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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Shades of Blue/ Warrior Queens review – compelling and contemporary by Sarah Crompton

Sadlers’s Wells, LondonFear and intimidation play out in the Matsena brothers’ raw, impassioned new work, while Julia Cheng’s female warriors strike a pose Julia Cheng’s choreography…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Dan Daw Show: review – consent, kink and pushing comfort zones by Sarah Crompton

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonDan Daw explores bodies, power and submission in a show that is intense, tender and comes complete with trigger warning… I was feeling quite calm about seeing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Daniel Fish on his dark new Oklahoma!: ‘We’re trying to deal with violence, injustice, and community’ by Sarah Crompton

The New York theatre director and actors Arthur Darvill, Anoushka Lucas and Patrick Vaill talk to Sarah Crompton about turning the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic into the most challenging v…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:18AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Scènes de ballet/ A Month in the Country/ Rhapsody review – an outstanding Ashton triple bill by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonIn a showcase of works from across their founding choreographer’s career, the Royal Ballet prove their mastery of his technical and dramatic complexity Mikhail Bar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

BalletBoyz: Deluxe review – it’s impossible to look away by Sarah Crompton

Richmond theatre, London; and touringXie Xin and Maxine Doyle call the shots in a double bill of great flow and swagger One quality that has sustained BalletBoyz, the company founded by the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

Mystery Sonatas/for Rosa review – an enigmatic endurance test by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAnne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s tribute to five inspirational Rosas captivates – until it outstays its welcome Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is not a choreographer who …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

The Forsythe Evening; Traplord review – a sugar rush and a bitter bill by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; 180 Studios, LondonWilliam Forsythe delivers a dazzling fusion of classical ballet and pop, Ivan Michael Blackstock a bold examination of black masculinity Dance takes man…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:37AM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Jackie Sibblies Drury on race, creativity and the legacy of Mary Seacole by Sarah Crompton

The new play by the Pulitzer-winning writer of Fairview links the story of the pioneering Jamaican nurse in Crimea to female carers across history Seeing Fairview at the Young Vic in London …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM

Black Ballet; Royal Ballet review – a mixed bag and beauty in motion by Sarah Crompton

Barbican; Royal Opera House, LondonThe dancers shone in a double bill to mark 20 years of Casso Pancho’s company, while at Covent Garden Kyle Abraham’s new work was suffused with longing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Boris Charmatz: Somnole and Infini review – thoughtful and compelling by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDance Reflections festival continued, with offerings from foggy to soporific – but darling of radical dance Boris Charmatz did not disappoint You need a lot of pati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, March 20, 2022

Rambert: Set and Reset; Katerina Andreou: BSTRD; Christian Rizzo: une maison – review by Sarah Crompton

Tate Modern; Sadler’s Wells, LondonDance Reflections festival showcases a fresh take on Trisha Brown’s seminal work; while two of its contemporary offerings are frustratingly oblique It …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

William Forsythe: ‘I want people to look forward to ballet, not endure it’ by Sarah Crompton

The American choreographer on setting classical dance steps to James Blake, his friendship with Nureyev, and why he hugs trees One of the world’s greatest dance-makers, William Forsythe, 7…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM

Lyon Opera Ballet: Dance; Brigel Gjoka, Rauf ‘RubberLegz’ Yasit & Rusan Filiztek: Neighbours – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA Lucinda Childs postmodern gem sparkles anew, while two extraordinary dancers explore what unites people and tears them apart When George Balanchine created his thre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Saturday, March 12, 2022

Ruth Wilson: ‘Sexuality is part of human nature. We have to put it on screen’ by Sarah Crompton

The star of ‘The Affair’, ‘Luther’ and ‘His Dark Materials’ talks to Sarah Crompton about personal boundaries, the gender pay gap and why older women are more valued in Europe th…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:42AM
Sunday, March 6, 2022

Swan Lake; Phantoms: A Triple Bill review – high emotion all round by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonVadim Muntagirov stars in the late Liam Scarlett’s reworking of a Russian classic. And Mark Bruce’s new work needs less drama, more dance …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Lost Dog: A Tale of Two Cities review – a far, far better thing when dance does the talking by Sarah Crompton

Warwick Arts Centre, and touringThis Dickens adaptation is at its most vibrant when it relies on Ben Duke and co’s expressive choreography rather than complex dialogue “It was the best o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Sunday, February 20, 2022

NDT2 review – utter and transfixing confidence by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe magnetic young dancers of NDT2 shapeshift through a demanding triple bill with irresistible ease and assurance The youngest of the 18 dancers who make up Nederlan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Saturday, February 12, 2022

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Kontakthof; Acosta Danza: 100% Cuban – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonUniversal themes of romance connect a young cast to their 70s revival, while Carlos Acosta stumbles in his casting There’s a difficult balance in dance between bein…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Saturday, February 5, 2022

The Tragedy of Macbeth’s Kathryn Hunter: ‘The car crash wasn’t an accident – it was a suicide attempt’ by Sarah Crompton

The award-winning stage actor gives one of the standout performances in Joel Coen’s film and is about to star on the London stage in ‘The Chairs’. But things might have turned out very…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:06AM
Saturday, January 29, 2022

Thick & Tight: Short & Sweet review – a life-enhancing, many-peopled show by Sarah Crompton

Barbican Pit, LondonRunning the gamut from Edith Sitwell and Twiggy to Rasputin and Elaine Paige, this mixed bill from an extraordinary duo and friends is a delight Eleanor Perry (Tight) and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Saturday, January 22, 2022

Raymonda review – passion carries Tamara Rojo’s parting shot by Sarah Crompton

Coliseum, LondonThe plot’s still a problem but the dancers give their all in the outgoing ENB artistic director’s bold attempt to bring an old classic in from the cold One of Tamara Rojo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Saturday, January 15, 2022

Gandini Juggling: Life review – a joyful love letter to Merce Cunningham by Sarah Crompton

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis dazzling show recreates the choreographer’s work through the pure geometry of balls, hoops and clubs As niches go, a work that combines a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Monday, December 27, 2021

Sarah Crompton’s best dance of 2021 by Sarah Crompton

Dancers burst back on to the stage, online performances reached new audiences, and we’ve Zoom to thank for Robert Cohan’s final work Miranda Sawyer’s best radio and podcasts of 2021 R…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!; Rumpelstilzchen – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; Curzon cinemas, Sky Arts, FreeviewMagic and melancholy combine to glorious effect in Bourne’s Christmas classic. And the BalletBoyz make the Brothers Grimm look d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Marianela Núñez: ‘What lockdown taught me, one more time, is that dance is my true passion’ by Sarah Crompton

The Royal Ballet’s phenomenal principal dancer was the fixed star at the heart of an extraordinary year for the company See the Observer’s faces of 2021 in full It’s been an oddly frac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Romeo & Juliet review – Sergei Polunin is reunited with Alina Cojocaru, and his talent by Sarah Crompton

Royal Albert Hall, LondonPolunin and Cojocaru are terrific, but neither is given enough to work with in the UK premiere of Johan Kobborg’s new version There’s been a lot of water under a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33AM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

Past Present/Connecting to Cohan – an inspirational journey into dance history by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, LondonThe extraordinary work of the late choreographer Robert Cohan finds full expression in two heartfelt tribute shows by Yorke Dance Project When I fir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33AM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

‘We were a little naive’: staging Cabaret, in the 60s and now by Sarah Crompton

As a new staging of Cabaret starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley opens in London, director Rebecca Frecknall and 94-year-old composer John Kander, the only survivor of the original cre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Giselle review – the stuff of dreams from the Royal Ballet by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonSix hundred performances of Giselle and counting, the Royal Ballet’s peerless dancers continue to make this once revolutionary work their own The historical roots …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Ballet Black: Then or Now/The Waiting Game review – dynamic anniversary celebration by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, LondonThe company celebrates 20 years of challenging, creative work with an eclectic double bill including a thrilling new piece from one of its own dancers Ballet Black, fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Family/Love Chapter 2; Transverse Orientation review – from one extreme to another by Sarah Crompton

Selfridges Loading Bay; Sadler’s Wells, LondonWhile Sharon Eyal’s repetitive works writhe with energy, Dimitris Papaioannou’s new piece lacks momentum but not beauty A work by Sharon E…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM