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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Manon review – Kenneth MacMillan’s 50-year-old masterpiece still bewitches by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Ballet revisits the choreographer’s timeless rags-to-riches work, putting assorted casts through its finely tuned emotional wringer In 2011, at the age o…

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

The week in dance: Nelken; Dark With Excessive Bright; São Paulo Dance Company – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonA revival of Pina Bausch’s 1982 work is still finding its feet. Plus, full immersion with the Royal Ballet and a rich addition t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

Metamorphoses/Minotaur; La Strada review – Alina Cojocaru dances with her entire heart and soul by Sarah Crompton

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath; Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe seemingly invincible ex-Royal Ballet star is transfixing in a new work by Kim Brandstrup, and elevates a tricky Fellini adapta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Sunday, January 28, 2024

Resolution 2024 review – naked emotion, mermaids and hermit crabs by Sarah Crompton

The Place, LondonNicola Adilman’s breathtaking exploration of what it is to be seen was the standout in a strong triple bill at the annual festival of new choreography The annual Resolutio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM

The RSC’s new power duo: ‘It’s a mammoth job. That’s why we want to do it shoulder to shoulder’ by Sarah Crompton

Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans, the company’s new co-artistic directors, on work-life balance, their first season in charge – and what they’ll do when they disagree. Plus, below, six t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Sunday, January 21, 2024

Giselle; Les Noces: The Departure review – the shock of the old by Sarah Crompton

Coliseum; Woolwich Works, LondonEnglish National Ballet dance Mary Skeaping’s 70s reworking of the classic ballet with loving care, while Stravinsky’s revolutionary Les Noces holds its o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Monday, December 25, 2023

Dance: Sarah Crompton’s five best shows of 2023 by Sarah Crompton

Tiler Peck breezed in, Carmen Herrera bowed out, Benji Reid made a striking return and Pam Tanowitz entranced Read the Observer critics’ review of 2023 in full 1. Song of SongsBarbican, L…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Sunday, December 24, 2023

The Nutcracker review – English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet’s annual festive face-off by Sarah Crompton

Coliseum; Royal Opera House, LondonThe two companies variously capture the Christmas classic’s glittering pleasures – and its narrative strangeness The Nutcracker is ballet’s pantomime…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Sunday, December 17, 2023

Edward Scissorhands review – Matthew Bourne’s tender hymn to difference and acceptance by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBourne’s sharp, tender dance production of the boy with scissor hands – a symbol for outsiders everywhere – feels more vital than ever Christmas wouldn’t be C…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Lunar Halo review – a new, darker aesthetic by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe mismatch between humanity and technology fuels Cheng Tsung-lung’s intriguing 2019 work, to a soundtrack by Sigur Rós It’s a hard thing to take over a company…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

Tambourines review – another reason to love Trajal Harrell by Sarah Crompton

Pompidou Centre, ParisInspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the celebrated US choreographer feels her pain in his new work Falling in love with a choreographer is a bit li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, November 26, 2023

The week in dance: The Dante Project; Lay Down Your Burdens – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Barbican Pit, LondonEverything comes together in an exhilarating Royal Ballet revival of The Dante Project, while Rhiannon Faith’s new work is all about sharing… The p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Actor Mei Mac: ‘I gave a piece of my soul to My Neighbour Totoro’ by Sarah Crompton

The star of the hit ​RSC production on playing a four-year-old, her love of the sea and why Ghibli storytelling changes how you view the world Actor Mei Mac was born in Birmingham in 1992,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM

Nutcracker review – a radically reimagined warm embrace of a show by Sarah Crompton

Tuff Nutt Jazz Club, Royal Festival Hall, LondonStarring Action Man and a boy called Clive, Drew McOnie’s immersive cabaret version of the festive ballet is up there with reinventions by M…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

BalletBoyz: England on Fire; Rambert: Death Trap review – to Albion and the underworld by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; Theatre Royal, BathFolklore meets punk spirit in BalletBoyz’s ambitious state-of-the-nation work, while Rambert relish the remarkable imagination of Ben Duke For …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Sunday, November 5, 2023

Northern Ballet: Generations; Maud Le Pladec: Twenty-Seven Perspectives – review by Sarah Crompton

Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonNorthern Ballet’s triple bill demonstrates the vital link between live music and action. Plus, the UK premiere of a new spin on S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Sunday, October 29, 2023

The Cellist; The Limit review – a tale of two Royal Ballet dramas by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonLauren Cuthbertson and Marcelino Sambé reprise their roles to glorious effect in Cathy Marston’s inspired paean to Jacqueline du Pré, while an adaptation of Sam …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:55AM
Sunday, October 22, 2023

Free Your Mind review – The Matrix triumphantly reloaded by Danny Boyle and co by Sarah Crompton

Aviva Studios, ManchesterThis breathtaking dance adaptation by Boyle, Boy Blue’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, designer Es Devlin and writer Sabrina Mahfouz ful…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Sunday, October 15, 2023

Song of Songs review – a wondrous tribute to Jewish dance heritage by Sarah Crompton

Barbican theatre, LondonPam Tanowitz’s heartfelt work, inspired by her late father, is delicate, mystical and timeless Song of Songs is a thing of beauty. It’s a work of profound connect…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM

Playwright Alexander Zeldin: ‘Lots of people can make a living being an artist in France. In the UK, that’s not the case’ by Sarah Crompton

The Paris-based British playwright, back at the National Theatre with The Confessions, inspired by conversations with his mother, talks about the secrets she revealed and the heroism of unex…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM
Sunday, October 8, 2023

Don Quixote review – Nuñez and Muntagirov deliver a sensational shock of sunshine by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Ballet principals light up the stage in Carlos Acosta’s charmingly comic staging of an often nonsensical, but enduring, classic My sister-in-law is not a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:49AM
Sunday, October 1, 2023

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Black Sabbath – The Ballet; English National Ballet: Our Voices – review by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham Hippodrome; Sadler’s Wells, London The fathers of heavy metal have gained at least one new fan thanks to an inspired new Carlos Acosta commission. And the music’s the star in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
Sunday, September 17, 2023

Dancing City; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – review by Sarah Crompton

Greenwich+Docklands international festival; Sadler’s Wells, LondonA change of clothes proves transformative in Canary Wharf’s al fresco dance fest, while Alvin Ailey’s season ends as i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Mixed Bill review – community-spirited joy by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe pioneering company’s warmth and athletic grace is showcased in a selection of old and new work There’s something generous about Alvin Ailey American Dance The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:19AM
Sunday, August 27, 2023

Edinburgh festival dance: After All; Dances Like a Bomb; The Rite of Spring – review by Sarah Crompton

Dance Base; Zoo Southside; Playhouse, EdinburghSolène Weinachter’s funeral guest is a triumph of sound and vision. Elsewhere, a tragicomic study of ageing, and a thrilling Rite of Spring …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:13AM
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet review – more compelling than ever by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonSet in an asylum, the choreographer’s bleak yet passionate adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic romance triumphs in a newly honed revival The choreographer Matthew …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
Sunday, July 30, 2023

Venice Dance Biennale: Pontus Lidberg: On the Nature of Rabbits; Andrea Salustri: Materia – review by Sarah Crompton

Teatro alle Tese; Tese dei Soppalchi, Venice Rabbits pop up again in Lidberg’s nightmarish new meditation on desire, while Salustri does extraordinary things with polystyrene… What is i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Sunday, July 23, 2023

Venice Dance Biennale: Simone Forti; Rachid Ouramdane: Variation(s) – review by Sarah Crompton

Sala d’Armi A; Tese dei Soppalchi, VeniceThis year’s Wayne McGregor-curated biennale pays tribute to Forti’s revolutionary work. Plus, a gorgeous double take from the French choreograp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
Sunday, July 16, 2023

Carlos Acosta: ‘At 50, I have to dance in a way that I can still walk off, and not call an ambulance’ by Sarah Crompton

The Cuban star on returning to the Royal Opera House stage, commissioning a heavy metal ballet and diversity in the arts Carlos Acosta was one of the greatest classical dancers of the modern…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:25AM
Friday, July 14, 2023

Manchester international festival: Benji Reid: Find Your Eyes; Tino Sehgal: This Entry – review by Sarah Crompton

Manchester Academy; Whitworth Art Gallery, ManchesterA belief in the transformative power of art unites Reid’s sensational autobiographical work and Sehgal’s meditation on the grace of f…

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Sunday, July 9, 2023

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras: Alma review – mesmerising power and fluency by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Spanish star kicks off London’s annual Flamenco festival with a dazzling bolero-infused tribute to her late father The opening section of Sara Baras’s new wor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards