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Saturday, June 30, 2018

What to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Mark Cook and Judith Mackrell

From Leave No Trace to Little Mix, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Polarity and Proximity review – dialogues of desire by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, London A virtuoso ensemble wring nuanced emotions from a triple bill that teams two emerging choreographers with a Twyla Tharp classicDavid Bintley has never made a particu…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

What to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Harriet Gibsone, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Zama to Tacita Dean, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Akram Khan: the master mover who redefined dance by Judith Mackrell

The astonishingly expressive performer, who can conjure both charged stillness and whirling energy, is taking on his final major stage roleWhen Akram Khan was complimented by Mikhail Baryshn…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake: high-flyer or ugly duckling? by Judith Mackrell

Audiences tweeted their love after live cinema screenings of the Royal’s current production – but others hate the gothic set and costumesAs the Royal Ballet dance the final performances …

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Swan Lake review – the Royal Ballet's spellbinder leaves you weeping by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonThere are superlative performances – and the world’s most glamorous black tutu – in Liam Scarlett’s new take on the classicFundamentally, what I want from a …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Hans Christian Andersen's failed career as a dancer by Judith Mackrell

Hans Christian Andersen's fables have inspired countless ballets. Few people know, however, that he was a failed dancer himself. Judith Mackrell reportsBy the time Hans Christian Andersen wa…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Crave review – Julie Cunningham dances in the darkness of Sarah Kane's play by Judith Mackrell

Barbican, LondonDance and spoken word combine in an evocative retelling of Kane’s violent play about rape, madness and abuseHorrors haunt the text of Crave, the 1998 play by Sarah Kane in …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre review – exquisitely turbulent testament to Taiwan by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonRelentless waves of words wash over the beautiful island in Formosa, the farewell work by visionary choreographer Lin Hwai-minIt will be an epochal moment when Lin Hw…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Constant craving: Julie Cunningham puts Sarah Kane's dark poetry in motion by Judith Mackrell

The choreographer on staging Crave with an all-female cast and the struggle of performing with Merce Cunningham’s companyJulie Cunningham might have been precision-engineered to dance the …

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

An artists' boycott of Russia would simply play into Putin's hands by Judith Mackrell

Matthew Bourne is the latest choreographer to refuse to work in Russia. But if more British artists follow suit it might just make life harder for LGBT artists who oppose Putin• Jonathan J…

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Steps Back in Time review – the magic of young Kenneth MacMillan by Judith Mackrell

Barbican Pit, LondonA programme of MacMillan’s early works by his former ballerina Viviana Durante is brimming with tricksIn the early 1950s, Kenneth MacMillan saw little in the world of b…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cowpuncher review – postmodern dance outlaws put style over substance by Judith Mackrell

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonOutfitted in Vivienne Westwood, the fleet-footed outsiders in Holly Blakey’s subversive new piece are in thrall to their own imageStyled by the Vivienne Westwoo…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Voices of America review – ENB have a riot with Forsythe's club mashup by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWilliam Forsythe’s new work blends classical steps and disco bounce to a smooth poppy beat – and the dancers are clearly enjoying themselvesWilliam Forsythe’s n…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Richard Alston Dance Company review – stillness, serenity and funk by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells LondonAlston’s latest programme is a touching testament to his half century in the rigorous pursuit of purity in movementFifty years ago Richard Alston was a fierce, skinn…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary review – McGregor and Wheeldon at the top of their game by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonA revelatory tribute to Leonard Bernstein features designs by Erdem and a set by Edmund de Waal, with the music of Chichester Psalms and SerenadeThere’s a kinetic …

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Candoco Dance Company review – compelling document of human possibilities by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDisabled and non-disabled performers tackle political correctness and prejudice with mischievous humourIt’s always great to witness the buzz that choreographers get…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ballet British Columbia review – party beats and spinning solos by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCrystal Pite, Emily Molnar and Sharon Eyal deliver a triple bill of new works that range from hazardous to poignantTamara Rojo’s all-female programme She Said was p…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Macbeth review – murder on the dance floor in Mark Bruce's stunner by Judith Mackrell

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonFrom gibbering witches to cascading horror, this darkly hectic dance adaptation is beautifully executedAs the choreographer of Dracula, The Odyssey and other dar…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sweetshop Revolution: Beautiful review – extreme journeys inside female sexuality by Judith Mackrell

Hackney Showroom, LondonSally Marie’s highly physical work explores women’s experience of their bodies with raunchy energy, tenderness and rage, but communicates less than it couldAs the…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Murder, menopause and a boy who barks: the startling world of Yvonne Rainer by Judith Mackrell

When the iconoclastic choreographer reinvented herself as a film-maker at the turn of the 70s, she opened up a new world of possibilities for her artWhen Yvonne Rainer made the switch from c…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Bourne's Red Shoes and Khan's Giselle triumph at National Dance awards by Judith Mackrell

Zenaida Yanowsky and Liam Riddick take top dancer prizes, while Lez Brotherston wins outstanding contribution awardWe know that certain stories and certain archetypes have a strong hold on t…

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Juliet and Romeo review – star-crossed lovers try couples therapy by Judith Mackrell

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonIn Ben Duke and Lost Dog’s smart, wryly subversive and sexy dance-theatre piece, Juliet and Romeo didn’t die in that tomb. Worse … they grew old togetherSh…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Giselle review – exquisite Francesca Hayward is on her way to greatness by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonThe ballerina brings an illusion of spontaneity to the choreography while mining a wealth of emotion from this gothic ghost story’s fantastical plotFrancesca Haywa…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Viktor review – Pina Bausch's pleasure-seekers haunt Rome by Judith Mackrell

Tanztheater Wuppertal revive their founder’s striking evocation of death, sex and corruption in the eternal cityWhen Pina Bausch’s work was first shown in London in 1982 it changed the w…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Do the mambo! How the Windrush brought a dance revolution to Britain by Judith Mackrell

The Caribbeans who answered the call to save postwar Britain sparked a dance explosion. A new show relives those heady daysWhen the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948, the Trinidadian…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The dancer wears Prada: how couture went from catwalk to ballet and beyond by Judith Mackrell

From Chanel’s Riviera bathers to Alexander McQueen’s cross-dressing spywear, fashion has pushed dance to dazzling heightsAlexander McQueen always resisted the idea of working for dance. …

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Song of the Earth/La Sylphide review – Rojo powers a demanding double bill by Judith Mackrell

Coliseum, LondonEnglish National Ballet’s La Sylphide is limited by one-note performances but Tamara Rojo dazzles in Kenneth MacMillan’s magisterial Song of the Earth With its guileless …

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Beauties, beasts and a midlife crisis for Romeo and Juliet: 2018's top dance by Judith Mackrell

Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre will make your heart leap, Pina Bausch’s Roman dream returns to London and the Royal Ballet salute Macmillan and BernsteinPeter Wright’s staging of the Roma…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella review – blitz fairytale spins light through darkness by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonUsing the second world war as a traumatic, ships-in-the-night backdrop is inspired and Bourne’s dancers are once again on top of their game During the four years in…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The top 10 dance shows of 2017 by Judith Mackrell

Sgt Pepper strutted, Boris Charmatz gave us a buttock-scratching beauty and three men became Lady Macbeth – our critic picks the best dance of the year Continue reading...

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