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Friday, January 18, 2019

Trio ConcertDance review – Alessandra Ferri forges a new path for older dancers by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonThe 55-year-old partnered with American Ballet Theater principal Herman Cornejo in thoughtful, poised interpretations of McGregor, Maliphant and othersThe second com…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Transfiguration review – a hideous horror show you'll never forget by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe French artist Olivier de Sagazan turns himself into a sculpture in this terrifying, visceral performanceOlivier de Sagazan’s Transfiguration, a performance firs…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Strictly factor: which new TV dance show has the right moves? by Lyndsey Winship

BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer and Channel 4’s Flirty Dancing are going toe to toe for audiences. But can they fill Strictly’s shoes?The new year starts with two new dance shows to fill th…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Swan Lake review – pretty on top but nothing below the surface by Lyndsey Winship

Coliseum, LondonEnglish National Ballet’s revival of Derek Deane’s 1997 staging has a flock of well-schooled swans and some standout solos, but there is a lack of chemistry between the l…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Decadence and dystopia: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of 2019 by Michael Billington, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

Blanchett and Hiddleston get sexual, there are chills in a Glasgow tower block, Matthew Bourne takes on the star-crossed lovers, plus Catherine Tate, Tim Minchin and Ben Elton return to the …

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Thick & Tight: meet the dance world's gruesome twosome by Lyndsey Winship

From Hitler and Cath Kidston to Freud and Madonna, a dance-drag act makes unlikely pairings duet together Unmissable theatre, dance and comedy for 2019About five years ago, in a room above a…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Les Patineurs / Winter Dreams / The Concert review – festive cheer and tears at the Royal Ballet by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, London A fine take on Chekhov’s melancholy Three Sisters brings bite to this seasonal triple bill, before ice skaters and lovers restore the yuletide glowWho needs festi…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Top 10 dance shows of 2018 by Judith Mackrell and Lyndsey Winship

Romeo and Juliet muddled into middle age, Akram Khan suffered shell-shock, Rambert2 lost control – and William Forsythe gave ballet a stratospheric street shakeupMore best culture 2018 Ove…

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Hansel and Gretel review – kids' house party with sweet beats by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonIt’s bright and bouyant and the music, influenced by Afrobeat, is excellent but Vicki Igbokwe’s fairytale has problems in toneChoreographer Vicki Igbokwe is best known f…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake review – electrified return to the wild by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIntensity surges from the stage in this dark contortion of the classic ballet, given a mighty injection of new energyIt’s funny that Matthew Bourne’s shows are as…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rambert's new boss: 'It's like a big mansion and I'm going to renovate it' by Lyndsey Winship

Dynamic artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer has grand designs for Britain’s oldest dance company, from diversifying the audience to finding new choreographers“I want this company, Ramb…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

HQ: (I Feel So Mezzaniney) review – follow the warped French maids! by Lyndsey Winship

Second Home, LondonDisaffection trumps dynamism in Steven Warwick and Carlos Maria Romero’s site-responsive piece staged in a co-working spaceThe minimal electro beat ramps up and a gaggle…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Icon review – Antony Gormley's amazing feat of dancing, churning clay by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler s Wells, LondonGöteborgsOperans Danskompani paired the sculptor with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for this thrilling piece exploring how we mould and remould ourselvesSculptor …

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dystopian Dream review – climbing the walls with Nitin Sawhney by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonChoreographers Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang interpret a pained but pretty soundtrack of electro-chill loops The themes of mortality and loss in Nitin Sawhney’s…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Darbar festival review – Akram Khan's spellbinding taster of Indian dance by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCurated by Khan, this celebration of classical Indian music dips into dance forms boasting symmetry, balance and beauty Hands and faces are two sorely underused body …

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Royal Ballet: The Unknown Soldier / Infra / Symphony in C review – bittersweet beauty by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonAlastair Marriott’s evocation of conflict is caught between gracefulness and tragedy while Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine still shine‘He was lying there in…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

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 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs to Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 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, November 14, 2018

Layla and Majnun review – Yo-Yo Ma and Mark Morris's swirling tragedy by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe cellist and choreographer present an ancient Persian love story with striking designs by Howard HodgkinLayla and Majnun fall in love, but when Layla is married of…

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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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