo 19th-cen…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella – review by Luke Jennings

Sadler's Wells, LondonThe challenge facing any choreographer of the Cinderella story is Prokofiev's score. Written during the second world war, it has a sombre undertow which lends its roman…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Luke Jennings’s best dance of 2017 by Luke Jennings

Ballet felt a little flatfooted as contemporary dance caught the shape-shifting spirit of our times• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in fullIn 2017, the best dance asked the hardes…

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Project Polunin: Satori review – straight from the hurt by Luke Jennings

Coliseum, LondonSergei Polunin’s intense three-part show, featuring Natalia Osipova and guests, is far from perfect but it resonates with an authentic emotional chargeSergei Polunin’s Sa…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Shut Down review – mad about the boys by Luke Jennings

The Place, LondonAlpha males and new men collide in Charlotte Vincent’s witty study of what it means to be a 21st-century guyVincent Dance Theatre’s new work, Shut Down, is about me…

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Men in Motion; Kyle Abraham: Pavement review – Putrov looks to the past by Luke Jennings

Coliseum; Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe pick of male ballet talent struggle to shine on Ivan Putrov’s bare stage, but Kyle Abraham sends his dancers soaringMen in Motion, Ivan Putrov’s cel…

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bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS; Gustavia; Susan and Darren | Dance review by Luke Jennings

Sex on crutches? It can only be the work of Canadian controversialist Marie ChouinardMarie Chouinard is a 55-year-old Canadian choreographer whose work is known for its sexually voyeuristic …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Meg Stuart: Until Our Hearts Stop review – like a form of competitive gymnastics by Luke Jennings

Sadler’s Wells, LondonSix dancers strip and grapple with abandon in this Bauschian take on intimacy. Then it’s time for audience participation…Meg Stuart is an American choreographer b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Royal Ballet triple bill review – yet more sexual violence by Luke Jennings

Royal Opera House, LondonThis mixed programme – including the latest new piece to include a rape scene – suggests the Royal Ballet’s commissioning policy needs a total overhaulThis Roy…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Theo Clinkard: This Bright Field review – up close and emotional by Luke Jennings

Laban theatre, LondonClinkard’s dancers often perform just inches from the audience in this unashamedly joyous workThere’s a deceptive simplicity to Theo Clinkard’s choreography. It’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM

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