Wednesday, March 22, 2017

An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre, London: it’s the dance that’s the real draw

Christopher Wheeldon’s witty choreography is the star of this lavish musical

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Emeli Sandé unleashes the full hairdryer at the Brixton Academy, London

The singer has an impressive voice but this show highlighted her limitations

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Eve Best is brilliant in Love in Idleness at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London

The actress excels in the lead role of Terence Rattigan’s wartime drama

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A vivid, atmospheric Faramondo at the Royal College of Music, London

Handel’s opera launches a month-long programme of works by the composer

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whitney Biennial, New York — a bracing sense of purpose

The artists who stand out from the mediocre majority are a politically engaged bunch

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Fortress Europe at the Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam — superficial and contrived

A new work staged by Dutch National Opera is naive and reductive

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Les Bas-fonds, Théâtre de la Ville, Les Gémeaux, Paris — startlingly modern Gorky

The Russian writer’s 1902 play is a deeply human portrayal of exclusion

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Monday, March 20, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opéra Bastille, Paris — admirable craft

Solo performances were the highlights of Balanchine’s awkwardly constructed ballet

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Meistersinger returns in style to La Scala, Milan

Harry Kupfer’s production finds a utopian vision in Wagner’s paean to German art

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A convoluted Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Musical standards are high in Britten’s opera, but the production is visually disappointing

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A moving, engrossing Wozzeck in Amsterdam

Berg’s opera becomes a portrait of a failed individual in De Nationale Opera’s production

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The mesmerising voice of Laura Marling at the Roundhouse, London

Focusing on material from her new album, the singer displayed her impressive range

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Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ — the ultimate anti-work anthem?

How the song went from the movies to the White House to a muddy field in Glastonbury

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trompe-la-Mort at the Palais Garnier: a pithy, gripping opera

Opera National de Paris presents two engrossing hours of avarice, politics, sex, gossip, blackmail and graft

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Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern at the Royal Opera House, London — profoundly moving

The choreographer’s latest piece is a powerful evocation of fleeing hordes of humanity

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Filthy Business, Hampstead Theatre, London — a blistering central role

Sarah Kestelman gives a definitive performance as the fearsome matriarch in this family drama

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A quirky Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Everyone gesticulated with gusto in Jürgen Flimm’s revived production of Beethoven’s opera

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry, musician, 1926-2017

Early star of rock ’n’ roll whose influence endured

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Podcasts: introducing the new, likeable Russell Brand

The comedian and presenter’s new series is refreshingly calm and thoughtful

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Connection meets conservatism at the Sharjah Biennial

Often the UAE-based event fell into a self-reflexive trap, but certain works made magnificent escapes

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Michelangelo and Sebastiano, National Gallery — faith, hope and rivalry

An absorbing exhibition puts us at the heart of the intrigues between Renaissance artists

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Slaves to the algorithm: can coders create a dancefloor banger?

A new breed of musicians is straddling the divide between computer science and art

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American watercolours in Philadelphia — an undiluted pleasure

A stupendous show charts how artists from Homer to Sargent realised the medium’s potential

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Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair

Plus, Tefaf woos North American visitors; gallerist carpeted over contemporary work; £1m offered for Holy Grail

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The Price — Ruffalo and DeVito in a poignant Arthur Miller play

A traditional, technology-free staging at the American Airlines Theatre, New York

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Enemies of the state: when film-makers fall foul of government

Danny Leigh meets Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho and reflects on other dissident directors

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Partenope — English National Opera’s production is a delight

A surrealist, cross-dressing take on Handel’s opera at the Coliseum in London

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Howard Hodgkin’s last interview

The great British painter, who died in London on March 9, reflected on his life’s work

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nijinski at the The Joyce, New York — style, but no method

Choreographer Marco Goecke’s portrait of the great dancer is only fitfully impressive

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Get Out — a brilliantly mischievous, unsettling movie

Jordan Peele’s debut feature blends horror, comedy and racism allegory

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