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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BWW Review: GIOVANNI PERNICE: DANCE IS LIFE, Shaw Theatre by Vikki Jane Vile

Giovanni Pernice is now somewhat of a stalwart amongst the professional dancer gang on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. With four seasons under his belt and a fifth to follow, he is one of the s…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of Don Quixote offers an all-thriller, no-filler evening complete with exuberant staging, grand and detailed sets fit for a West End musical, luxurious cos…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

BWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN/THE TWO PIGEONS, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

In a rare piece of programming from the Royal Opera House, audiences have the opportunity, for a limited run, to watch the Royal Ballet School's talent of tomorrow and the main company's tal…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

BWW Review: SADLER'S WELLS SAMPLED, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Sadler's Wells annual pick 'n' mix buffet of dance offerings return again for a selection of live performances and interactive front of house experiences.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

BWW Review: ASPHODEL MEADOWS/THE TWO PIGEONS, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

With the last remains of glittery Nutcracker magic now behind us for another year, just two days after the end of the run of the festive classic, the Royal Ballet return with a fun, bright a…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Christmas for dance fans doesn't just mean Nutcracker these days -it means another one of Matthew Bourne's characterful and atmospheric productions is rolling into town.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Lucky Londoners have the opportunity to catch three different productions of The Nutcracker over the festive period this year. But having viewed Sir Peter Wright's 1984 production for the Ro…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

BWW Review: THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER - TRIPLE BILL, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

The centenary of the end of the First World War had been marked widely in dance, now the Royal Ballet present their tribute within this latest triple bill, headlined by Alastair Marriot's ne…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

BWW Review: PRINCIPAL DANCER, Regent Street Cinema by Vikki Jane Vile

Director Felipe Braga is a much-celebrated talent in Latin America, with his past work including a documentary of the life of Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr and other professional athletes. …

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

BWW Review: LA BAYAD?RE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Ballet narratives have always used their artistic license rather liberally, and stories don't come much sillier than that of La Bayadere -or Swan Lake with ghosts as I prefer to think of it.…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BWW Review: MAYERLING, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

t's never easy to debut in a role when half the audience bought tickets to see someone else, but this was the situation Ryoichi Hirano faced last week as announcement of Edward Watson's inju…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

BWW Review: CARLOS ACOSTA: A CELEBRATION, Royal Albert Hall by Vikki Jane Vile

Nearly two years ago to the day, Carlos Acosta presented A Classical Farewell at London's Royal Albert Hall, a mix of solos and pas de deux with his esteemed Royal Ballet colleagues to celeb…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

BWW Review: ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET'S LEST WE FORGET, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

It can be a rarity, but every so often, perhaps once a year if you're lucky, you stumble across a work so sublime it leaves you a little stumped as to how to describe it. Unfortunate when yo…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BWW Review: TANGO PROM, Royal Albert Hall by Vikki Jane Vile

As the Proms enters September and we approach the end of the run of a staggering 91 concerts, Prom 70 sees the inaugural Tango Prom. Tango iscelebrated for its sultry melodies and atmospheri…

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Monday, September 3, 2018


National Youth Ballet has been providing opportunities for young dancers to perform as a company since 1988. Make no mistake, NYB is a wholly professional outfit that attracts upcoming and e…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, London Coliseum by Vikki Jane Vile

London dance fans are still reeling from the glorious opulence of Liam Scarlett's new Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet.Heavy with emotion, high on budget and dramatic staging, it's in stark co…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BWW Review: EMERGING DANCER 2018, London Coliseum by Vikki Jane Vile

English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Award is now in its ninth year. It'san invaluable resource to balletomanes and dance critics, allowing the opportunity to focus on the rising stars,…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

BWW Review: RAMBERT'S LIFE IS A DREAM, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Life is a Dream is Rambert's first full-length work is over 40 years. It's perhaps best left to seasoned dance-lovers and those who like a challenge, because choreographer Kim Brandstrup cer…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

There is no greater anticipation in the ballet world than that for a new Swan Lake. The unenviable pressure of this task has fallen to one of the Royal Opera House's current Artists in Resid…

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Monday, April 16, 2018


The Royal Ballet's latest offering is a rather curious mixed bill containing contemporary, classical and carnivalesque works from three of its resident choreographers. On the surface each of…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

BWW Review: English National Ballet's VOICES OF AMERICA, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Emerging from a winter of traditional crowd-pleasers featuring Nutcracker and La Sylphide, the dancers of English National Ballet were finally allowed to cut loose in this new mixed bill -th…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

BWW Review: BERNSTEIN CENTENARY, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Following on from the Royal Ballet's popular story ballets such as Giselle and The Winter's Tale, the company now turn their attention to work of Leonard Bernstein to mark a century since hi…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

BWW Review: BALLET BLACK, Barbican by Vikki Jane Vile

Ballet Black is a diverse company, comprisedof black and Asian dancers, that has been annually performing their charismatic brand of dance in London since 2001.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BWW Review: ISABEL BAYON COMPA??A - DJU-DJU, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Sadler's Wells' annual season of flamenco is now in its 15th year. It offers a varied bill, from the traditional and vibrant to more contemporary interpretations. In the case of Isabel Bayon…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Wheeldon's popular retelling of The Winter's Tale returns to the Royal Opera House stage for the third time in four years. Of its many strengths, the meaty storytelling on display from the d…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

BWW Review: GISELLE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Marianela Nu ez celebrates her 20th year with the Royal Ballet this year. For a prima ballerina you may believe her peak years of performing are behind her. However, nothing could be further…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S CINDERELLA, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Thanks to Matthew Bourne, now Christmas in London doesn't only mean endless Nutcrackers as lovely as they are but for over fifteen years dance fans have been treated to his theatrical mix of…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

BWW Review: SYLVIA, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Frederick Ashton's Sylvia was last seen as part of the Royal Ballet's repertoire back in 2010. And how this glittering, mythical tale of silliness has been missed One cannot deny that the su…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

BWW Review: BALLET BLACK TRIPLE BILL, Theatre Royal Stratford East by Vikki Jane Vile

Ballet Black continue to move from strength to strength. Having recently secured funding and completed work on a more spacious London studio, they now tour nationally with their acclaimed na…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BWW Review: BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S ALADDIN, Sadler's Wells by Vikki Jane Vile

Fresh from taking part in the dazzling nationwide celebration of Kenneth MacMillan's work, a severe change of gear is required as Birmingham Royal Ballet now turn their attention to Aladdin,…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BWW Review: KENNETH MACMILLAN - A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

The Opera House's new season continues with a joyful celebration of Kenneth MacMillan, seeing the Royal Ballet joined by the country's other top companies for a rare spectacle.

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