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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme C review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘a spirited mixed bill’ by Rachel Elderkin

The final programme of American Dance Theater’s London run sees a mix of old and new. Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hobson’s Choice review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘joyous, warm-hearted ballet’ by Rachel Elderkin

Created for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1989, Hobson’s Choice was one of David Bintley’s earliest creations. This revival celebrates his final

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘good-humoured, fan-orientated show’ by Rachel Elderkin

Sequins, tassels, flashy routines and a pop soundtrack – all things you’d expect of Strictly Come Dancing and what any fan of

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Monday, June 3, 2019

San Francisco Ballet: Shostakovich Trilogy review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘crisp technique’ by Rachel Elderkin

Though San Francisco Ballet’s formidably neat style is distinctly American, the opening programme in its season at Sadler’s Wells is also scattered

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tao Dance Theater review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘mesmeric physicality’ by Rachel Elderkin

Under the artistic direction of Tao Ye, Tao Dance Theater has created a series of works called the Numerical Series. The intention

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rural Touring Dance Initiative: Contemporary dance heads to the UK’s furthest corners by Rachel Elderkin

Since 2015, the RTDI’s mission has been to bring pioneering dance companies to village halls and community venues from north-east Scotland to

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Yang Liping: Rite of Spring review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘visually striking but lacking in depth’ by Rachel Elderkin

A mound of gold Chinese characters spills out across the stage. A Buddhist monk searches through them, focused intently on his task,

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Aerowaves, Paris: ‘The meeting of minds and artists across borders is dance at its best’ by Rachel Elderkin

A dance platform that creates performance opportunities for emerging choreographers has built its success on bridging divides and developing an international network.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bach6Cellosuiten review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘contemplative pairing of movement and music’ by Rachel Elderkin

Bach’s cello suites are rarely performed together. However, this collaboration, between choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, unites

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Night of 100 Solos review at Barbican Centre, London – ‘playful celebration of Merce Cunningham’s legacy’   by Rachel Elderkin

On the night that would have been Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday, dancers on three stages in London, New York and Los Angeles

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

OneTwoThreeOneTwo review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘tame deconstruction of flamenco’ by Rachel Elderkin

This is not a flamenco piece. On that point, Albert Quesada and Zoltan Vakulya are very clear. But flamenco is present in

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

National Dance Company Wales: Awakening review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘a distinctive triple bill’ by Rachel Elderkin

This is only the second time National Dance Company Wales has performed at the Royal Opera House. This is surprising, given its

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Yorke Dance Project: Twenty review at Theatre Royal Winchester – ‘a heartfelt mixed bill’ by Rachel Elderkin

The work of choreographers Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan is familiar territory for Yorke Dance Project, so it’s fitting that works by

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Little Prince review at DanceEast, Ipswich – ‘imaginative and playful’ by Rachel Elderkin

Protein uses an eclectic combination of storytelling, song and movement to stage The Little Prince, Antonie de Saint-Exupéry’s moving novella of a

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Friday, December 14, 2018

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker review at London Coliseum – ‘fresh and lively’ by Rachel Elderkin

The Nutcracker, with its sense of childhood wonderment, magic at midnight and corps of shimmering snowflakes, is the Christmas staple of the

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Puzzle Creature review at the Place, London – ‘imaginatively designed’ by Rachel Elderkin

The audience are gathered inside an inflatable semi-transparent tent, somewhere between a greenhouse (it’s hot) and an enormous chrysalis. White mesh moulds

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New English Ballet Theatre review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘bright and elegant’ by Rachel Elderkin

New English Ballet Theatre is a relatively young company and while past performances have suggested it is still finding its feet, its

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Scandale review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘lacks coherence’ by Rachel Elderkin

Pierre Rigal’s Scandale poses the question: is music or movement the mother of dance? It’s the kind of question that resists an

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Carmen La Cubana review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘Joyous and raucous, yet filled with drama and danger’ by Rachel Elderkin

The story of Carmen has been reimagined countless times, but Christopher Renshaw’s Carmen La Cubana, which draws its inspiration from both Bizet’s

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Che Malambo review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘masculine swagger’ by Rachel Elderkin

Che Malambo begins with the thunder of drums. Twelve Argentine Malambo dancers make up this all-male company and they advance as one,

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Goldberg Variations review at Barbican Theatre – ‘energetic and enjoyably odd’ by Rachel Elderkin

To the trilling passages of Bach’s Variation No. 1 a dancer vigorously shakes his body, his limbs in ungainly positions. Then the

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Polarity and Proximity review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘power, elegance and virtuosity’ by Rachel Elderkin

George Williamson’s Embrace is the first product of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s commissioning programme for new works, Ballet Now. It makes for a

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘intense emotion’ by Rachel Elderkin

Kenneth MacMillan was a choreographer who truly knew how to express emotion. This was particularly evident in his pas de deux, and

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: Xenos at Sadler’s Wells by Rachel Elderkin

An achingly profound and lasting poignancy: Akram Khan's last solo show is a moving exploration of WWI. The post Review: Xenos at Sadler’s Wells appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Motionhouse: the dance-circus group still digging deep at 30 by Rachel Elderkin

Known for its athletic, high-impact style, Motionhouse gets to grips with the modern world – literally, with dancers moving across buildings and

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘exquisitely crafted’ by Rachel Elderkin

Formosa, the title of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s latest work to premiere in the UK, comes from the name Portuguese sailors first

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Terra Firma review at the Place, London – ‘a strong and diverse triple bill’ by Rachel Elderkin

Terra Firma, the current tour from National Dance Company Wales, features three bold and individually distinctive works, proving that this is one

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Troth review at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – ‘evocative and poignant dance theatre’ by Rachel Elderkin

In the First World War, 60,000 soldiers of undivided India died serving the British Army. Their sacrifice for the British Empire, at

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: 10 by Company Chameleon by Rachel Elderkin

Between comedy and seriousness: the Manchester-based dance company celebrates its tenth birthday. The post Review: 10 by Company Chameleon appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Toro: Beauty and the Bull review at Lilian Baylis Studio, London – ‘sensual and provocative’ by Rachel Elderkin

Fairy lights hang from the ceiling. In the foreground a woman is stretched out, her legs spread-eagled. Behind her, bare chested men

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Windrush: Movement of the People review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘timely new work’ by Rachel Elderkin

Windrush: Movement of the People is the timely new full length work by Phoenix Dance Theatre. Choreographed by artistic director Sharon Watson,

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