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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Black Sabbath: The Ballet review – riveting riffs, endless kisses and flying limbs by Lyndsey Winship

Birmingham HippodromeThree choreographers use inspiringly orchestrated tracks from the city’s heavy metal legends to spring some surprises What on earth does a Black Sabbath ballet look li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:04AM
Wednesday, September 27, 2023

‘I didn’t want to be Bubbly Bonnie Langford for ever’ – the star relives her career highs and lows by Lyndsey Winship

In showbiz since the age of six, and still high-kicking at 59, the screen and stage sensation looks back on her biggest moments – from Cats to Doctor Who to the ‘madness’ of The Masked…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:19AM
Friday, September 22, 2023

English National Ballet: Our Voices review – an apocalyptic maelstrom of movement by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDancers in flight exist in a different realm in an absorbing Les Noces, reimagined as a sequel to The Rite of Spring, in this triple bill from a company really pushin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Tuesday, September 19, 2023

‘Why don’t we know more of her? It’s upsetting’: dance genius Bronislava Nijinska by Lyndsey Winship

Created 100 years ago, Nijinska’s ballet Les Noces is a feminist masterpiece. Andrea Miller, who has choreographed a new version using Stravinsky’s music and art by Phyllida Barlow, hail…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:25PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Johaar Mosaval obituary by Lyndsey Winship

The first dancer of colour to join the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet whose ballet school in Cape Town was closed in the 1970s as he refused to operate under apartheid rulesThe South Africa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33PM
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Northern Ballet: Generations review – Tiler Peck premieres an intricate work of lyrical yearning by Lyndsey Winship

Stanley & Audrey Burton theatre, LeedsIntimate Pages, the newest piece by the US dance star turned choreographer, is the inventive highlight of an adventurous triple bill New York City B…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:49AM
Sunday, August 27, 2023

‘A cultural explosion’: the West Yorkshire chapel that is a wellspring of dance by Lyndsey Winship

Our series on regional dance scenes continues with a visit to Hebden Bridge, where a range of left-field choreographers have put on work Donna Summer’s I Feel Love kicks in and everybody�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:25PM
Friday, August 25, 2023

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky: ‘I don’t want my ballet to be staged in Russia ever again’ by Lyndsey Winship

When the Ukrainian invasion began, the ballet great left a show at the Bolshoi in protest. Here he reconsiders his past ties with Russia and the silence of the cultural elite in the country …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07PM
Thursday, August 24, 2023

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review – extraordinary soul-stirring dance by Lyndsey Winship

Festival theatre, EdinburghThe American company brought Ailey’s legendary Revelations, still hugely powerful after 65 years, alongside modern pieces of precision and fire The thing about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:55AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2023

I’m Muslamic – Don’t Panik review – a warm-hearted, gently political journey by Lyndsey Winship

Assembly @ Dance Base, EdinburghBobak Champion is a storyteller who dances from one character to another in these travels between Bristol and Tehran There is a fragrant scent when you walk i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43PM

Starry Shakespeare, super standups and a Black Sabbath ballet: the best theatre, dance and comedy of autumn 2023 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Patsy Ferran takes on Eliza in Pygmalion, Andrew Scott plays multiple characters from Uncle Vanya and Mlima’s Tale tells a powerful tale of the ivory trade. Here’s what’s in store on s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:55AM
Monday, August 21, 2023

Duet with a doppelganger: Edinburgh fringe dances to a different tune by Lyndsey Winship

The festival’s Dance Base hosts eclectic performances involving a wondrous paper sculpture, an examination of duality and Bach reimagined There are more shows at the fringe than you could …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:04AM
Sunday, August 20, 2023

Mass Effect review – a wild dance towards naked truth by Lyndsey Winship

Summerhall, EdinburghThis life-affirming show from the Danish company Himherandit Productions moves from HIIT class to bacchanale We’re two minutes in and already those of us sitting down …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:43PM

Dances Like a Bomb review – age-old questions of bad elastic, death and hypnosis by gin by Lyndsey Winship

Zoo Southside, EdinburghMikel Murfi and Finola Cronin have laughs, despair and arresting moments of connection in a dance-theatre show about the realities of ageing The flub, that’s what …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:19AM
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Phaedra/Minotaur review – gripping double bill scales the heights of emotion by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghMezzo soprano Christine Rice is compelling in the first half while dancers in the dreamlike second part are a revelation in Deborah Warner’s simply staged show A ter…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Friday, August 18, 2023

Bird review – fear punctuates the fluid dancing in this tale of domestic violence by Lyndsey Winship

Summerhall, EdinburghThe three dancers portray arrestingly clear images of women on high alert, but a potent performance is marred at times by scrappiness and muddy rhythms The choreographer…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49PM

After All review – a goofy whirl of remembrance by Lyndsey Winship

Assembly @ Dance Base, EdinburghMushroom coffins, organic wool shrouds and funeral re-enactments pepper Solène Weinachter’s light touch but poignant show Sinatra, T Rex, pan pipe muzak: w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Australian Ballet: Jewels review – lots of glitter but no gold by Lyndsey Winship

George Balanchine’s choreography is gorgeous to look at, and there are standout individual performances, but it really needs more lush grandeur It’s 35 years since the Australian Ballet …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Thursday, July 27, 2023

Carlos at 50 review – stunning tricks and charisma to burn by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, London Of course Acosta has lost a little bounce after half a century, but the Cuban master still dances with care, specificity and dramatic flair When Carlos Acosta stage…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:55AM
Tuesday, July 18, 2023

‘We will reach everyone in Jersey eventually’: island ballet company’s giant leap by Lyndsey Winship

The Channel island now has a professional ballet outfit, run by Canadian former dancer Carolyn Rose Ramsay. She remembers rehearsals in a potato warehouse and shares ambitious plans ‘I’v…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13AM
Sunday, July 16, 2023

Benji Reid: Find Your Eyes review – powerful, wondrous ways of seeing by Lyndsey Winship

Manchester AcademyThree dancers are photographed by Reid in real time – and the beautiful still moments he extracts from their choreography form into a striking visual narrative before you…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43AM

ROSE review – Sharon Eyal takes thrilling choreo to the club by Lyndsey Winship

New Century Hall, ManchesterLace-clad dancers writhe and prowl across a packed dancefloor, titillating close-up audience members with their supreme confidence and awesome muscular control Fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43AM
Thursday, July 13, 2023

Stomping ground: bursts of brilliance at London’s flamenco festival by Lyndsey Winship

Two shows at Sadler’s Wells reveal the range of influences and restless experimentation that are key to the ever-progressing art form Since the annual flamenco festival was first staged at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:37PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Pleasure and pliés: the ballet bonkbusters handling dance’s hot button issues by Lyndsey Winship

New novels combine romance and raunchy trysts with body politics and an exploration of the industry’s power dynamics Where would you expect to read the latest on the politics of the ballet…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:04AM
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Wayne Sleep at 75: ‘Did Rudolf Nureyev pinch my bum? More than that’ by Lyndsey Winship

He danced with ballet’s legends, partied with Freddie Mercury, and became a household name. As he celebrates his birthday with a gala performance, the 5ft 2in dynamo looks back at an actio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:25PM

Edinburgh festival 2023: 50 shows to see by Brian Logan, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

Cracking comedy, an eclectic mix of theatre – and aerial dance in an ice rink. Our critics share their picks for the August arts extravaganza Rhod Gilbert: Work in Progress Gilded Balloon …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Friday, June 16, 2023

‘A scramble of ideas’: how Glasgow became a hive of experimental performance by Lyndsey Winship

Our series on regional dance scenes continues in the Scottish city where a close-knit group of artists with a DIY spirit have found a willing audience open to cutting-edge work Saturday nigh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM

English National Ballet: Cinderella review – perfectly lovely romance by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Albert Hall, LondonElena Takahashi’s finely tuned grace is framed by visual and design flair in Christopher Wheeldon’s conventional show in-the-round Fairytale ballets are great fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

42nd Street review – frivolous fantasy given punch, precision and panache by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis classic song-and-dancer directed by Jonathan Church has a tight ensemble cast and sunny vibes throughout There’s a seam of bright positivity running through 42…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25PM

‘We had both grown up but didn’t know each other’: a mother and son’s dance reunion by Lyndsey Winship

Latifa Khamessi’s parents prohibited her from dancing. Now, after years apart, she and her son Mohamed Toukabri share the stage for a duet As a teenager in 1970s Tunis, Latifa Khamessi use…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:19AM
Sunday, May 28, 2023

Requiem review – Mozart meets stomping South African movement by Lyndsey Winship

Leeds Grand theatreA double bill from Phoenix Dance Theatre and Opera North contrasts Mozart’s wretched souls with Neo Muyanga’s After Party – two very different ways of dealing with d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM