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Monday, March 16, 2020

Geisha review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘ambitious, coherent and compelling’ by Anna Winter

Northern Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary in boldly adventurous style with a new narrative work by company-reared choreographer Kenneth Tindall. Geisha is

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Swan Lake review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘stellar performances and exquisite design’ by Anna Winter

Given recent controversies at the Royal Ballet, it’s hard to be totally transported by this revival of his 2018 Swan Lake. Nevertheless,

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Return to Heaven review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘frustrating, shlocky dance theatre’ by Anna Winter

Mark Bruce’s Return to Heaven is more shlock than genuine horror. Bruce is practised in murky dread – his dance-theatre take on

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Choreographer Crystal Pite: ‘I love working with the rhythm and the complexity of language’ by Anna Winter

Founder of dance company Kidd Pivot, Crystal Pite is one of the world’s most sought after choreographers. She speaks to Anna Winter

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Swing catches, frills and double jocking: the secrets and salacious history of ballet’s tights and tutus by Anna Winter

Leading ballet costumiers talk tights and tutus with Anna Winter and reveal where the traditions come from, how the outfits are made,

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Choreographer Cathy Marston: ‘For ages, narrative ballet wasn’t cool. Now I’m getting a lot of offers’ by Anna Winter

The in-demand choreographer tells Anna Winter about her latest work The Cellist, a Royal Ballet production about the legendary Jacqueline du Pré,

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Cellist review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a richly inventive new ballet about Jacqueline du Pré’ by Anna Winter

It’s a brave choice to make a ballet about Jacqueline du Pré. Cathy Marston’s first work for the Covent Garden main stage

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Swan Lake review – a shining production, danced to the hilt by Anna Winter

Mayflower, Southampton The principals and flock are on fine form throughout this revival of Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s 1981 production Birmingham Royal Ballet’s entrancing Swan La…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Peeping Tom: Child review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘hugely inventive and mercilessly bleak’ by Anna Winter

The final instalment of Belgian dance theatre company Peeping Tom’s neurotically fraught family-based trilogy, Child (Kind) is the most daringly dark of

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala review at London Coliseum – ‘a triumphant night’ by Anna Winter

Seventy years ago, British ballet stars Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, along with impresario Julian Braunsweg, set up the company that would

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Thiago Soares: ‘I came across the ocean with just hope – I’ve had a magical time’ by Anna Winter

The world-renowned Brazilian dancer left the Royal Ballet in 2019 after more than a decade as a principal, but will not be

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Rooman review at Barbican Pit, London – ‘zany and whimsical puppet show’ by Anna Winter

Crafty in both senses of the word, Fleur Elise Noble’s Rooman is an intriguing fantasia that combines cut-out paper screens, puppetry and

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Thick and Tight: Romancing the Apocalypse review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘a deft blend of parody and pathos’ by Anna Winter

Rambert-trained duo Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry – aka Thick and Tight – pull a blinder with their latest showcase of lip-syncing

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Le Corsaire review at London Coliseum – ‘some sublime moments’ by Anna Winter

To contemporary eyes, Le Corsaire commits several of 19th century ballet’s cardinal sins: overblown Orientalism, imperilled women, a patchwork score, a plot

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Northern Ballet: 50 years of grit, glamour and a wandering spirit by Anna Winter

The renowned company that started with 11 members performing at a university theatre now has five full-length works touring the country. Anna

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Friday, December 20, 2019

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker review at London Coliseum – ‘boldly danced and imaginatively designed’ by Anna Winter

The weather might be unseasonably warm and the news unspeakably grim, but English National Ballet’s Nutcracker ameliorates all that – at least

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen review – plenty of icy sparkle by Anna Winter

Festival theatre, EdinburghChristopher Hampson’s work gets crystalline performances but the imagination never leaps – it’s more slush than sharp Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen, cre…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Triple Bill review at the Coliseum, London – ‘the whole thing smacks of money and misguidance’ by Anna Winter

Who needs tinsel when you can see in the festive season with high-shine his ‘n’ hers cod pieces? Metallic groin carapaces are

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Bells and Spells review at the Coronet Theatre, London – ‘a peculiar theatrical magic’ by Anna Winter

This new show by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin (daughter of Charlie, granddaughter of Eugene O’Neill), weaves a peculiar but slightly frustrating theatrical magical.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Coppélia review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘transportive comic verve’ by Anna Winter

In a festive exchange of mechanical dolls, the Royal Ballet has substituted its seasonal Nutcracker for the decidedly more earthy and comedic

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

La Clique review at Leicester Square, London – ‘slick, if uneven evening of cabaret and circus’ by Anna Winter

Circus and cabaret outfit La Clique returns to London for the first time in 10 years to present a polished new line-up

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Adam Cooper: ‘I wasn’t a typical ballet figure – I always felt I had to prove myself’ by Anna Winter

Having been a principal at the Royal Ballet, Adam Cooper went on to pursue a song-and-dance career in a string of hit

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Nosedive review at Barbican Pit, London – ‘frustratingly tame circus show about climate change’ by Anna Winter

Nosedive, by physical theatre company Superfan, is a well-meaning show about intergenerational burdens featuring three adult performers and two young children. The

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Northern Ballet review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘boldly original new work’ by Anna Winter

Northern Ballet is known for its dramatic prowess in large narrative works, but its latest triple bill shows off the company’s skill

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Sleeping Beauty review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘excellent revival of a cherished classic’ by Anna Winter

The Royal Ballet made its name with Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, reopening Covent Garden’s knackered opera house in 1946 with a production

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Giselle review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘lavish spectacle and wonderful performances’ by Anna Winter

There’s no shortage of spectacle in David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s production of Giselle. As befitting this most beloved of Romantic ballets, Hayden

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘fascinating and unpredictable’ by Anna Winter

Lady Magma begins in the theatre bar with a free Negroni and some breathing exercises, courtesy of the choreographer. Dressed in a

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III review at Royal Opera House – ‘vibrantly danced triple bill’ by Anna Winter

The Royal Ballet proudly displays its heritage in a triple bill featuring works by founder choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, rounded

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Staging Schiele review – art, obsession and orgasmic yelps by Anna Winter

DanceEast, IpswichThe expressionist aesthetics of Egon Schiele’s nudes should make for riveting dance, but Shobana Jeyasingh’s production is a bit too beige It’s easy to see why the wo…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Split review – a compelling duet lays bare the female form by Anna Winter

The Place, LondonLucy Guerin’s show features two dancers – one clothed and one nude – and explores identity and the public and private self Shame, power, money: so many issues and expe…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Royal Ballet review – sublime surprises from Cunningham, Tanowitz and Ashton by Anna Winter

Royal Opera House, LondonPam Tanowitz’s gloriously rich Everyone Keeps Me is performed alongside bracing and serene revivals from Merce Cunningham and Frederick Ashton It’s a tough call …

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