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Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Patient Gloria, Brighton Festival review - an electric exploration of the control and manipulation of women by Katie Colombus

Laying bare the authority and entitlement of misogyny The psychology of female desire in 1960s California, was a field awash with voyeurism and exploitation. This brilliant play uncovers not…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Unchain Me, Brighton Festival Review - Dostoevsky-inspired theatre through the streets of Brighton by Katie Colombus

Democracy, justice and personal agendas create a sense of chaos and fun with dystopian overtones To take to the streets in Brighton in pursuit of a superior political ideology isn't unusual.…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

theartsdesk at bOing! International Family Festival - the best of European children's theatre by Katie Colombus

Visual and aural adventure at well-programmed weekend introduce the young to the artsTheatre for children can often be dismissed – a box to tick for parents who want to keep up with cultur…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Brighton Festival review - a dynamic dedication to an artist's muse by Katie Colombus

A kaleidoscope of colour, sound and the perfect love storyThey say that behind every successful man is a strong woman. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is as much – if not more so – the cham…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cirque du Soleil - OVO, Royal Albert Hall review - fantastical creatures, heart-in-mouth thrills by Katie Colombus

Athleticism, daring feats, grace and visual poetry in Cirque's animal world exravaganzaFor their eighth debut at the Royal Albert Hall, mesmerising French-Canadian performance art compa…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Lorax, Old Vic Theatre review - a sage tale for young theatre goers by Katie Colombus

A brilliantly British take on the Dr Seuss kids' classicWith mentions of Theresa May, cricket jumpers and DMs, Trump slurs and a host of characters with Northern accents, The Old Vic's …

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Katie Colombus: Dance gets a manifesto, but it’s white noise in election year by Katie Colombus

Dance UK last week published its manifesto on dance – a paper put together by a group of MPs who have been

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What The Body Does Not Remember , Sadler's Wells, London by Katie Colombus

Sadler's Wells, London: The hype around What The Body Does Not Remember - returning for the first time since being performed in London in 1989 - splits the audience in two. There are those w…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

En pointe: Learning to collaborate over distance can help your creative partnership by Katie Colombus

Collaboration can be a game changer in the creative process. For ex-Royal Ballet soloist Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion the process of co-creation – but also distance – is …

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

En pointe: Dance to look forward to in 2015 by Katie Colombus

What a happy new year it will be, with a joyous plethora of dance taking us into 2015. As ever, there is far too much to mention, so I have picked out a selection of…

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

En pointe: Best dance on Christmas TV by Katie Colombus

Michael Buble told me this very morning, “Baby, it’s cold outside”, and I’m inclined to agree. I’ve seen the Christmas ballet at the Royal Opera House (Alice’s Adventures is wond…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Cinderella and the Glass Slipper , Hertford Theatre, Hertford by Katie Colombus

Hertford Theatre, Hertford: Many pantomimes follow a formula - a tale as old as time, pop songs, cultural references, smut for the adults, the inclusion of cute kids and traditional skits - …

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

En pointe: An intimate and inspirational portrait of Irina Baronova by Katie Colombus

Since writing my blog about gifts to give dancers for Christmas, I keep seeing new books I wish I’d added. One of them is about Irina Baronova, ballerina of the Ballets Russes de Monte…

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland , Royal Opera House, London by Katie Colombus

Royal Opera House, London: Christopher Wheeldon has created a true Christmas classic. Re-inventing this nostalgic story with a timely twist, he has contextualised the Lewis Carroll tale for …

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sacred Monsters , Sadler's Wells, London by Katie Colombus

Sadler's Wells, London: It is so fitting that one of Sylvie Guillem's penultimate performances (she announced her retirement at the beginning of this month) should be a work of such per…

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En pointe: 10 Christmas gift ideas for dancers by Katie Colombus

I’ve been writing letters to Santa with the girls this week, and I thought I’d take inspiration from their present planning. I might print out a copy of this blog post and nail it firmly…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Triptych , Sadler's Wells, London by Katie Colombus

Sadler's Wells, London: The dwindling numbers of audience members returning to their seats after parts one and two of Rambert's triple bill, speaks volumes. Read the full review

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

En pointe: Katie Colombus’ Christmas dance picks by Katie Colombus

The decorations are going up and there’s a wintry chill in the air. If you’re wondering what to see over the festive season, have a gander at my recommendations for Christmas dance shows…

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Torobaka , Sadler's Wells, London by Katie Colombus

Sadler's Wells, London: What do Indian Kathak and Spanish flamenco dance have in common? Akram Khan and Israel Galvan's collaboration investigates, from the physical (rich, percussive, …

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

En pointe: Dancing on the C wing – Joe Moran’s hospital performance plan by Katie Colombus

I have seen dance in abandoned warehouses, parks, train stations, art galleries, up walls (with ropes), on boats and in churches. I have had a particular interest in site specific choreograp…

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Harlem Dream , Young Vic, London by Katie Colombus

Young Vic, London: In a mixed programme largely made up of conceptual contemporary choreography Harlem Dream is an enticing offering. Read the full review

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Milkshake Show - Party Party Live , Radlett Centre, Radlett by Katie Colombus

Radlett Centre, Radlett : This show will sell tickets purely because of the Milkshake brand. It's a theme-park style treat - much loved characters dressed up and come to life, which del…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

En pointe: Le Patin Libre are rewriting the book for dancing on ice by Katie Colombus

When you think of ice dancing, chances are you probably conjure up images of sequins, thick tan Danskins and Jon Heder’s character in Blades of Glory. Ice dancing’s had a real boom in re…

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

En pointe: Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen’s work is about more than (just) our thirst for Nordic culture by Katie Colombus

What is it with the British obsession with all things Nordic? From Bang & Olufsen and Wallander to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the West End version of Mamma Mia!, we seem to̷…

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mats Ek's Juliet & Romeo , Sadler's Wells, London by Katie Colombus

Sadler's Wells, London: This isn't your ordinary Romeo and Juliet ballet: set to an adapted arrangement of Tchaikovsky's score, rather than the traditional Prokofiev work, it strip…

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

En pointe: Get in the swing by Katie Colombus

We decided to round off the summer with one last final festival fling. Maui Waui in Theberton Park, Suffolk promised us cabaret, theatre, circus, burlesque revues and street performers as we…

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

En pointe: Got to Dance’s Bitter Harvest rekindled my passion for dance by Katie Colombus

Sky1’s recent finale of Got to Dance has everyone talking – mainly about the controversial winners, who seemed to triumph because of their back story rather than their talent. It’s a s…

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

En pointe: Is folk dance dead? by Katie Colombus

My experience of English folk dance is largely made up of maypole dancing at primary school and frightening my Kiwi husband with morris dancing in Sussex on our annual bank holiday jaunt to …

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

En pointe: What happens after you hang up your ballet shoes? by Katie Colombus

The theme of this week has been repurposing. All eyes were on Glasgow for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games – an event that received a mixed bag of opinions across the nation.…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature , Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London by Katie Colombus

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London: Wendy Whelan presents four collaborative duets, which she performs with each choreographer. Read the full review

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

En pointe: How To Survive The Edinburgh Festival by Katie Colombus

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is nearly upon us. Scotland’s capital city is about to be swamped with theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy and everything in between – including the most genre…

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