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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rambert: Two review – spiky, sassy dancers seize the stage by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonRambert showcases its new sister company in Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s knockout Killer Pig, plus work by Benoit Swan Pouffer and Rafael BonachelaEight hundred youn…

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Misty Copeland: the trail-blazing ballerina loved by Prince, Obama and Disney by Lyndsey Winship

She thinks ballet’s broken – and has a plan to fix it. The star of Disney’s Nutcracker reboot talks about racism, nude shoes and growing up bendy‘Ballet was definitely my escape,” …

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Friday, November 2, 2018

La Bayadère review – Marianela Núñez dances with heart-rending beauty by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonThe loose plotting of the love story is offset by performers who elevate the melodrama to mesmerising levelsLet’s take a moment to appreciate the genius of Mariane…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Clod Ensemble: Placebo review – medical science as hypnotic dance by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonBoundaries between fake and real are blurred and broken in a smart, funny show that fuses science and artFake operations that cure knee pain, empty pills that work as well a…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Fire and Fury review – flaming hot dancers by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonFire ripples through dancers’ bodies in Juanjo Argues’ vital new work, while David Bintley rekindles his Sun King spectacleThis double bill from Birmingham Royal …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Eva Recacha: Aftermath review – choreographing something out of nothing by Lyndsey Winship

Lilian Baylis Studio, London Dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Charlotte Maclean weave patterns of wit, absurdity and giddy joy in a strange and quietly radical showTwice a finalist in the Place …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Medusa review – a snake-haired gorgon for the #MeToo era by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonJasmin Vardimon’s twist on the ancient Greek myth features near-contortionist dancers and violent choreography let down by a cloudy central conceptA billowing plast…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Nude, skewed and turbo-charged: the dancers weaving a mesmerising magic by Lyndsey Winship

Dimitris Papaioannou’s show at Dance Umbrella is a painterly piece that leaves little to the imagination, while Le Patin Libre deliver a haunting show on iceLondon’s Dance Umbrella festi…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

'The body lights up': stroke survivors find their footing through dance by Lyndsey Winship

After fresh and funny takes on Shakespeare and Paradise Lost, Ben Duke brings together five people who have had a stroke to tell their stories – and help them reconnect with their bodiesIt…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Reckonings review – the next big things in dance by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with three ambitious, striking, heart-lifting new commissions from Botis Seva, Julie Cunningham and Alesandra Seutin To ce…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

'There's a fire inside': the new generation of political dance rebels by Lyndsey Winship

Out with abstraction and virtuosity for its own sake: these idealistic young choreographers are making empowering work that tackles big issues“I always say I just want to save the world,…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Pantsula revolution! How South Africa's gangster dance got political by Lyndsey Winship

A quick-stepping dance from the townships has gone mainstream thanks to its crazy energy, competitive edge and campaigning forceIn the beginning, it was all about the shoes. In the early 195…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Wen Hui: Red review – China's Cultural Revolution revisited by Lyndsey Winship

Purcell Room, LondonThe Beijing-based choreographer offers a fascinating reappraisal of a propagandist balletIn the first years of China’s Cultural Revolution, there were only eight “mod…

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What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Mark Cook and Lyndsey Winship

From A Star Is Born to Reckonings, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Carlos Acosta: A Celebration review – strength, swagger and the Stones by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Albert Hall, LondonA mixed bill involving Acosta’s Havana-based company was not so much a summing up of his 30-year career as a step forwardCarlos Acosta is celebrating 30 years as a…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

17c review – rollicking 21st-century take on Samuel Pepys by Lyndsey Winship

Old Vic, LondonPepys’s celebrated diaries come under feminist scrutiny in Big Dance Theater’s postmodern mashupWhat’s the British slang for penis? The woman in the wig wants to know. S…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance review – a dizzying odyssey from past to present by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe ballet superstar plots a course from classic to modern with six pieces that evoke eeriness, desolation and giddy joyMuch is made these days of ballet dancers bein…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pierre Rigal: Scandale review – hip-hop dance jolts and cackles to the beat by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, London Rigal’s performers explore street vernaculars and the shamanic power of music in this flawed if clever pieceSix fresh young dancers look as if they’ve bought the…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sylvia: the suffragettes giving musicals a kick in the ballots by Lyndsey Winship

It sets history to hip-hop and has a diverse cast – but Sylvia is not riding on the coattails of Hamilton, says its director Kate Prince. Instead its heroine marches to a beat all her own …

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mårten Spångberg, the bad boy of contemporary dance by Lyndsey Winship

The Dane likes his audience to leave their phones on and has a troupe that's the choreographic equivalent of Occupy. He explains why he's aiming for 'something neo-liberalism can't cope with…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Leap over Beethoven: how his fiendish fugue inspired three dances by Lyndsey Winship

Dancers are cast as string instruments in a show set to the composer’s ‘frighteningly powerful’ late work. Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin discuss turning hi…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Bop till you drop: the staggering true stories behind America's dance marathons by Lyndsey Winship

No Miracles Here, a new show at the Edinburgh festival, revisits the Depression-era craze that had couples dancing for weeks in pursuit of big prize money. Today, that spirit lives on in rea…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Invasion of the sofa sculptures: Willi Dorner's dancing human furniture by Lyndsey Winship

They squeeze into alcoves, pile up by litter trays and pose for family photos with chairs on their heads. Meet the dance troupe making no living room safeI walk through the front door to fin…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Almost human: why is art so obsessed with lifesize dolls? by Lyndsey Winship

From Coppélia and Pygmalion to Mannequin and Buffybot, artists love playing games with lifesize dolls. It's a trail of lust, obsession and beheadingsCoppélia is one of the sillier corners …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

'Getting rid of the beard is a challenge': the secret world of Asian drag queens by Lyndsey Winship

How do you tell the story of the ‘gaysian’ drag scene? With killer heels, pineapple hats and lots of duct tape. We go backstage at Miss Meena and the Masala QueensAn actor waits for his …

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blanca Li: the dance powerhouse wanted by everyone from Daft Punk to Beyoncé by Lyndsey Winship

She has blazed a trail from Granada to New York to Paris, rapping, partying and dancing in a latex flamenco dress. Is Britain ready for Blanca Li and her ramshackle dancing robots?I didn’t…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Think dance isn't for you? No wonder with titles like these by Lyndsey Winship

Their art form already feels distant to some audiences. Do choreographers just make things worse by coming up with obscure names for their shows?I was once having a conversation with Matthew…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What would Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone score on Strictly? by Lyndsey Winship

This week La La Land, whose stars sing and dance, got 14 Oscar nominations. What did former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips think?I had read all the reviews before going to see La La Land and…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

'Let's turn the whole world around': inside Siobhan Davies' dance laboratory by Lyndsey Winship

Does the mind rule the body? The dancer doesn’t think so – and she’s recruited scientists for her experimental new showWe’re standing in a beautiful, airy dance studio, beneath a cei…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ballerina: the animated kids' film that gets to the pointe of ballet by Lyndsey Winship

This feature-length animation set in the prestigious Paris Opera school boasts choreography based on real performances and takes the art form seriouslyAsk any ballet dancer about the film Bl…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Movies that made moves: five of the best dance shows based on films by Lyndsey Winship

As the Gene Kelly classic An American in Paris makes it to the stage, we celebrate some other big-screen stories with unexpectedly light feet• How Christopher Wheeldon adapted An American …

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