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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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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dreamgirls review – fantastic ride on the showbiz rollercoaster by Lyndsey Winship

Savoy theatre, London Glee’s Amber Riley gives a gutsy performance in the UK premiere of the Broadway musical that bursts with snappy numbers and tight dance routinesFrom the first swish o…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

'It's not Bob and Patti: The Ballet': new show celebrates Mapplethorpe and Smith by Lyndsey Winship

Reading the memoir Just Kids led choreographer Fleur Darkin to create a dance tribute to the photographer’s flower portraits and the punk poet‘The colour is so alive and so free, it almo…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Unknown pleasures: do we enjoy art more if it's anonymous? by Lyndsey Winship

The Royal Court has staged work by top-secret playwrights and Dance Umbrella is presenting new commissions by unnamed choreographers. Mystery performances can be liberating for artists as we…

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Jig your memory: the dance marathon that sends us spiralling into the past by Lyndsey Winship

From bopping to Top of the Pops to a failed Cats audition, Quarantine’s five-hour show Wallflower asks its performers to recall every time they’ve ever danced Jump to it: the must-see da…

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

It's great when you skate: how ice dance became cool by Lyndsey Winship

This season’s ice shows offer sequins, fireworks and dancers dressed as Disney characters but there are moves afoot to introduce arty elements to the formWith Christmas this year comes a f…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Into the groove: how we taught Madonna to krump and thrust by Lyndsey Winship

The Queen of Pop has always expressed herself through her moves. But who shows Madonna the steps? Her dance crew reveal all – from brutal all-night rehearsals to performing on her command …

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Monday, November 9, 2015

In ballet, real-life romance is the enemy of onstage chemistry | Lyndsey Winship by Lyndsey Winship

So, Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin are a couple. But the passion of dancers should be about scaling dizzy heights, not curling up with a box setWhen Sadler’s Wells theatre announced it…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Get ur Drake on: Hotline Bling's dance moves examined by Lyndsey Winship

The wedding dancefloor would appear to be the main source of inspiration for the Canadian rapper’s Hotline Bling video, but actually he channels thousands of years of dance culture On firs…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

'Understand – it hurts': giants of dance reveal its tolls and triumphs by Lyndsey Winship

Late nights, early mornings, punishing schedules, stage fright, pulled hamstrings, failed auditions … Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Lauren Cuthbertson, Wayne McGregor, Matthew Bourne and mor…

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Flexing: the 'bone-breaking' dance craze that bubbled up from Brooklyn by Lyndsey Winship

A shoulder twisted out of its socket? A back flip from the second floor of a building? Those are just the sort of show-stopping moves turning New York’s latest street dance craze into an i…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

'I’m surprised he still wants to do it': dancing with your ex by Lyndsey Winship

Dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet made D’Avant when they were a couple. How does it feel to perform it now they are no longer together?For some people, working with an ex would…

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sore muscles and joyful leaps: the quest to be crowned BBC Young Dancer by Lyndsey Winship

From ballet to hip-hop, 20 finalists train for thousands of hours in the hope of winning BBC Four’s first contest for dancers aged 16 to 20Twenty-year-old Jonadette Carpio strides across t…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kevin O'Hare: 'We’ve got choreographers that people around the world want' by Lyndsey Winship

As the Royal Ballet announces its new season, artistic director defends quality of British dancers and says he is addressing lack of female choreographers In his Covent Garden office, the Ro…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

'Choose your path': lose yourself among the dancers in Margate's Maze by Lyndsey Winship

Performers and audiences bounce, climb and play in a spongy immersive world created by choreographer Jasmin Vardimon and architect Ron Arad for Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery“Foll…

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Monday, December 8, 2014

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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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The doctor will dance for you now by Lyndsey Winship

Why are French clowns invading hospitals and should there be dancing in the wards? Meet the performers injecting fresh blood into medical training Continue reading...

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