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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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Friday, July 14, 2017

10,000 Gestures review – a thrilling blizzard of movement by Judith Mackrell

Mayfield Depot, ManchesterWith capoeira kicks, pirouettes and the odd buttock scratch, Boris Charmatz’s show tests the limits of how we experience danceBoris Charmatz’s 10,000 Gestures c…

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1972 and Latitude festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

The Wardrobe Ensemble looks back at the sexual fumblings of the baby boomers, while Matthew Bourne, Sisters Grimm and others visit Suffolk’s arts jamboree1 1972: The Future of SexThe Wardr…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tap-dancing dynamo Michelle Dorrance stamps on a man's world by Judith Mackrell

In ETM: Double Down, the choreographer gathers breakdancers, musicians and giant electronic drum pads to hint at a thrilling future for the ever-evolving formMichelle Dorrance has been accla…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Available Light review – Lucinda Childs' minimalist movers weave through John Adams' music by Judith Mackrell

Palace theatre, ManchesterThis exhilarating revival reignites the alchemy that the choreographer and the composer found with Frank GehryThe last time that Lucinda Childs’ Available Light a…

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Bat Out of Hell and Available Light: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Revel in the over-the-top wackiness of the new Meat Loaf musical and take in Lucinda Childs’s poetic classic of minimalist dance1 Bat Out of HellRomeo and Juliet meets Peter Pan in this dy…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Voices of the Amazon review – water sprite's belting ballet rocks the rainforest by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBrazilian beats steal the show in this eco-fairytale about a water sprite battling human greed in the AmazonSisters Grimm, the young production company formed by comp…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Venice Biennale: Putin has a hot date as dance surrenders to orgasmic quivers and S&M taboos by Judith Mackrell

Marie Chouinard’s sexually charged debut programme sees dancers locked up like zoo animals then unleashed, while Vladimir Putin is taunted with whips – and made to dance with a Nubian Qu…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Kiss Me and Voices of the Amazon: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Richard Bean’s tale of war, loss and reproduction enters its final week, while Sadler’s Wells hosts Sisters Grimm’s river-inspired production1 Kiss MeRichard Bean is best known for the…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

8 Minutes review – dancers and scientists make a stunning cosmic voyage by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAlexander Whitley’s poetic and playful creation captures the alien unknowableness of the universe, as well as its visual magicEight minutes is the time it takes for…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

An Octoroon and Nicht Schlafen: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Race fuels the drama behind the Orange Tree’s latest hit, while Alain Platel of Les Ballets C de la B returns with a darkly surreal performance1 RotterdamAlice has been living in Rotterdam…

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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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