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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A kaleidoscope of legs: Busby Berkeley's flamboyant dance fantasies by Judith Mackrell

In hit movies like 42nd Street, Berkeley liberated dance from the stage and placed it in a purely cinematic dimension with dizzyingly inventive routinesA new West End production of 42nd Stre…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trisha Brown obituary by Judith Mackrell

Influential US choreographer first admired for her spare, subversive dances who underwent a radical shift as she was gripped by ‘a rapture to move’Trisha Brown, who has died aged 80, was…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Royal Ballet triple bill review – gripping vision of the refugee crisis by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonSet to Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern is brave and beautiful alongside work by Christopher Wheeldon and David DawsonIt’s…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rosalind review – this is As You Like It but not as you know it by Judith Mackrell

The Place, LondonJames Cousins deploys a language of sexual fluidity as his superb dancers bring passion and intimacy to a flirtation with Shakespeare’s heroineIn James Cousins’ bold rei…

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Project Polunin review – Sergei's Swarovski-studded ballet falls flat by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, London Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova bring star power to an ambitious dance programme but despite some beautiful moves it’s a misjudged muddleEver since Sergei Polun…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Inside the Illuminati with Rosie Kay and Adam Curtis by Judith Mackrell

Rosie Kay has trained with the army and delved into tribal rituals for her bold dance shows. In her latest, MK Ultra, she’s investigating the secret society believed to be brainwashing Bey…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Julie Cunningham review – poetic dances to Kate Tempest and Anohni by Judith Mackrell

The Pit, Barbican, LondonThe dancer turned choreographer presents two pieces themed around identity and sexual fluidity, featuring some gorgeously sophisticated sequencesJulie Cunningham has…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ballet Black review – edgy, visceral elegance and fairytale fun by Judith Mackrell

Barbican, LondonThis eclectic triple bill draws inspiration from Debussy and Shostakovich before concluding with a riotous rendering of Little Red Riding HoodThere are so many shining ways i…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Stepmother/Stepfather review – dare you enter Arthur Pita's chamber of horrors? by Judith Mackrell

The Place, London With its violent seesaws between darkness and tender insight, Pita’s macabre cabaret confirms the choreographer as one of his generation’s leading storytellersWith his …

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Matthew Bourne's protege James Cousins on his dance with Shakespeare by Judith Mackrell

His debut show featured a duet in which a dancer never touched the ground. Now, James Cousins is staging his most ambitious piece yet, a modern take on As You Like It set in Seoul and inspir…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba review – a fierce call for revolution by Judith Mackrell

Barbican, London The company’s three works explore hothouse machismo, private headspace and colliding forces in Cuban society with power and urgencyIs Cuba finally about to emerge from dec…

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Nell Gwynn and Ballet Black: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Christopher Luscombe’s frisky production tackles male domination of the stage, while a new mixed bill at the Barbican features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa1 The Pitchfork DisneyExhilarating, tens…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

All change for Osipova and Vasiliev by Judith Mackrell

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev were the Bolshoi's golden couple – on stage and off. But their love affair is over and they're flirting with new kinds of dance. Judith Mackrell asks them…

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Pointe break: ballet's destructive power laid bare in Sergei Polunin documentary by Judith Mackrell

Steven Cantor’s intimate film about the rebellious dancer exposes the pressures heaped on young prodigies – and has vital lessons for the industryIn Dancer, Steven Cantor’s new film ab…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Israel Galván: FLA.CO.MEN review – 'It's an evening that screams avant garde!' by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, London Galván’s wild flamenco reinventions show mesmerising prowess – though not when he’s being pelted by paper ballsThere’s good reason to fear the worst from th…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Tanztheater Wuppertal: Masurca Fogo review – a hot collage of anguish and joy by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIn Pina Bausch’s impressionistic travelogue of Portugal and Brazil, the dancers confess intimate memories, put their bodies on parade and enjoy larky gamesIt’s ne…

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Richard III and Matthew Bourne: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From a full-blooded reimagination of Shakespeare to the best of a celebrated choreographer. Plus: Eurohouse, Joan, BU21 and more1 Richard IIIDavid Hare may be up in arms about the European i…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Chase Johnsey's unlikely success is a bold and beautiful victory for ballet by Judith Mackrell

The US prodigy, celebrated for his speed, grace and spectacularly witty performances, is among the winners at the National Dance awardsClassical ballet is notoriously an art form that impose…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake – review by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonThere's no doubting the love that many British ballet fans feel for the Bolshoi, nor their sympathy for the company's recent trials. But in spite of such loyal enthu…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

An Inspector Calls and E15: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Stephen Daldry’s ground-breaking production to a visceral take on the welfare crisis. Plus: Worst Wedding Ever, Material Men Redux and more1 An Inspector CallsThat inspector keeps on …

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

When the Ballet Boyz became Dadz by Judith Mackrell

Lippy, brash and unshaven, the Ballet Boyz were a dance phenomenon. Now, as they enter their 40s, they're launching their boldest venture yetMichael Nunn has just made an unsettling discover…

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Les Enfants Terribles review – Javier De Frutos teases out sex-games siblings' inner damage by Judith Mackrell

Barbican theatre, LondonWith eight Royal Ballet dancers enacting the claustrophobic world of an incestuous couple, De Frutos weaves intricate physical poetry around Jean Cocteau’s text and…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Us/Them and Woolf Works: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

A remarkable look at the Beslan school tragedy and a homage by Wayne McGregor to Virginia Woolf. Plus: The Glass Menagerie, Letters To Windsor House, Love, Travesties, Sampled and Cinderella…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Think on your feet: Siobhan Davies' dance show steps into your mind by Judith Mackrell

The choreographer’s latest project explores the ‘intelligent body’, as her audience follow their own path through the Barbican’s Curve galleryWhen does a simple movement become a ges…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Royal Ballet: Woolf Works five-star review – ravishingly expressive by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonWayne McGregor’s triptych based on Virginia Woolf’s life and writings is a haunting meditation on memory, madness and timeWayne McGregor doesn’t flinch from ex…

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Les Enfants Terribles: Cocteau's scandalous siblings dance on the edge by Judith Mackrell

Ahead of the Royal Ballet’s new production of Philip Glass’s dance opera, based on the poetic French novel, choreographer Javier De Frutos and his principal dancers talk incest, jealousy…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Escaped Alone and Les Enfants Terribles: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Caryl Churchill’s drama confounds expectations, while Javier De Frutos directs Philip Glass’s opera. Plus: Hedda Gabler, Pink Mist and Richard Alston Dance1 Escaped AloneAs ever, the bri…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wayne McGregor: Zen and the art of dance | Judith Mackrell by Judith Mackrell

Wayne McGregor is one of the world's busiest choreographers. He's also into neuroscience, Antarctica – and walking his dog on a remote African island.In the opening and closing moments of …

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Art and Siobhan Davies Dance: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Yasmina Reza’s hit play returns, while interdisciplinary art is celebrated. Plus: Mamma Mia!, In a Pickle, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus, Russian State Ballet Of Siberia and Blak Whyte G…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lift-off: the must-see dance shows of 2017 by Judith Mackrell

Carlos Acosta’s Cuban company comes to the UK, Javier de Frutos assembles a dream cast for Philip Glass’s dance opera and Shobana Jeyasingh explores the Indian diaspora … the best danc…

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Dreamgirls and the rest of this week’s best theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s girl band musical, plus The Witches, Wish List, The Snow Queen, The Little Match Girl And Other Happier Tales, Fall Out, Giselle and Resolution 2017It’s been…

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