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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Nutcracker review – the Royal Ballet’s winter warmer by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonThis sumptuously designed production is a treat if you don’t dwell on the dramatic flaws and just enjoy the magical music and performances The Nutcracker ballet is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Ruination review – you’ll laugh and cry at this ‘Christmas show’ Medea by Lyndsey Winship

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonBen Duke brings fresh life to the classics again with deft movement between tragedy and comedy Is entering the afterlife like being stuck in a telep…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Friday, November 25, 2022

What’s the least Christmassy thing I can think of? Ben Duke’s Ruination by Lyndsey Winship

Lost Dog has a reputation for taking sideways looks at classic tales and taking them into unlikely spaces, but might an interrogation of the murderous Medea in the bowels of the Royal Opera …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Emilyn Claid review – sexy, funny fantasies dipped in clay by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonThe dancer returns to the stage with an eclectic piece that complements cool posturing with honest personality A 72-year-old with close-cropped silver hair, tattoos and a le…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration review – pick ’n’ mix gala with some sparkles by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonA grab-bag of nine pieces, from Wheeldon to Tanowitz, make up a celebratory programme delivered with customary aplomb by the Royal’s dancers This gala night was …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Julie Cunningham & Company review – holding the moment by Lyndsey Winship

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, LondonIn this double bill, a queer response to Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, the dancing is direct, controlled and compelling Jules Cunningham is best k…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

English National Ballet: Ek/Forsythe/Quagebeur review – masters at work by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMats Ek’s Rite of Spring is a pared back but powerful take on Stravinsky’s mighty score and William Forsythe’s Blake Works 1 is intensely watchable It’s 109 y…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Precious Adams on balancing ballet and computer science: ‘you don’t want to be 45 with zero credentials’ by Lyndsey Winship

The English National Ballet soloist on the pandemic, director Tamara Rojo’s departure, the magic of one’s own big toe – and her university degree Precious Adams likens being a dancer t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Monday, November 7, 2022

Mikhail Baryshnikov: ‘The thought of going back to that Brezhnev swamp was impossible’ by Lyndsey Winship

The illustrious ballet dancer on natural insecurity, his defection from the USSR to Canada – and how his body feels these days Mikhail Baryshnikov, 74, is the finest ballet dancer of his g…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

‘We train as athletes, but we dance as artists’: the UK breakdancers chasing Olympic gold by Lyndsey Winship

As breaking features in the Olympics for the first time in 2024, the UK’s thriving community are looking forward to putting the sporting world into a headspin ‘People don’t understand …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Into the Music review – an allegro trio by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonFrom dancers partnering with projections and CCTV-style surveillance to an engrossing piece inspired by Edvard Munch, Carlos Acosta’s company is continuing to carve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Northern Ballet: Made in Leeds review – faith, community and hip-hop Casanova by Lyndsey Winship

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonChoreographers Mthuthuzeli November, Stina Quagebeur and Dickson Mbi jolt ballet’s habitual moves with this fresh and convincing triple bill It’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Jasmin Vardimon: Alice review – a fairytale that never quite goes through the looking-glass by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA krumping Cheshire cat enlivens this well-danced adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s coming-of-age story, but Alice’s deeper life remains unexplored Lewis Carroll’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

‘They want to dream a little longer’: the deep appeal of mermaids by Lyndsey Winship

Wherever you look – in cinemas, theatres, sculpture or down at your local lido – these magical creatures are bewitching an ever growing audience On a sunny Thursday in June, Tinside Lido…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:37PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Oona Doherty: Navy Blue review – jagged ode to the cruelty of life by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, London As the choreographer’s voiceover wittily questions the pointlessness of shared effort, a group of dancers channel dread into intense motion “Costume: €3,000, p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49AM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Chiara Bersani: Seeking Unicorns review – moments of mythical presence by Lyndsey Winship

National Gallery, London With delicate movements and precise details, the Italian performance artist evokes a magical creature against a backdrop of fantastical art Chiara Bersani has declar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:07AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Light of Passage review – mesmerising moves from Crystal Pite by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonWith shimmering music and a signature use of massed bodies, Pite transforms her acclaimed Flight Pattern into a full-length work When Canadian choreographer Crystal …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

Dickson Mbi: Enowate review – a solo search for truth by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMbi makes a transformative journey from east London, where he grew up, to his ancestral home in Cameroon Dickson Mbi is known as a dancer of power, grace, finesse and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
Friday, October 14, 2022

nora chipaumire: ShebeenDUB review – a sonic boom to your solar plexus by Lyndsey Winship

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, LondonGig, club night and stage show meld into one in this pulsating evening of dub music and dance Calling all dub fans, bassheads, anyone with a Trojan Records CD…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Dance Umbrella: Change Tempo review – a trio of bewitching solos by Lyndsey Winship

Brixton House, LondonJoy Alpuerto Ritter rethinks Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance and Calixto Neto explores objectification alongside compelling ‘shifting pop’ from Linda Hayford A glitter-c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Spice Girl Melanie C to dance at Sadler’s Wells by Lyndsey Winship

The former Sporty Spice will open the theatre’s spring season in a contemporary dance collaboration with experimental choreographer Jules Cunningham Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm is set to t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Cherish Menzo: Jezebel review – a dance deconstruction of MTV misogyny by Lyndsey Winship

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThe Dutch dance artist brings a steely fearlessness to her piece about the hypersexualised depiction of black women in late 90s and early 00s hip-hop videos The …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

The Centre for the Less Good Idea: To What End review – sketches from South Africa by Lyndsey Winship

Barbican, LondonThere are good ideas in this collection of pieces from William Kentridge’s experimental performance studio but they lack depth and development South African artist William …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:37AM

Oona Doherty: ‘I wasn’t the best dancer in the class. My ego couldn’t handle it’ by Lyndsey Winship

Kicked out of conservatoire during her hard-partying years, Doherty has gone on to become one of the most exciting choreographers of her generation. Now she’s teaming up with Jamie xx for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:37AM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

‘Don’t worry, just watch’: how do you tell a story through dance? by Lyndsey Winship

Even the best-known ballets can baffle newcomers so what can choreographers do to avoid audiences getting lost? From Matthew Bourne’s fairytales to staging Margaret Atwood and Peaky Blinde…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM

Born to Exist review – a celebration of women and the power of krump by Lyndsey Winship

Oxford PlayhouseThe third work in Joseph Toonga’s trilogy presents moments of fevered action and powerful stillness in an eye-opening political performance ‘Why can’t you see me?!” c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Scottish Dance Theatre: Ray review – joyful post-Covid communion by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonThe lights stay up and the audience is very much included in this warm, understated meditation on community restored I’m welcomed in with a warm hello and the offer of a c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:13AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby review – Rambert’s dancers descend into opium-fuelled despair by Lyndsey Winship

Birmingham HippodromeBenoit Swan Pouffer’s swaggering dancers fly, fling and slide across the stage in this energetic, menacing prequel-style show Have we reached peak Peaky fever? Hot on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:55AM
Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Royal Ballet: Doncaster Dances review – glittering gala showcases dazzling array of talent by Lyndsey Winship

Cast, DoncasterA rare excursion to the north sees the Royal Ballet in full peacock mode with a collection of classical and contemporary works displaying the huge span of a true 21st-century …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:25AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo review – arabesques, pratfalls and a swan on wheels by Lyndsey Winship

Peacock theatre, LondonMixing technical skill with slapstick hilarity, the Trocks are as engaging as ever in this symphony of perfectly timed mistakes In the past few years there has been an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:19PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Goldberg Variations review – De Keersmaeker’s strange and sober journey into Bach by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Belgian choreographer’s interpretation of the great keyboard work is a rich, carefully crafted essay Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker is not someone you expect to see…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:49PM

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