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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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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty review – the return of an exhilarating gothic classic by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBourne’s imagination thrives where others fail and his reinventions – a puppet Aurora, battling suitors and homages to Petipa – transform fairytale into dramaBa…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Bolshoi acid scandal: 'I'm just asking for proof' by Judith Mackrell

Scandal rocked the Bolshoi this year when its artistic director had acid thrown in his face. Nikolai Tsiskaridze, the troupe's recently sacked principal dancer, tells Judith Mackrell why he …

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Celebrating the influence of Isadora Duncan by Judith Mackrell

Isadora Duncan's half-naked, nymph-like movements changed the nature of ballet - and anticipated modern choreography. Judith Mackrell celebrates her influenceWhen Frederick Ashton choreograp…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Judith Mackrell's top 10 dance shows of 2016 by Judith Mackrell

Jane Eyre duetted with Rochester, Akram Khan imagined a refugee Giselle and Jonathon Young battled his demons in a nightmare cabaret. Our critic picks this year’s best danceIt was a tribut…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Nutcracker – a ballet beginner's guide by Judith Mackrell

As the Guardian prepares to stream a classic performance of Tchaikovsky's glittering masterpiece, we explore what makes this the world's favourite ballet – and pick out a few favourite pro…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The best theatre and dance shows this week by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Trouble In Mind | Beasty Baby | Shakespeare Trilogy | School Of Rock | The Tempest | Romeo And Juliet | The Nutcracker | Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes1 Trouble In MindTanya Moodie turns i…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Francesca Hayward: the next great British ballerina? by Judith Mackrell

At 22, Hayward is already being fast-tracked into principal roles and is one of the Royal Ballet’s most promising talentsAct II of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon takes place in a high-class b…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The best theatre and dance shows this week by Lyn Gardner, Mark Cook and Judith Mackrell

Strictly Ballroom | Bollywood Jack | Sweet Charity | Peter Pan | Cinderella | Annie Get Your Gun | Saint Joan | Simon Callow | The Siege Of Christmas | Black Beauty | The Nutcracker | The Wo…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala five-star review – a bleak and beautiful dream by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMichael Keegan-Dolan’s version of the classic ballet, told with Irish-Nordic folk music, builds to an unexpected moment of raptureMichael Keegan-Dolan has deep chor…

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The best... theatre and dance shows this week by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Dead Funny | Amadeus | An Inspector Calls | What I Learned From Johnny Bevan | Cinderella: A Fairytale | National Ballet Of China | Michael Keegan-Dolan: Swan Lake | Loch na hEala | The Nutc…

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