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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Isabel Bayon: Dju-Dju review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘avant-garde flamenco’ by Anna Winter

Black cats, yellow hats and salt – the superstitions that swirl around flamenco culture form the core of Isabel Bayon’s enjoyably bizarre

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Juliet and Romeo review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘expertly crafted’ by Anna Winter

The most famous teenage lovers in Western literature didn’t actually die. At least, not in Lost Dog’s outstanding Juliet and Romeo, a

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hip-hop dance training: where to start popping, locking and waacking? by Anna Winter

With no hip-hop dance-graded syllabus available, where’s best to learn house and krump? Anna Winter finds out how to take street moves

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Dancer Marianela Nunez: ‘The Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet are my home and my family’ by Anna Winter

Marianela Nunez knew she wanted to be a dancer at three years old. Now starring in Giselle and celebrating her 20th year

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Pluto review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘live-action manga’ by Anna Winter

A spate of high-profile robot deaths, a mysterious tulip and the machinations of a malevolent teddy bear with gleaming red eyes. Welcome

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Playhouse Creatures review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a funny, feminist triumph’ by Anna Winter

April de Angelis’ 1993 play Playhouse Creatures is a witty and poignant backstage drama that explores the moment in history when lustrous-locked

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sleeping Beauty review at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – ‘glittering performances’ by Anna Winter

The Royal Ballet institution has a pretty much sacrosanct relationship with Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty. Sumptuously and symphonically scored by Tchaikovsky, it’s the

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Collective Rage review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘superbly acted’ by Anna Winter

Five New York women, each called Betty Boop, join forces to stage the play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In doing so,

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Becoming Shades review at Vaults, London – ‘impressive acrobatic work’ by Anna Winter

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hades is located underneath Waterloo station. At least, it is until March, during the run of Chivaree Circus’ immersive show

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Friday, January 26, 2018

For a Black Girl review at Vaults, London – ‘vital and vibrant’ by Anna Winter

Nicole Acquah’s For A Black Girl is a vital and vibrant two-hander that scrutinises racism and sexism, the very existence of which

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mother (Moeder) review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘uncanny dance theatre’ by Anna Winter

There’s nothing comforting about Mother (Moeder), by Gabriela Carrizo and her company Peeping Tom. In this strange and unsettling piece of dance

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Giselle review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a performance of exquisite artistry’ by Anna Winter

This year, the Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nunez celebrates two decades with the company, most of them as principal. Here’s a ballerina at

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Friday, January 19, 2018

So Many Reasons review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘funny and thoughtful’ by Anna Winter

Camden People Theatre’s feminist theatre festival Calm Down Dear gets off to a cracking start with Racheal Ofori’s So Many Reasons. It’s

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Betes de Foire – Petit Theatre de Gestes review at Barbican Pit, London – ‘inventive mime show’ by Anna Winter

For all its wit and whimsy, the world of Betes de Foire – Petit Theatre de Gestes, created and performed by Elsa

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Scottish Dance Theatre: Blazing a trail for contemporary dance from Dundee to Dubai by Anna Winter

Since being founded in Dundee 32 years ago, Scottish Dance Theatre has gained an enviable reputation for its pioneering spirit. As the

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Santa Madera at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘blood, sweat and a Cyr wheel’ by Anna Winter

Blood, sweat, soil – and a Cyr wheel. This is the stuff of Santa Madera, an eye-widening feat by circus performers Juan

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Fauna review at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London – ‘virtuosic circus’ by Anna Winter

A charming zoologically-inspired circus show, Fauna never descends into twee anthropomorphism in its exploration of animal movement. Initially performed at the Glastonbury

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lahto review at Platform Theatre, London – ‘ingenious visual trickery’ by Anna Winter

An evening meal becomes a wordless passive-aggressive ritual for an unhappy couple in Finnish company WHS’s evocative Lahto (“departure”), part of the

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Song of the Earth/La Sylphide review at London Coliseum – ‘a rewarding double-bill’ by Anna Winter

Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, choreographed in 1965 to Mahler’s revered song cycle, ranks as an early masterpiece. A profound meditation

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Cinderella review at Milton Keynes Theatre – ‘spectacularly unreconstructed’ by Anna Winter

This Qdos production of Cinderella strains to show you how big its budget is. Look how lavish and spangly the sets! An appearance

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great Expectations review at the Old Red Lion, London – ‘staged with inventive economy’ by Anna Winter

Writer and director Tom Crowley’s felicitous 21st century adaptation of Great Expectations turns Dickens’ beefy Bildungsroman into two hours of funny, gripping

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Friday, December 1, 2017

La Soiree review at Aldwych Theatre, London – ‘some shining moments’ by Anna Winter

La Soiree is an Australian-born variety show with a distinguished provenance. It premiered in London in 2010, having evolved from co-creator Brett

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cinderella review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘a talented cast’ by Anna Winter

Greenwich Theatre’s Cinderella is a slick and spirited show with local appeal. The heroine, played with winning directness by Louise Young, lives with

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Treasure Island review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a damp squib’ by Anna Winter

Theresa Heskins’ Treasure Island is a misguided festive show that’s ended up on the rocks. It’s an odd choice of Christmas fare,

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Roller review at the Barbican, London – ‘dynamic show about female power’ by Anna Winter

Roller is a fervent, funny and touching show about female aggression. While asking questions about revolution and progress, it contrasts the pugnacity

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sylvia review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘an unabashed joy’ by Anna Winter

November is dark and dank; the world is in a state of perpetual crisis. So to watch the Royal Ballet in Sylvia

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tidy Up review at Canada Water Culture Centre, London – ‘charm and invention’ by Anna Winter

Charming children’s dance-theatre show Tidy Up takes aim at anal retentive orderliness with brightly-coloured balloons, confetti and cushions. But it doesn’t simply

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Pavement review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘anger and intelligence’ by Anna Winter

Kyle Abraham’s Pavement is a cri de coeur for black America. Political, painful and cerebral, it’s written in a far-reaching physical language

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Pussy Riot review at Saatchi Gallery, London – ‘contrived and compromised’ by Anna Winter

It’s important to tell the story of Pussy Riot. It’s entirely laudable to give privileged Western audiences some idea of the systemic

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: The Illustrated ‘Farewell’ / The Wind / Untouchable at the ROH by Anna Winter

A finely-tuned marriage of musical understanding and feeling: Anna Winter reviews a triple bill of works performed by the Royal Ballet. The post Review: The Illustrated ‘Farewell’…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Dark Room review at Theatre503, London – ‘intense Australian drama’ by Anna Winter

In 2016, an Australian TV documentary revealed shocking levels of mistreatment meted out to inmates – mainly aboriginal youths – in juvenile

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