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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ashton Celebrated review – Royal Ballet turns traditional into timeless by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonFrederick Ashton’s musicality, footwork and storytelling are showcased in a programme of gracefully danced favourites When you watch the ballets of Frederick Ashto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Sarasota Ballet review – a delightful tribute to Frederick Ashton by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonAs part of the Royal Ballet’s season devoted to the British choreographer, the Florida company brings three of his works to radiant, graceful life…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Sunday, June 2, 2024

an Accident/a life; Northern Ballet: Romeo & Juliet review – a triumph of the spirit by Sarah Crompton

Norwich Theatre Royal; Sadler’s Well, London Marc Brew’s recreation, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, of the crash that left him paraplegic is an exhilarating riposte to fate. And …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Sunday, May 26, 2024

Compagnie Maguy Marin: May B review – an absurdly beautiful dance translation of Samuel Beckett by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe French choreographer’s 1981 interpretation of the playwright’s world rewards patience with its magic and precision A silent dance based on the writings of Sam…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02AM
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Rambert: Analogue review – close encounters on the dancefloor by Sarah Crompton

Stone Nest, LondonJill Johnson’s intricate new piece puts the audience in the midst of an exploration of interaction and connection There’s something magical about watching dance at a di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Sunday, May 12, 2024

The Winter’s Tale review – Royal Ballet’s powerful war of the worlds by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonChristopher Wheeldon strips Shakespeare’s play of distractions in this boldly choreographed, nuanced masterpiece Ten years ago, when Christopher Wheeldon created T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Boy Blue: Cycles review – a constantly shifting hip-hop high by Sarah Crompton

Barbican theatre, LondonThe company’s exploration of the act of dancing ebbs and flows loose-limbed precision – and some astonishing pyrotechnics It will soon be 50 years since hip-hop e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, April 21, 2024

Hofesh Shechter: From England With Love; International Draft Work – review by Sarah Crompton

Queen Elizabeth Hall; Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonShechter’s young dancers thrill in his hellish vision of England. Elsewhere, emerging choreographers from Brno to Birmingham…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Elixir festival review – older dancers pushing against the void by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe revered Malou Airaudo and Germaine Acogny kick off this year’s celebration of creative ageing, in a triple bill shared by Louise Lecavalier and Ben Duke Malou A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

Swan Lake; Danses Concertantes/Different Drummer/Requiem – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Ballet’s long-running and rather cumbersome Swan Lake is elevated by the dancers’ artistry, while a fine Kenneth MacMillan triple bill deserves more pe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, March 31, 2024

Carmen; California Connections review – sharp moves by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonJohan Inger’s cool take on Bizet’s tragic heroine is given its UK premiere by English National Ballet, while LA’s Yorke Danc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Sunday, March 24, 2024

Isabelle Huppert: ‘I was never the woman behind the man… the only place I could take was the main place’ by Sarah Crompton

As brings to London a 90-minute monologue about Mary, Queen of Scots, the celebrated French actor talks about her extraordinary career, and why she’d love to make a film in the UK – or p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM

Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young/Kidd Pivot: Assembly Hall review – making the mundane astonishing by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonPite and Young turn a meeting of re-enactors into a truly incredible medieval fantasy with a troupe of brilliant dancers The collaboration between choreographer Cryst…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, March 17, 2024

The week in dance: Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography (v95 and v96); New York City Ballet – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWayne McGregor’s DNA-themed work is an evolving delight. And back in the UK for the first time since 2008, the New Yorkers exude classy athleticism in works by Bala…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Far from the Norm: Until We Sleep; Ballet National de Marseille & La(Horde): Roommates – review by Sarah Crompton

Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome; Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonBotis Seva’s new show is so murkily atmospheric that its meaning proves elusive. Elsewhere, a compelling if mixed programme of sho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, March 3, 2024

Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty; Dimitris Papaioannou: Ink – review by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham Hippodrome; Sadler’s Wells, LondonCarlos Acosta’s BRB revels in an expansive revival of Peter Wright’s 80s classic, while the Greek choreographer’s sensational-looking Ink…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
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

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