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Thursday, April 19, 2018

An artists' boycott of Russia would simply play into Putin's hands by Judith Mackrell

Matthew Bourne is the latest choreographer to refuse to work in Russia. But if more British artists follow suit it might just make life harder for LGBT artists who oppose Putin• Jonathan J…

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Steps Back in Time review – the magic of young Kenneth MacMillan by Judith Mackrell

Barbican Pit, LondonA programme of MacMillan’s early works by his former ballerina Viviana Durante is brimming with tricksIn the early 1950s, Kenneth MacMillan saw little in the world of b…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cowpuncher review – postmodern dance outlaws put style over substance by Judith Mackrell

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonOutfitted in Vivienne Westwood, the fleet-footed outsiders in Holly Blakey’s subversive new piece are in thrall to their own imageStyled by the Vivienne Westwoo…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Voices of America review – ENB have a riot with Forsythe's club mashup by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWilliam Forsythe’s new work blends classical steps and disco bounce to a smooth poppy beat – and the dancers are clearly enjoying themselvesWilliam Forsythe’s n…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Richard Alston Dance Company review – stillness, serenity and funk by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells LondonAlston’s latest programme is a touching testament to his half century in the rigorous pursuit of purity in movementFifty years ago Richard Alston was a fierce, skinn…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary review – McGregor and Wheeldon at the top of their game by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonA revelatory tribute to Leonard Bernstein features designs by Erdem and a set by Edmund de Waal, with the music of Chichester Psalms and SerenadeThere’s a kinetic …

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Candoco Dance Company review – compelling document of human possibilities by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDisabled and non-disabled performers tackle political correctness and prejudice with mischievous humourIt’s always great to witness the buzz that choreographers get…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ballet British Columbia review – party beats and spinning solos by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCrystal Pite, Emily Molnar and Sharon Eyal deliver a triple bill of new works that range from hazardous to poignantTamara Rojo’s all-female programme She Said was p…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Macbeth review – murder on the dance floor in Mark Bruce's stunner by Judith Mackrell

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonFrom gibbering witches to cascading horror, this darkly hectic dance adaptation is beautifully executedAs the choreographer of Dracula, The Odyssey and other dar…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sweetshop Revolution: Beautiful review – extreme journeys inside female sexuality by Judith Mackrell

Hackney Showroom, LondonSally Marie’s highly physical work explores women’s experience of their bodies with raunchy energy, tenderness and rage, but communicates less than it couldAs the…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Murder, menopause and a boy who barks: the startling world of Yvonne Rainer by Judith Mackrell

When the iconoclastic choreographer reinvented herself as a film-maker at the turn of the 70s, she opened up a new world of possibilities for her artWhen Yvonne Rainer made the switch from c…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Bourne's Red Shoes and Khan's Giselle triumph at National Dance awards by Judith Mackrell

Zenaida Yanowsky and Liam Riddick take top dancer prizes, while Lez Brotherston wins outstanding contribution awardWe know that certain stories and certain archetypes have a strong hold on t…

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Juliet and Romeo review – star-crossed lovers try couples therapy by Judith Mackrell

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonIn Ben Duke and Lost Dog’s smart, wryly subversive and sexy dance-theatre piece, Juliet and Romeo didn’t die in that tomb. Worse … they grew old togetherSh…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Giselle review – exquisite Francesca Hayward is on her way to greatness by Judith Mackrell

Royal Opera House, LondonThe ballerina brings an illusion of spontaneity to the choreography while mining a wealth of emotion from this gothic ghost story’s fantastical plotFrancesca Haywa…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Viktor review – Pina Bausch's pleasure-seekers haunt Rome by Judith Mackrell

Tanztheater Wuppertal revive their founder’s striking evocation of death, sex and corruption in the eternal cityWhen Pina Bausch’s work was first shown in London in 1982 it changed the w…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Do the mambo! How the Windrush brought a dance revolution to Britain by Judith Mackrell

The Caribbeans who answered the call to save postwar Britain sparked a dance explosion. A new show relives those heady daysWhen the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948, the Trinidadian…

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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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