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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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Rocío Molina: flamenco and beyond by Judith Mackrell

Some say she’s killing ‘real’ flamenco – but Rocío Molina has no time for conservatism. She’s teaming up with a Korean hip-hop dancer and takes her inspiration from Nietzsche and …

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Rocío Molina: Fallen from Heaven review – flamenco pushed to sexual extremes by Judith Mackrell

Barbican, London The reckless dance marvel writhes on the floor, dresses as a dominatrix and rides a phallic broomstick as she delivers an exhilarating, high-voltage showThere are very few f…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days review – daring dance created at breakneck speed by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, London Working to a tight deadline, Javier De Frutos, Iván Pérez, Christopher Wheeldon and Craig Revel Horwood respond to the theme of balance in new pieces, presented al…

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Saturday, October 7, 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

Introducing our regular roundup of the best films, gigs, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance, including Blade Runner 2049, Little Mix and Dalí/Duchamp Continue reading...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wayne McGregor: Autobiography review – a mind-boggling mix of science and sorcery by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBeginning by sequencing his own genome, the maverick choreographer has fashioned a show that is mysteriously beautiful and curiously frustratingWayne McGregor’s tit…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Acosta Danza review – Carlos steps out with his formidable Cuban movers by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, London The dancer’s debut as a director is a potent, at times mesmerising show performed by a versatile company – with an appearance by the great man himselfIt’s a re…

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Things I Know to Be True and Wayne McGregor: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Two companies collaborate to take a delicate look at family dynamics, while the esteemed choreographer brings a deeply personal show to Sadler’s Wells1 Things I Know to Be TrueThis collabo…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

'You leave part of yourself on stage': Royal Ballet dancers on Kenneth MacMillan by Judith Mackrell

For Edward Watson they’re terrifying and exhilarating. Sarah Lamb struggles to return to reality after performing them. Twenty-five years after Macmillan’s death, his visceral works have…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Follies and Acosta Danza: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful musical continues its run at the National, while the celebrated choreographer returns to London1 FolliesStephen Sondheim’s flawe…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Dead Club – Poe meets Lynch in a wickedly deviant disco riot by Judith Mackrell

The Place, LondonThe performers morph from party kids to Victorians to hipsters in Requardt & Rosenberg’s subversive, surreal spectacle of death and the afterlifeChoreographer Frauke R…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Jane Eyre and Royal Ballet Gala: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Sally Cookson’s witty, inventive take on Charlotte Brontë’s novel comes to Hull, while the city’s New theatre reopens with a visit from the Royal’s dancers1 Living With the Lights O…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale review – a wild waltz for the end of time by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe choreographer squares up to our political anxieties – and his own demons – with grace and the defiant spirit of the band who played on the TitanicGrand Finale…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017 by Michael Billington, Lyn Gardner, Judith Mackrell and Brian Logan

Hamilton hits London, Bryan Cranston’s news anchor goes berserk, Wayne McGregor turns his DNA into dance, Mae Martin revisits her teen addictions and Toyah Willcox is a time-travelling que…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

War Horse and Grand Finale: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s staging of the children’s novel returns, while Hofesh Shechter’s new show imagines an anarchic apocalypse1 War HorseWith it becoming such a huge and d…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Me & Robin Hood and DeadClub: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Shôn Dale-Jones turns his attention to the increasing divide between rich and poor, while Requardt & Rosenberg deliver an intense performance about memory1 Me & Robin HoodIn his las…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lord of the Flies review – Bourne captures schoolboys’ bloodlust brilliantly by Judith Mackrell

With its locally auditioned young dancers, Matthew Bourne’s touring production vividly displays the children’s descent from innocence to savageryTwo tribes: Matthew Bourne’s Lord of th…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Oresteia and Rosalind: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Zinnie Harris’s retelling of Aeschylus’s drama adds muscle to the tale, while As You Like It is the inspiration for James Cousins’ latest choreography1 Oresteia: This Restless HouseThe…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Touch and Sacrifice: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Fleabag director Vicky Jones’s filthily enjoyable play enters its last week at Soho theatre, while Iceland Dance Company takes over Royal Festival Hall1 TouchVicky Jones’s filthily enjoy…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Skin review – brave attempt to dance gender transition by Judith Mackrell

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghDespite past form in translating complex emotion into dance, 201 Dance Company’s attempt to navigate gender-reassignment intricacies feels too tidyThere was a…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here review – bold and haunting backstory to regicide by Judith Mackrell

Dance Base, EdinburghBy breaking Lady Macbeth’s psyche down into three roles danced by men, Kally Lloyd-Jones fascinatingly fleshes out Shakespeare’s underwritten antiheroineWhat kind of…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

From rural Taiwan to the frozen north via a great white whale: dance at the fringe spreads its wings by Judith Mackrell

The most exciting dance is on the fringe this year, dealing with epic themes and a common inspiration of being lost or set adrift in strange placesDance has had an uneven history at the Edin…

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Much Ado About Nothing and Blak Whyte Gray: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Shakespeare’s play gets a Mexican makeover in Matthew Dunster’s revival, while Boy Blue Entertainment explores images of freedom in a turbulent world1 Much Ado About NothingShakespeare…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar and Tero Saarinen: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

One of the unexpected pleasures of last summer returns to Regent’s Park, while the Finnish choreographer addresses masculinity and brutality1 The Flying Lovers of VitebskWhat is the cost o…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Trajal Harrell – the dirty dancer voguing his way into history by Judith Mackrell

From the runway strut to the hoochie koochie, choreographer Trajal Harrell is turning outlaw dance forms into radical, booty-shaking spectacleThe voguing balls of Harlem, the hoochie koochie…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Touch and Mariinsky Ballet: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Fleabag director Vicky Jones returns with a candid, honest play about sex, while Russia’s finest enjoy a second week at the Royal Opera House1 TouchDee is living in chaos in a bedsit in Lo…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ink and Mariinsky Ballet: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

James Graham takes on the Sun and Rupert Murdoch, while the great Russian troupe bring Don Quixote and Swan Lake to the Royal Opera House1 The FerrymanNow extended into 2018, Jez Butterworth…

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