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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From the Chinese scene in Nutcracker to the Moor in Petrushka, are some ballets now offensively outdated?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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Friday, November 15, 2019

Dorrance Dance review – tip-top tap gets into the groove by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMichelle Dorrance’s superb pieces range from rubber-legged slapstick to brilliantly musical moves Michelle Dorrance may be a dancer, but musicianship is the bedrock…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Emanuel Gat: Works review – moving, mysterious dance is a delight by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonRelationships between the Israeli choreographer’s idiosyncratic dancers play out on stage in a surreal and touching show There’s a man in a dress, another wearing…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Ballet Cymru review – fuelled by sheer positivity by Lyndsey Winship

Lilian Baylis Studio, LondonIt’s hard not to warm to this bright Welsh company, but some of the more experimental works were confused in design and execution It takes a lot of grit and plu…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Sleeping Beauty review – the Royal Ballet take your breath away by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonYasmine Naghdi conquers physics in a fairytale production with intricate and intense performances What is the appeal to adults of an old-fashioned fairytale? This on…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Northern Ballet review – dancing with dreams and facing fear by Lyndsey Winship

Linbury theatre, LondonWorks by Kenneth Tindall, Mlindi Kulashe and Morgann Runacre-Temple give these dancers a chance to get their bodies around abstraction Trends for favoured composers i…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Rambert2 review – exciting and fearless fresh-faced dancing by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA group of young prestige dancers from all over the world throw themselves utterly into a uneven triple bill The deal with Rambert’s sister company, Rambert2, is th…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Birmingham Royal Ballet review – noirish style and tragic love by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonGuests Ballet Black steal the show with Cathy Marston’s masterful The Suit, while newcomer Jack Lister offers little substance but plenty of style In an unusually b…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Teneisha Bonner obituary by Lyndsey Winship

Athletic star dancer who dazzled as Spinderella in the hit West End show Into the Hoods In the sometimes macho world of hip-hop dance, a form that demands explosive power and immense strengt…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Georgia Vardarou: a dance-maker creating room for thought by Lyndsey Winship

The vision of this Greek choreographer – tipped as a major talent of the future at London’s Dance Umbrella festival – is ‘beautifully different’ To write about contemporary dance i…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Royal Ballet mixed bill review – a trio of 60s flashbacks by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonLauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke’s masterclass in clarity is the highlight in a night of Macmillan, Ashton and Petipa It’s a seemingly random selection that m…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Silent Lines review – cosmic ninjas in Maliphant's Milky Way by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonLighting patterns sweep across Russell Maliphant’s dancers, who move with seamless fluidity You won’t find steps in Russell Maliphant’s choreography, so much as…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oona Doherty review – a swaggering, graceful ode to working-class men by Lyndsey Winship

The Yard, LondonIn Hope Hunt and the Ascension Into Lazarus, the Northern Irish dancer embodies a group rarely explored in dance A car revs up outside the theatre and Oona Doherty tumbles ou…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Ten minutes to face the apocalypse! A dance-off for dark times by Lyndsey Winship

The finalists of Boris Charmatz’s Danse Élargie competition squared up to today’s doom and gloom There are questions about the validity of scoring art (hey, some of us have made a livin…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Fabula Collective review – beautiful yearning bodies inspire belief by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonConvincing struggles to find solace, choreographed by ex-Wayne McGregor dancers, are enhanced by spectacular lighting The new British-Japanese Fabula Collective arriv…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

'We need to normalise sexual desire': can a rope bondage show empower women? by Lyndsey Winship

Everything I See I Swallow raises challenging questions about how we bring up girls. The women behind a new shibari show speak out A young woman is strung up above the stage, a delicate latt…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

'It shows human resilience': the 8,000-year history of a patch of land by Lyndsey Winship

From ancient mysteries to moments of joy, one place tells many stories over time. The creators of While You Are Here reveal how they made physical drama by staying put It seems like a ridicu…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Joseph Toonga: 'The police didn't believe I was a dancer' by Lyndsey Winship

The suspicion and stereotypes encountered by young black men are explored in the hip-hop star’s latest show, Born to Manifest, performed with Theo Oloyade One night when Joseph Toonga was …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ballet Preljocaj: La Fresque review – mesmerising dreams and fab hairdos by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIt struggles to make an emotional connection, but this gorgeous-looking, pulsing tale of love is sprinkled with magic When your love interest is basically a mirage, i…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Giselle review – gentle touch ignites passion by Lyndsey Winship

Birmingham HippodromeThis beautifully danced production captures the innocence, betrayal and supernatural spirits of the story’s early sources There’s a spate of Giselles about at the mo…

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'Western society has little space for ecstasy': back to Berlin's 90s club scene by Lyndsey Winship

Feted for her macabre and freaky stage shows, Gisèle Vienne has created a time-bending piece of ‘physical philosophy’ inspired by her clubbing days When Gisèle Vienne was growing up in…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Yeah baby he's got it! Bananarama, Pontins and the brutally funny dance-off by Lyndsey Winship

In 1987, Dan Watson’s dance routine failed to nab first prize from a panel of pesky bluecoats. He revisits this haunting childhood experience in his new comedy show, Venus Good art often c…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Stark and naked: the striking duet where one dancer is nude by Lyndsey Winship

In Lucy Guerin’s show Split, two performers – one clothed, one not – slowly trap themselves into a corner The first thing you notice about Lucy Guerin’s award-winning duet, Split, is…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Crystal Pite: the dance genius who stages the impossible by Lyndsey Winship

Betroffenheit, our best dance show of the 21st century, takes the breath away – and reveals the Canadian trailblazer’s superb craft Best dance shows of the 21st century Crystal Pite and …

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Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

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