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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The standout dance of summer 2017 by Judith Mackrell

Tap thunders into new territory, 25 performers make 10,000 moves, Lady Macbeth is laid bare and a young boy goes on a journey through gender transition• Summer arts preview 2017: TV | Come…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Richard Alston Dance Company review – steps into darkness and leaps of the heart by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAlston’s new work, Chacony, is a charged homage to Benjamin Britten’s wartime experiences, while Gypsy Mixture succumbs joyfully to its Balkan fusion soundtrack a…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

When Anna Pavlova met Uday Shankar – and changed dance for ever by Judith Mackrell

The world's biggest ballet star collaborated with an Indian art student in 1923 – and set a major dance career in motionReading on mobile? Click to view Continue reading...

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Scottish Dance Theatre review – ballet with the spirit of street-dance rebellion by Judith Mackrell

The Place, LondonRadical hip-hop choreographer Botis Seva liberates his dancers from the strictures of classical dance with a strange new language of movementEver since Isadora Duncan denoun…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Persuasion and Elixir festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Jane Austen’s novel is transported to a foam party in Lyme Regis, while the season that celebrates older dancers returns with an ambitious programme1 GolemSly wit and brilliant use of anim…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Infinity Pool and Ignition festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Bea Roberts reworks Madame Bovary for the modern age, while Henri Oguike, Dane Hurst and others bring new works to Kingston’s Rose theatre1 Angels in AmericaThere is something very satisfy…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas review – misjudged dance with death by Judith Mackrell

Richmond theatre, LondonNorthern Ballet’s production, based on John Boyne’s novel about an unlikely friendship at Auschwitz, is performed well but plagued by drastic failures of toneJohn…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ashton at the Royal Ballet review – miraculous moves and romantic rapture by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonThe company’s founder choreographer Frederick Ashton is celebrated in a sensational triple bill that captures his spirit and styleShortly before his death in 1988,…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mothers review – Frauke Requardt's exquisitely painful take on toddlers by Judith Mackrell

The Place, London From deliriously odd moments of fantasy to monstrous games with poo, the children in this dance diary drag their mother from ecstasy to exhaustion“I am the mother,” roa…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

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

Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan tackle morality via a murderous game, while a double bill from Angelin Preljocaj and Crystal Pite comes to London1 KillologySometimes a playwright-and-direct…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interview: Zenaida Yanowsky by Judith Mackrell

Zenaida Yanowsky has been too Russian, too intelligent and sometimes just too tall for the great classical roles. But after a decade with the Royal Ballet, that is finally about to change. S…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Choreographer Mark Morris: 'I can be very scary' by Judith Mackrell

He may be nearing 60 but Mark Morris has no time for looking back. The great choreographer is too busy swearing, feuding – and creating dazzling dance. Judith Mackrell sees him in actionWi…

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Pepperland review – Mark Morris's Lonely Hearts Club dancers are a dream by Judith Mackrell

Royal Court, LiverpoolUsing a bold new score from Ethan Iverson, the choreographer has created a gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute to the classic Beatles albumWith Mark Morris it alw…

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Othello, Sirens and Desh: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Richard Twyman revives Shakespeare with style, Ontroerend Goed explore feminism and Akram Khan looks at the past through Bangladesh and Britain1 OthelloRichard Twyman’s revival is a real c…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Royal Ballet mixed bill review – Scarlett and Yanowsky deliver a mesmerising melodrama by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonA magnificent performance by Zenaida Yanowsky in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances crowns a programme including Balanchine, Ashton and WheeldonWhen Zenaida Yanowsky…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tristan & Yseult and Pepperland: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Brighton festival hosts the offbeat retelling of a Cornish legend, while Mark Morris premieres a work set to songs from the Beatles’ album1 Tristan & YseultBrighton festival hosts the …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rambert review – ghosts, wild horses and dances of life and death by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAletta Collins considers a mother’s memories in her new work, part of a triple bill that includes a revival of Christopher Bruce’s classic Ghost DancesAletta Coll…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

While We’re Here and Rambert: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Tessa Peake-Jones and Andrew French excel in a tragicomedy about lost love, while Sadler’s Wells hosts a triple bill from the celebrated dance company1 While We’re HereCarol and Eddie ar…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Sky's the limit: Boris Charmatz's rooftop dance reclaims cities from terror by Judith Mackrell

His dancers have performed at Tate Modern and been lifted by cranes. Now, the maverick choreographer is taking them to the top of a multistorey carpark for a feverish protest showIt is dark,…

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Golem and Brighton festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Catch 1927’s fable about our over-reliance on machines and explore the best of dance, as curated by Kate Tempest. Plus: Every Brilliant Thing and Voodoo1 GolemFew companies have the all-ro…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Happiness Project review – fabulous dancers jump for joy by Judith Mackrell

The Place, LondonDidy Veldman launches her company with a terrific show that encourages its audience to experience dance as a surge of emotionAre you happy? This most banal but quintessentia…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mayerling review – sex, drugs and revolution in the Royal Ballet's superb staging by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonEdward Watson finds sympathy for the doomed prince while Sarah Lamb gives one of the performances of her career in MacMillan’s unsparingly brutal balletMayerling i…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Breakin’ Convention and The Toad Knew: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

James Thierrée creates fairytale-style marvels, while the world’s biggest hip-hop dance-theatre festival returns for its 14th year1 The Toad KnewAs weird as it is compelling, the latest f…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Is the BBC’s young dancer competition a step too far? by Judith Mackrell

Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo and Akram Khan are onboard, and contemporary, hip-hop and South Asian dance are added to the usual ballet fare. But there are flaws in this conceptDoes the dance w…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

MK Ultra review – Adam Curtis doc dominates Rosie Kay's Illuminati dance by Judith Mackrell

Laban theatre, LondonIn a stylish collaboration, the film-maker and choreographer explore the myth of a shadowy cult attempting world domination through mass brainwashingAgainst a rising tid…

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Junkyard and Mayerling: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Teen misfits save the day in Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck’s play, while the Royal Ballet tackles the Austro-Hungarian empire1 JunkyardIt may be more of a play with songs than a fully fl…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Lion King and The Legend of Mulan: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Two tales tackled by Disney are reimagined for the stage. Plus: Sally Cookson adapts Fellini’s La Strada and Dance International Glasgow returns1 The Lion KingIn hindsight it seems absurd …

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Casanova review – too much plot, not enough passion for Northern Ballet's limp lothario by Judith Mackrell

Theatre Royal, NorwichThere are powdered wigs and romps galore in Kenneth Tindall’s first full-length story ballet, but he never truly gets at his hero’s mind and heartThere is a properl…

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

Sally Cookson captures the fragile heart of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, while Crystal Pite’s astounding take on grief and addiction returnsJane Eyre Continue reading...

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Royal Ballet gambles on new talent and competitive spirit to invigorate classics by Judith Mackrell

For its 2017-18 season, the Royal Ballet pays tribute to Kenneth MacMillan and Leonard Bernstein – and brings in Liam Scarlett, Edmund de Waal and a take on a deranged silent movieOne of t…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Balanchine's Jewels: the product-placement ballet that became a masterpiece by Judith Mackrell

With its shameless courting of wealthy New York, George Balanchine’s plot-free ballet Jewels was initially seen as tacky. But its magical synthesis of ballet history means it has endured f…

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