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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Drowntown review – surfing waves of sadness on the seashore by Sarah Crompton

Touring onlineRhiannon Faith’s piece about social deprivation in our seaside towns is gloomy but technically impressive A white space pockmarked with circles of dark dust, like black holes…

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Alexander Whitley: Overflow; Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; touringDancers become cogs in the machine of Whitley’s visually dazzling take on technology, while simplicity speaks volumes in Kay’s extraordinary solo show On…

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

The week in dance: Reunion; 21st-Century Choreographers reviews – a joyous return by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonCue rapturous applause – and backbends – as the stars of ENB and the Royal Ballet storm back to live performance in two bold, future-facing pro…

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rambert: Rooms review – breathtaking quick-change skill by Sarah Crompton

Live streamSeventeen dancers play 100 characters in 1,000 costumes in Jo Strømgren’s teeming, beautifully filmed piece, but to what end? Benoit Swan Pouffer took over the artistic leaders…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The week in dance: Bernstein in a Bubble; The Barre Project (Blake Works II) review – lockdown riches by Sarah Crompton

Available online; live streamAlexei Ratmansky savours every moment in a new work set to Bernstein, while William Forsythe honours the dancer’s relationship with the barre Dance has been ha…

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Dancing Nation review – a powerful reminder of what we're missing by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells/ BBC; available onlineBotis Seva’s BLKDOG, Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire and Shobana Jeyasingh’s Contagion are among the highlights in this top-notch if slightly worthy ce…

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dance: Sarah Crompton's five best dance of 2020 by Sarah Crompton

Our critic chooses her highlights, recalling inventive lockdown venues and the emotional return of the Royal Ballet Film: Mark Kermode’s 10 best of 2020 The Observer critics’ review of …

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

English National Ballet digital season review – a real Christmas bonus by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineFive diversely enjoyable new dance works filmed to watch at home are a testament to artistic director Tamara Rojo’s ambitious guiding principles In her time in charge of En…

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Royal Ballet Live: Within the Golden Hour review – a tonic for the soul by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineEven on a laptop, the Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill is a joy to behold When our everyday lives are so confined, there are few more exhilarating pleasures than watching a…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Lazuli Sky review – Will Tuckett leads a welcome return by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham RepA timely new work by William Tuckett is the compelling centrepiece of a fine new mixed bill from Carlos Acosta’s BRB “Ballet is back,” announced company friend Alan Titch…

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage review – an exuberant return by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonFor the RB’s first performance to a live audience since lockdown, Kevin O’Hare prepared an optimistic, invigorating selection of classics The history of the Roya…

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

The week in dance: Vandekeybus / Rambert, Draw from Within; Hofesh Shechter – review by Sarah Crompton

Wim Vandekeybus lets Rambert loose in a nightmare, while Shechter’s solo piece has a timely sense of constriction The Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus likes to provoke so it’s no su…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Strasbourg 1518: reliving a 16th-century ‘dancing plague’ in lockdown by Sarah Crompton

Inspired by the true story of a summer dance mania in 1518, a haunting new Artangel project directed by Jonathan Glazer films lone performers around the world dancing till they drop In the s…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Richard Alston Dance Company: Final Edition; Swan Lake – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonAlston and company bow out gracefully in the face of budget cuts with a celebratory, intensely moving farewell showRichard Alston has ended where h…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

The week in dance: Isadora Now; 13 Tongues and Dust – review by Sarah Crompton

Barbican; Sadler’s Wells, LondonA magnificent double bill by Taiwan’s radical Cloud Gate Theatre overshadows a hymn to Isadora Duncan that only hints at her freedom and force Someone ask…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The week in dance: The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering; Message in a Bottle – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Peacock theatre, LondonJacqueline du Pré’s life story is translated into a powerfully affecting ballet by Cathy Marston, while Kate Prince defies the odds with a refuge…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Onegin; English National Ballet 70th anniversary gala – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Coliseum, LondonNatalia Osipova leads an unforgettable revival of John Cranko’s take on Pushkin. And English National Ballet’s celebrations bring back happy memories W…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Marianela Nuñez: ‘Ballet isn’t elitist – it’s our responsibility to make people get it’ by Sarah Crompton

The Royal Ballet principal on her changing roles, how she dances through difficult emotions, and being ‘a complete bunhead’ Marianela Nuñez is one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in th…

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Sarah Crompton’s best dance of 2019 by Sarah Crompton

Pam Tanowitz hit home at last, Akram Khan and David Bintley bowed out, and the dance world looked back to Merce Cunningham and Margot Fonteyn This felt like a year that belonged to women. F…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes review – an enchanted evening by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAshley Shaw makes a triumphant return as doomed ballerina Vicky Page in Bourne’s inspired adaptation The Red Shoes was the film that cemented my love for ballet. I …

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Coppélia review – Francesca Hayward captivates by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonHayward gets things off to a flying start as Ninette de Valois’s comic ballet makes an overdue return Dance has a strange relationship with its past. No art form l…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Acosta Danza: Evolution; Dorrance Dance: Myelination and other works – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Cuban star returns with a buoyant showcase of his Havana-based company, while Michelle Dorrance takes tap to another level Both Acosta Danza and Dorrance Dance ar…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hip-hop to haute couture: dance's love affair with fashion by Sarah Crompton

From the ballet performances like 17th century catwalk shows to Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw in a tutu, two exhibitions explore a stylish symbiotic relationship The shy bookseller pl…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Concerto/ Enigma Variations/ Raymonda Act III; Russell Maliphant: Silent Lines – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Royal Ballet is at the top of its game in a new triple bill of MacMillan, Ashton and a pinch of Petipa, while Russell Maliphant creates a mesme…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cross Currents/ Monotones II/ Everyone Keeps Me; Danse Élargie – review by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonPam Tanowitz’s dazzling new piece for the Royal Ballet worked perfectly alongside Ashton and Cunningham. Elsewhere, the best of …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The week in dance: Gisèle Vienne: Crowd; Dada Masilo: Giselle – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonGisèle Vienne creates a mesmeric night of intrigue at a rave, while South African whirlwind Dada Masilo makes a ballet classic her own The women are coming: dark, da…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Manon; Boy Blue: REDD review – five-star performances rise above the fray by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Barbican, LondonThe Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb, and Boy Blue’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, excel in otherwise laboured productions One reason critics …

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Lazarus/Revelations – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA hip-hop tribute to Alvin Ailey dazzles with its thrilling interpretation of African American livesThe shadow of Alvin Ailey has always stood over the company he fou…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote review – makes the heart sing by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Bolshoi’s London residency concludes with more breathtaking old-school brilliance The dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet have packed up their London base and gone h…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet review – the thrilling shock of the new by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBourne and his superb dancers inject visceral new life into Shakespeare’s overworked tragedy You’ve got to hand it to Matthew Bourne, choreographer extraordinaire…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

The week in dance: The Crucible; The Bright Stream – review by Sarah Crompton

Edinburgh Playhouse; Royal Opera House, LondonHelen Pickett’s inspired new reworking of an American classic is a keeper. And the Bolshoi’s comic turns on a collective farm prove irresist…

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