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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Assembly Hall review – medieval reenactors joust in a whirl of fantasy and mundanity by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBeautiful choreography and a clever script create a shifting, unknowable world in Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s new show I think we can confidently say this is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Friday, March 15, 2024

Vincent Dance Theatre: Play review – rare choreography retrospective is both ominous and hopeful by Lyndsey Winship

Corn Exchange, BrightonCharlotte Vincent revisits her 30-year back catalogue with a focus on young performers, offering fascinating glimpes into the world she’s created Unlike painters, sa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Steve Paxton obituary by Lyndsey Winship

A pivotal figure in contemporary dance, known for stripping the artform of its classical and modern techniques In the early 1970s a rangy Arizonan arrived in Devon as a guest teacher at Dart…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Northern Ballet: Romeo & Juliet review – iconic love story told in all its full-blooded glory by Lyndsey Winship

Leeds Grand theatreProkofiev’s score takes flight as the warring clans go at it, while the lovers display all the tortured passion of their teenage tragedy in this innovative and explosive…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Friday, March 8, 2024

New York City Ballet review – iconic company returns to show the shape of modern ballet by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonNYCB’s first UK visit in 16 years brings a quadruple bill that looks to the past briefly, but mostly presents a very 21st-century vision One of the world’s most i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36PM
Monday, March 4, 2024

Carlos Acosta to create new version of The Nutcracker set in Havana by Lyndsey Winship

The acclaimed dancer, director and choreographer takes on ballet’s favourite frosty Christmas show, with his Cuba-based company Acosta Danza “I want to make it snow in Havana,” said Cu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Sunday, March 3, 2024

How to Build a Universe review – sci-fi dance-theatre show aims high but lands low by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonHumans keep making the same mistakes as five survivors of an apocalyptic event try to build a new civilisation How to Build a Universe is a high-concept show. Imagine you we…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Friday, February 23, 2024

New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck: ‘Trump’s win changed the whole arc of the piece’ by Lyndsey Winship

Ahead of a London show, the choreographer talks about his new Sufjan Stevens musical, community in dance, and how election results can affect his moves When Justin Peck was a teenage ballet …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:02AM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Phoenix Dance Theatre review – triple bill swings from tortured to tender by Lyndsey Winship

Leeds PlayhouseBelonging: Loss. Legacy. Love brings together work by Phoenix’s new boss Marcus Jarrell Willis, Miguel Altunaga and Dane Hurst Formed in 1981, Phoenix Dance Theatre have had…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

‘It’s like being on a love boat’: the dance trio embraced by Sam Smith and Madonna by Lyndsey Winship

After choreographing the video for Unholy and the queen of pop’s Celebration tour, French collective (La)Horde are taking a wildly eclectic show to London That thing about never meeting yo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

Emma Gladstone obituary by Lyndsey Winship

Dancer and artistic director of the Dance Umbrella festival known for being an innovative force in the industry Emma Gladstone, who has died of cancer aged 63, was a woman of impeccable tast…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32PM

São Paulo Dance Company review – by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, London In a triple bill by Spanish and Brazilian choreographers, dancers move in ritualistic unison, launch into flight or just inspire wonder In the middle of São Paulo D…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32PM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Ockham’s Razor: Tess review – circus spin finds light and laughter in Thomas Hardy’s tale by Lyndsey Winship

Peacock theatre, LondonThis company’s skills cleverly animate the characters in a dreamlike production that does not blunt the novel’s tragedy Can you tell a Thomas Hardy story through c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Diversity: Supernova review – blazing BGT champs go all out by Lyndsey Winship

Royal & Derngate, NorthamptonThe superstar troupe from Britain’s Got Talent consistently fill venues across the country – and you can see why It’s 15 years since street dance crew …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Monday, January 29, 2024

Tamara Rojo: ‘Ballet is competing with Netflix – that’s what audiences expect’ by Lyndsey Winship

The former artistic director of English National Ballet has swapped London for San Francisco, where she’s bringing AI and clubbing into the theatre – while passing on the legacy of Briti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Friday, January 26, 2024

La Strada review – Fellini’s circus becomes a heartfelt ballet by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDancer Alina Cojocaru and choreographer Natalia Horečná bring the 1954 film to the stage but their show loses its way in the second act It’s no surprise that a st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

‘I realised sci-fi horror was the language I was speaking’: Dimitris Papaioannou on how Alien spawned his show Ink by Lyndsey Winship

He has staged Greece’s Olympic opening ceremony and scenes evoking myths and old masters. Now, the unclassifiable choreographer is taking his cue from Ridley Scott In the 1980s, Dimitris P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Manon review – the Royal Ballet brings beauty to sordid snake pits of Paris by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonKenneth MacMillan’s journey into a world of darkness is performed with consummate craft by a superb company In the 1970s Kenneth MacMillan snatched ballet from the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Sunday, January 14, 2024

Les Noces – The Departure review: absorbingly renewed marriage bonds by Lyndsey Winship

Woolwich Works, London On a catwalk-like stage, the ambitious New Movement Collective celebrate Stravinsky’s peasant wedding with a twist, adding fresh musical compositions to ramp up the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Friday, January 12, 2024

Giselle review – English National Ballet keep Romantic magic alive by Lyndsey Winship

London Coliseum Version created by Mary Skeaping in 1971 retains its seductive power, ably driven by principals Katja Khaniukova and Aitor Arrieta One of the strengths of the ballet Giselle …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The best theatre, dance and comedy tickets to book in 2024 by Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

The new year’s hottest shows include stage versions of Minority Report, Spirited Away and La Strada, performances by Keeley Hawes and Ian McKellen – plus laughs from Julia Masli, Rhod Gi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Thursday, December 21, 2023

The best theatre, comedy and dance of 2023 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Our critics’ highlights of the year include a 24-hour marathon, a standup welcoming hecklers, a reboot of The Matrix and a bus ride filled with emotion• More on the best culture of 2023 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, December 17, 2023

Pirates! review – buccaneering adventure and fizzing family fun by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonThough often more associated with abstract contemporary dance, Scottish Dance Theatre prove more than adept at bringing tales of daring on the high seas to a younger audienc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Friday, December 15, 2023

Zoetrope review – skeletons rattle up a surreal Christmas show by Lyndsey Winship

Dance House, CardiffLea Anderson’s show for children, staged by National Dance Company Wales, presents the story of evolution as an absurdist cabaret First, a word from the audience (of pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Thursday, December 14, 2023

Edward Scissorhands review – Matthew Bourne’s dance blockbuster is a cut above by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonTim Burton’s film is a natural fit for Bourne’s choreography and a bright young cast bring its bittersweet tale to fresh life Matthew Bourne is a canny operator w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Friday, December 8, 2023

Ballet star Alina Cojocaru: ‘When people tell me I’m a natural, I just want to scream’ by Lyndsey Winship

The Romanina ballerina’s rise has been the result of years of gruelling physical work, not just talent. A decade after leaving the Royal Ballet due to creative differences, she’s back wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Friday, December 1, 2023

Lunar Halo review – Sigur Rós soundtrack arresting images and smooth moves by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonCloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan show extraordinary finesse but the theme of bodies and technology rarely coheres into anything substantial A giant hand reaches dow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Thursday, November 23, 2023

Rambert: Death Trap review – a double bill of despair from Ben Duke by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe 2017 piece Goat, made in the aftermath of London terror attacks, loses its way but last year’s Cerberus is a powerful account of grief Rambert is a dance compan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Van Huynh Company: Re:birth review – a swirling portrayal of the exhaustion of exile by Lyndsey Winship

The UK-based Vietnamese dancer and choreographer stages a piece inspired by the horror and dislocation of war with experimental vocals from Elaine Mitchener Choreographer Dam Van Huynh was a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Let it all out! Tears for Fears inspire ‘utopian’ dance show by Lyndsey Winship

Emmanuel Gat explains why it’s easier to choreograph to Pierre Boulez than pop music and how his dancers perform ‘with a question mark not an exclamation mark’ ‘All around me are fam…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady review – dancers take the audience with them on a wild jazz ride by Lyndsey Winship

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonThe slinky grooves of Charles Mingus animate the expressive dancers of Clod Ensemble, who sweep up the crowd in a joyful celebration of movement “It’s not abo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM

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