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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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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From festive horror-comedy Better Watch Out to Mariah Carey’s Christmas tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue r…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Michael Haneke’s Happy End to Marilyn Manson’s latest tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Sugarplum sensations: the best dance shows this Christmas by Judith Mackrell

Matthew Bourne brings back his Blitz-set Cinderella, Arthur Pita presents The Little Match Girl with cartoon robots and there are Nutcrackers aplentyMore to see: Theatre | Carols and concert…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Sylvia review – lustful hunters and weapons-grade dancing by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonMarianela Nuñez and Natalia Osipova take turns playing one of classical dance’s most unconventional heroines, in the Royal Ballet’s opulent Arcadian fantasyWome…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Malian band Songhoy Blues to the Natural History Museum’s show about venomous beasts, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven da…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

What Britain's ballet stars made of Black Swan by Judith Mackrell

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a ballerina hitting the big time. How realistic is the movie? We asked the cream of British ballet to give their verdictsBlack Swan, directed by Darren Ar…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Men in Motion – review by Judith Mackrell

Coliseum, LondonIvan Putrov's male dance project can at times become a blur of homoerotic schmaltz, but at its best is very good indeedWhen Ivan Putrov launched his Men in Motion project two…

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Rambert review – Ben Duke's dance to the death is a searingly emotional joyride by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonInspired by the onstage intensity of Nina Simone, the centrepiece of this triple bill blurs real life and performance to spectacular effectWhat does it mean when danc…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Kyle Abraham: Pavement review – dancing in handcuffs with aggression and grace by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonInspired by his Philadelphia childhood and the film Boyz N the Hood, Abraham’s vivid choreography evokes daily violence but also camaraderie and tendernessThe baske…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From wartime race drama Mudbound to Phil Collins’s UK tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

'White governments gave us guns and turned a blind eye': Kyle Abraham on his Boyz N the Hood dance by Judith Mackrell

His political fury and upbeat moves make Kyle Abraham one of America’s most original choreographers. He talks about systemic racism, his wrecked home town of Pittsburgh, creating an Africa…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Is sexual violence being trivialised in ballet? by Judith Mackrell

Criticisms of the portrayal of rape in two recent Royal Ballet productions highlight a problem that is deeply embedded within the art formLove, grief, terror and desire: ballet can communica…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the Taylor Wessing photo prize to Hedda Gabler’s UK tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Royal Ballet: Tharp/Pita/Shechter review – stunning moves and wild west terror by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonSarah Lamb and Steven McRae soar through Haydn’s symphony, Natalia Osipova is driven mad in Texas and a 20-strong cast prowl the stage in this mixed billIn 1973, w…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Birmingham Royal Ballet review – gods, queens and dancing kangaroo rats by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA varied bill skipped from the gorgeous classicism of Michael Corder’s Le Baiser de la fée to the exotic carnival of dancing animals in David Bintley’s Still Lif…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the return of Bananarama to a new play by the writer of Doctor Foster, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue rea…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Igor and Moreno review – firecrackers and perfume in a mind-messing show by Judith Mackrell

The Place, LondonThe dance duo’s latest work, Andante, subjects the audience to sensory overload as the smoke and smells create a distancing hazeIt is very rare to experience something def…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dance legend Twyla Tharp on truculent men, selling hot dogs and her idol Agatha Christie by Judith Mackrell

She shook up the male world of modern dance in the 1970s and never slowed down. The US choreographer talks about fending off flak, videoing her entire career – and why you should never ask…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg. Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the Wildlife Photographer of the Year show to Beowulf on stage, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Robot revolution: Les Ballet Russes like you've never seen it by Judith Mackrell

Premiered just before the revolution, Parade was Les Ballets Russes’ most radical work. This dazzling update, with a robot politician and a silver wall-walker, captures its spirit – and …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Judas Tree/Song of the Earth review – from torrid violence to delicate majesty by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, London A five-company tribute to Kenneth MacMillan continues with brave and brilliant stagings of two very different worksThis season’s Kenneth MacMillan celebration con…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Swan Lake review – Dada Masilo ruffles feathers with gay remake by Judith Mackrell

Sadler's Wells, LondonThe choreographer brings comedy, carnival and African dance to a hallowed classic, and ends up with something totally newBlack and white; good and evil; reality and ill…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Lyon Opera Ballet: Trois Grandes Fugues review – breathtaking battles with Beethoven by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIn a magisterial triple bill, Lucinda Childs, Maguy Marin and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker let us hear, see and feel the composer’s classic in exhilarating ways‘A c…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration review – sublime, slinky salute to the master by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonAll five of the UK’s leading classical companies collaborate for the first time in a heartfelt celebration of the choreographer who changed the course of balletThe…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose , Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the return of St Vincent to Dr Seuss on stage, here is our pick of the best films, gigs, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Rocío Molina: Bosque Ardora review – a flamenco chameleon defies stereotypes by Judith Mackrell

Barbican, LondonThe riveting Spanish dancer plays goddess, burlesque seducer, sex kitten and more for her raw and ritualistic new show• Rocío Molina: flamenco and beyondThere’s not a ca…

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