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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!; Rumpelstilzchen – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; Curzon cinemas, Sky Arts, FreeviewMagic and melancholy combine to glorious effect in Bourne’s Christmas classic. And the BalletBoyz make the Brothers Grimm look d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Marianela Núñez: ‘What lockdown taught me, one more time, is that dance is my true passion’ by Sarah Crompton

The Royal Ballet’s phenomenal principal dancer was the fixed star at the heart of an extraordinary year for the company See the Observer’s faces of 2021 in full It’s been an oddly frac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Romeo & Juliet review – Sergei Polunin is reunited with Alina Cojocaru, and his talent by Sarah Crompton

Royal Albert Hall, LondonPolunin and Cojocaru are terrific, but neither is given enough to work with in the UK premiere of Johan Kobborg’s new version There’s been a lot of water under a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33AM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

Past Present/Connecting to Cohan – an inspirational journey into dance history by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonThe extraordinary work of the late choreographer Robert Cohan finds full expression in two heartfelt tribute shows by Yorke Dance Project When I fir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33AM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

‘We were a little naive’: staging Cabaret, in the 60s and now by Sarah Crompton

As a new staging of Cabaret starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley opens in London, director Rebecca Frecknall and 94-year-old composer John Kander, the only survivor of the original cre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Giselle review – the stuff of dreams from the Royal Ballet by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonSix hundred performances of Giselle and counting, the Royal Ballet’s peerless dancers continue to make this once revolutionary work their own The historical roots …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Ballet Black: Then or Now/The Waiting Game review – dynamic anniversary celebration by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, LondonThe company celebrates 20 years of challenging, creative work with an eclectic double bill including a thrilling new piece from one of its own dancers Ballet Black, fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Family/Love Chapter 2; Transverse Orientation review – from one extreme to another by Sarah Crompton

Selfridges Loading Bay; Sadler’s Wells, LondonWhile Sharon Eyal’s repetitive works writhe with energy, Dimitris Papaioannou’s new piece lacks momentum but not beauty A work by Sharon E…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Dante Project review – bold, beautiful and utterly engaging by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonWayne McGregor, Thomas Adès and Tacita Dean’s dream-team Divine Comedy, danced with glorious freedom by the Royal Ballet, is a fitting farewell to its star One of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Dance Umbrella: Extra Time; Nowhere review – a game of two halves by Sarah Crompton

Bell Square, Hounslow; available onlineDance Umbrella’s football-themed piece fails to score, but Dimitris Papaioannou’s 2009 work saves the day Never let it be said that dance doesn’t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell review – to the dark heart of desire by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe choreographer draws rich inspiration from the lonely, thwarted characters of the novelist Patrick Hamilton in this beautifully danced new work Sexy, smouldering a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Saturday, October 2, 2021

Creature review – Akram Khan struggles with the weight of the world by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London Jeffrey Cirio and Erina Takahashi dazzle for a sharp ENB, but this long-awaited new work is all message, no story One quality I’ve always admired in Akram Khan is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Charlotte Spencer Projects: Is This a Waste Land review – devastatingly effective by Sarah Crompton

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonYou the audience are part of the action in this perspective-altering performance for disused spaces The first time I encountered the work of the dance-mak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hofesh Shechter Company: Double Murder review – never less than compelling by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonShechter’s heartfelt response to the pandemic, The Fix, is shaded by his 2016 work Clowns, both performed with spectacular commitment In Carol Reed’s film The Thi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Romeo + Juliet review – glistens with potential by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham HippodromeMagical movement is weighed down by plot as the Rosie Kay Dance Company graft Shakespeare on to modern Midlands life I worry about the dominance of Shakespeare’s Romeo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Dancing in the Streets review – making a riveting virtue of necessity by Sarah Crompton

Edinburgh international festival; available onlineUplifting and full of hope, catch these four tremendous films by dance-makers from Rio, Soweto, Beirut and Edinburgh while you can The Edinb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM

Patrick Marber: ‘I would really like to direct Keir Starmer – he’s got to be funnier’ by Sarah Crompton

The ‘Leopoldstadt’ director, who also helped develop Alan Partridge, speaks to Sarah Crompton about antisemitism, the quasi-racism of Boris Johnson, and reopening the acclaimed Tom Stopp…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:12AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

The week in dance: Carlos Acosta: On Before; Rambert Summer Livestream – review by Sarah Crompton

Norwich Theatre Royal and touring; live streamThere’s so much love in the room for Acosta that a variable programme becomes more than the sum of its parts, while Rambert’s cool virtual b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Royal Ballet Beauty Mixed Programme review – in the theatre, I would have been sobbing by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineMarianela Nuñez’s irresistible Aurora, a Wayne McGregor pas de deux and one soloist’s swansong are highlights of the Royal’s 90th anniversary show As dance shakes out …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Political Mother: The Final Cut; The Life and Times review – Shechter and Clevillé on film by Sarah Crompton

Available online; live streamHofesh Shechter’s groundbreaking 2010 work has lost none of its power, while Scottish Dance’s Joan Clevillé revels in a single take It would be hard to matc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

The week in dance: Balanchine and Robbins; British Ballet Charity Gala; Dangerous Liaisons – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Royal Albert Hall; Sadler’s Wells, LondonVadim Muntagirov excelled in a celebration of American ballet while Darcey Bussell staged an impressive showcase of UK talent Th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Drowntown review – surfing waves of sadness on the seashore by Sarah Crompton

Touring onlineRhiannon Faith’s piece about social deprivation in our seaside towns is gloomy but technically impressive A white space pockmarked with circles of dark dust, like black holes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Alexander Whitley: Overflow; Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; touringDancers become cogs in the machine of Whitley’s visually dazzling take on technology, while simplicity speaks volumes in Kay’s extraordinary solo show On…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, May 23, 2021

The week in dance: Reunion; 21st-Century Choreographers reviews – a joyous return by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonCue rapturous applause – and backbends – as the stars of ENB and the Royal Ballet storm back to live performance in two bold, future-facing pro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rambert: Rooms review – breathtaking quick-change skill by Sarah Crompton

Live streamSeventeen dancers play 100 characters in 1,000 costumes in Jo Strømgren’s teeming, beautifully filmed piece, but to what end? Benoit Swan Pouffer took over the artistic leaders…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

The week in dance: Bernstein in a Bubble; The Barre Project (Blake Works II) review – lockdown riches by Sarah Crompton

Available online; live streamAlexei Ratmansky savours every moment in a new work set to Bernstein, while William Forsythe honours the dancer’s relationship with the barre Dance has been ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Dancing Nation review – a powerful reminder of what we're missing by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells/ BBC; available onlineBotis Seva’s BLKDOG, Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire and Shobana Jeyasingh’s Contagion are among the highlights in this top-notch if slightly worthy ce…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dance: Sarah Crompton's five best dance of 2020 by Sarah Crompton

Our critic chooses her highlights, recalling inventive lockdown venues and the emotional return of the Royal Ballet Film: Mark Kermode’s 10 best of 2020 The Observer critics’ review of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Saturday, December 5, 2020

English National Ballet digital season review – a real Christmas bonus by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineFive diversely enjoyable new dance works filmed to watch at home are a testament to artistic director Tamara Rojo’s ambitious guiding principles In her time in charge of En…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Royal Ballet Live: Within the Golden Hour review – a tonic for the soul by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineEven on a laptop, the Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill is a joy to behold When our everyday lives are so confined, there are few more exhilarating pleasures than watching a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Lazuli Sky review – Will Tuckett leads a welcome return by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham RepA timely new work by William Tuckett is the compelling centrepiece of a fine new mixed bill from Carlos Acosta’s BRB “Ballet is back,” announced company friend Alan Titch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

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