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Friday, February 14, 2020

Acosta Danza: Up Close review – Carlos and co get intimate by Lyndsey Winship

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, London The proximity to the action in this show highlights the finesse and strength of the Havana troupe Only a few months since Acosta Danza were last in…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bluebeard review – Pina Bausch's punishing portrait of marital misery by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonSet to Bartók’s opera, the bloody myth becomes a bleak battle of the sexes where we can never quite tell right from wrong Pina Bausch was of the “hell is other p…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

'I’m up for big crazy ideas!' Carlos Acosta's plans for Birmingham Royal Ballet by Lyndsey Winship

New artistic director aims to attract younger audiences and promises more than 20,000 tickets for £20 or less as company reveals 2020 programme Carlos Acosta has pledged to transform Birmin…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Mám review – spellbinding gathering of music and memories by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMichael Keegan-Dolan’s new dance work is steeped in the landscape and culture of the Dingle Peninsula It starts out like a sinister cult: the mask of a black ram, a…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Black Waters: the dance exposing Britain's colonial horror by Lyndsey Winship

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s show looks back to the Zong slave ship massacre and the Kālā Pānī prison torture. Three choreographers explain how they created it together How many people does…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

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

From The Lighthouse to The Haystack, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From The Personal History of David Copperfield to Madonna, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Aisha and Abhaya review – modern fairytale driven by dark techno by Lyndsey Winship

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonThis experiment by film-maker Kibwe Tavares and choreographer Sharon Eyal brims with talent but is frustrating Two young women in heavy robes and el…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Raven review – roll up, roll up to the circus of modern parenting by Lyndsey Winship

Jacksons Lane, LondonIn this acrobatic theatre show, the Berlin circus trio Still Hungry juggle roles and wrestle with all the anxieties and expectations that come with child-rearing A disc…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Movin' on up: five dazzling dancers to watch by Lyndsey Winship

From the soulful Jemima Brown to BBC Young Dancer champ Nafisah Baba, these dynamos have a stellar year ahead This Northern Irish dancer starts the year nominated for two Critics Circle danc…

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Onegin review – Natalia Osipova thrills with ecstatic, lovestruck obsession by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Russian ballerina is exhilarating to watch in John Cranko’s 1965 take on Pushkin’s novel, partnered by Reece Clarke in the title role There are few dancers w…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Waves to Beat Horizon, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia review – sometimes bigger really is better by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe Canadian company’s colourful Mexican-flavoured show is full of heart-stopping skill, dreamy lyricism and visual whimsy Many contemporary circus groups sell the…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rooman review – kangaroo love in dreamlike oddball tale by Lyndsey Winship

The Pit, LondonFleur Elise Noble’s fantasy show at the London international mime festival is highly original and unsettling The London international mime festival (43 years old and stronge…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

This Time review – a trapeze show light in touch but deep in meaning by Lyndsey Winship

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonAerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor deftly and poignantly explore age and innocence There is a wonderful warmth in the work of aerial theatre company Ockham…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

'Dance is not a museum': how ballet is reimagining problematic classics by Lyndsey Winship

Historical ballets are rife with offensive colonial politics but choreographers and dancers are finding creative ways to change them for today’s audiences A 19th-century worldview informs …

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English National Ballet: Le Corsaire review – firecracker dancing by Lyndsey Winship

Coliseum, LondonWhile its story of slavery and exotica is dubious, ENB’s virtuoso dancers sparkle as much as the fake jewels Perhaps because ballet as an art form is so unreal, it’s eas…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Stop mewling! Cats is no turkey, say our dance and theatre critics by Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

Film reviewers sank their claws into Cats, but is it really so awful? Our stage reviewers steeled themselves for the caterwauling ... but ended up quite enjoying it It can be very pleasurab…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020 by Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

Tom Stoppard gets personal, Cush Jumbo does Hamlet, Hollywood names bring everything from tragedy to comedy … plus dance confronts shame and there’s standup open heart surgery Continue r…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Singalong or keep stumm … what's the etiquette for musicals? by Lyndsey Winship

As karaoke versions of musicals take off, we chat to punters at two West End shows – strictly during the interval, of course – to gauge opinion on audience participation ‘It’ll have …

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

From Jojo Rabbit to Craig David, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Circus 1903 review – Christmas offering oozes old-school charm by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Festival Hall, London In a culture of special effects, it is the moments of connection, creativity and wonder that matter Circus 1903 – in pictures Playing its second year as an alte…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Top 10 dance shows of 2019 by Lyndsey Winship and Sanjoy Roy

A snogtastic Romeo and Juliet from Matthew Bourne and an international dance-a-thon celebrating Merce Cunningham join a mixed troupe of winners More on the best culture of 2019 Continue read…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Radio & Juliet / Faun / MсGregor + Mugler review – Radiohead, gangs and OTT dazzle by Lyndsey Winship

London ColiseumEdward Clug strips back Shakespeare, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui riffs on Nijinsky and Wayne McGregor teams up with Manfred Thierry Mugler in this rich Russian triple bill What do y…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Svetlana Zakharova review – Bolshoi ballerina cuts chic shapes as Chanel by Lyndsey Winship

Coliseum, LondonA stylish riff on Coco Chanel’s place in ballet history and a regal mocking of Handel make a double bill where style outshines insight The indomitable Boshoi ballerina Svet…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Royal Ballet: Coppélia review – hello, dolly! by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonFrancesca Hayward sparkles in this twee revival, a luminous presence in an inconsequential story about a lifesize doll There are ballets of magical otherworldliness,…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Alston at Home review – master of dance creates a world of grace by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonOn their final tour, Richard Alston Dance Company take it back to where it all began with a moving survey of their 25-year history It is a season of farewells for the Richar…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Balletboyz's Romeo and Juliet film takes star-cross'd lovers to the street by Lyndsey Winship

Shot on location with lashings of fighting and flirting, Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words is a vibrant, up-close take on one of the Royal Ballet’s best-loved gems It’s been an ongoing quan…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

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

From Frozen II to Anselm Kiefer, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days (Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, 2019, US) 103 mins Continue…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Blackface and Fu Manchu moustaches: does ballet have a race problem? by Lyndsey Winship

From the Chinese scene in Nutcracker to the Moor in Petrushka, are some ballets now offensively outdated? We ask big names in dance if they should be preserved, changed – or binned It’s …

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Acosta Danza review – Cuba moves in a new direction by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCarlos Acosta’s Havana-based troupe makes no wrong steps in charming, evocative and sharply technical mixed bill It’s only three years since Cuban ballet star Car…

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