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Friday, October 20, 2017

Trois Grandes Fugues review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘illuminating’ by Neil Norman

Take three female choreographers and set them the challenge of interpreting the same piece of music in their own fashion. Beethoven’s Die

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hair review at the Vaults, London – ‘energetic but toothless’ by Neil Norman

It is five decades since Hair, the hippy musical, first shook its baubles, bangles and beads. Its claim to be the first

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Yukio Ninagawa’s Macbeth review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘horrific and deeply moving’ by Neil Norman

The death of the great Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa in 2016 robbed the international theatre scene of one its most original and

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Company Wayne McGregor – Autobiography review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘bewitching and bewildering’ by Neil Norman

Wayne’s world is increasingly informed by science. The thinking man’s choreographer, McGregor had his entire genome sequenced by the Genetics Clinic of

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Acosta Danza: Debut review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘a promising start’ by Neil Norman

Only a churl would deny Carlos Acosta the chance to let his hair down. And there is plenty of evidence in his

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Carlos Acosta: ‘People see me as a mirror that reflects themselves’ by Neil Norman

From humble beginnings in Cuba, Carlos Acosta beat extraordinary odds to become one of the world’s greatest classical ballet dancers. As his

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Footloose the Musical review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘well past its dance-by date’ by Neil Norman

This is the production of Footloose where all the cast play instruments on stage. As well as dance and sing. I would

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hofesh Shechter Company: Grand Finale review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘mature and magnificent’ by Neil Norman

One could never accuse Hofesh Shechter of lacking ambition. His latest work is inspired by nothing less than the Apocalypse; it’s the

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Miss Saigon review at Birmingham Hippodrome – ‘an assault on the senses’ by Neil Norman

There is a movie in my mind. I see a jungle enveloped in napalm fire. I see helicopter gunships strafing small villages.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human review at London’s Roundhouse – ‘engaging experiment in human-to-drone interaction’ by Neil Norman

Seven white globes come gliding into the central space of the Roundhouse. Small propellers whirring, they dance in the air of the

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Contrasts review at the Royal Opera House, London – ‘Mariinsky Ballet shows versatility’ by Neil Norman

As a reaction to the conservative choices of the Mariinsky season (including Swan Lake and Don Quixote), this triple bill is positively

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Paco Pena’s Flamencura review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘outstanding’ by Neil Norman

It began as a concept: a flamenco show in search of duende – the elusive, transcendent connection between dancer, musician and spectator.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ENB’s Romeo and Juliet review at Royal Festival Hall – ‘drab and lifeless’ by Neil Norman

Over-choreographed and underwhelming, Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet has always suffered in comparison with versions by MacMillan, Cranko and even Ashton. Created

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Nina review at Young Vic, London – ‘a searing one-woman show’ by Neil Norman

While Josette Bushell-Mingo’s one woman show about Nina Simone may invite comparisons with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, currently at

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Peter Mumford: ‘Lighting dance in the 1970s has influenced everything I’ve done’ by Neil Norman

From fringe shows in London to a musical version of King Kong in Australia, Peter Mumford is at home working on productions

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘playful and exciting’ by Neil Norman

Michelle Dorrance is tapping into technology in this show that made its debut in New York last year. A revolutionary tap choreographer,

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Displacement review at Lilian Baylis Studio, London – ‘lean and hungry’ by Neil Norman

This is lean and hungry work. Part of the Shubbak Festival celebrating contemporary Arab culture, Mithkal Alzghair’s Solo and Trio are two

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Scottish Dance Theatre: Dreamers/TutuMucky review at the Place – ‘controlled fury’ by Neil Norman

Beneath dim and shuddering light figures move in shadow; heavily muscled male torsos unfurl like Rodin sculptures coming to life while music

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Taj Express review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘a colourful tribute’ by Neil Norman

The guitarist calls himself Flash. Which is as good a description of this tribute to the prolific Bollywood composer AR Rahman as

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Scottish Ballet review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘remarkably adventurous’ by Neil Norman

One of Crystal Pite’s greatest virtues is that she knows when to stop. The Canadian choreographer’s Emergence is stuffed with ideas and

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Zippos Circus: Jigit review at Brockwell Park, London – ‘infinite variety’ by Neil Norman

The problem with contemporary circus is that it doesn’t smell. Circus should smell of animals and popcorn and candy floss, hot dogs

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Friday, May 5, 2017

60 dancers, 44 tutus and two washing machines: on the road with Birmingham Royal Ballet by Neil Norman

The logistics of taking a large-scale ballet on tour can be mind-boggling. Key backstage workers and performers from Birmingham Royal Ballet tell

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mayerling review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘the stuff of dreams’ by Neil Norman

Sex, drugs and Franz Liszt, Mayerling has them all. Kenneth MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece is the ultimate antidote for those suffering from a

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Requiem for Aleppo review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘well-intentioned’ by Neil Norman

Now in its sixth year, the civil war in Syria shows little sign of ending. The conflict has created an unprecedented exodus

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sergei Polunin – Project Polunin review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘a tedious triple bill’ by Neil Norman

I would love to say that Sergei Polunin has recovered his mojo. I would love to say that Project Polunin is a

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Echoes / I Imagine review at Lilian Baylis Studio, London – ‘extraordinary versatility’ by Neil Norman

Two solo pieces, one performer. And yet so marked is the difference between the two it is hard to believe they are

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blanca Li Dance Company: Robot review at Barbican, London – ‘charm and whimsy’ by Neil Norman

This might have been subtitled Automata for the People. Made in 2011 and a big hit on the Continent, Blanca Li’s show

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Eva Yerbabuena: Apariencias review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘uncompromising intensity’ by Neil Norman

Eva Yerbabuena is the living embodiment of the phrase “dynamite comes in small packages”. Her compact, formidable form contains enough explosive energy

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Masurca Fogo review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘infused with a sunny sensuality’ by Neil Norman

Masurca Fogo (Fiery Mazurka) might be retitled Sex on the Beach. The myriad cavortings and mischievous couplings on the rocky seashore set

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Neil Norman: It’s time the dance world gave us all a good laugh by Neil Norman

Where are all our comedy ballets? The operatic tradition – opera buffa – is festooned with amusing works from Rossini to Offenbach.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

German Cornejo’s Tango Fire review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘still smoulders’ by Neil Norman

There is nothing coy about tango. A stranger to political correctness it derives from an era (and place) where men were men

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