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Monday, June 20, 2022

New English Ballet Theatre review – highs and lows in a full and varied programme by Sanjoy Roy

Linbury theatre, LondonA hardworking young company showcase a range of dance styles to music including classical, rock and contemporary The Royal Ballet’s Next Generation festival is a pla…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Elixir Extracts review – silver sirens steal the show by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis mini festival celebrating the older dancer features powerful performers – and is defiantly not pretty Founded in 2014, Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir festival is a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man review – steamy dance thriller with a supercharged engine by Sanjoy Roy

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBourne’s 1950s potboiler has been beefed up for a larger venue. The result is classy, trashy – and deeply serious Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man is a steamy, pul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Sunday, May 29, 2022

L-E-V: Chapter 3 review – easy-on-the-eye dance doesn’t leap out by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonUsing music from Americana to Afrobeats, the final part of this Israeli company’s trilogy on love is beautifully danced but doesn’t go anywhere This final part of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Frontera | Border – a Living Monument review – polymorphous dance enlivens cold Leeds car park by Sanjoy Roy

Victoria multistorey car park, Leeds Amanda Piña’s dance inspired from the Mexican border town of Matamoros filled the perfunctory setting with pulsating beats and tinsel-clad movement Am…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Traplord review – gripping journey through black masculinity by Sanjoy Roy

180 Studios, LondonIvan Michael Blackstock’s interrogation of stereotypes is broodingly atmospheric, strewn with imagery and often highly effective How to show stereotypes of black masculi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:37AM
Sunday, March 20, 2022

Boris Charmatz/Gisèle Vienne review – sleepwalking, with vampires by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonOne French choreographer whistles during his dance in Somnole, while another takes us into a dark, murderous forest in This Is How You Will Disappear Whistle while yo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54PM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Katerina Andreou: BSTRD/Christian Rizzo: une maison review – a feat of endurance and desultory dramatics by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWhile Andreou clearly pursues a path and a purpose with her 2018 work, Rizzo’s directionless fantasy world is a rambling trip Minimalism has many guises. If the ope…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Dance Reflections festival: opening night review – rich and revelatory by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA terrifically varied programme began by pairing daring new work from Brigel Gjoka and Rauf Yasit with Lucinda Childs’ iconic 1979 Dance The astonishingly rich prog…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Company Chameleon: The Shadow review – Jungian overdrive by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, LondonBlack-clad extras loom and the sound booms as impressive dancers look to illuminate the pyschologist’s theories of humanity’s secret faces Company Chameleon’s The Shad…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Sunday, February 6, 2022

The PappyShow: What Do You See? review – a freewheeling exploration of cultural diversity by Sanjoy Roy

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonThe 13-strong cast dive with gusto into the gap between seeing and looking, us and them, and you and me “What do you see when you look at me?” chant The Pappy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

English National Ballet: Raymonda review – a bold, lavish refit of the Petipa classic by Sanjoy Roy

Coliseum, LondonEven if the drama disappoints in parts, the music and dancing in Tamara Rojo’s brave, inventive take on the 19th-century, will-she-won’t-she love story is a delight It’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

Botis Seva: Blkdog review – a skilful, relentless dive into depression by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, LondonThe choreographer draws on his own experiences to create a powerful evocation of alienation, oppression and memory Depression is more than just dark, or down:…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Yorke Dance Project: Past Present review – torque and tension, confusion and change by Sanjoy Roy

Linbury theatre, LondonYolande Yorke-Edgell and company join the dots between the founder-mother of American modern dance Martha Graham and the late Robert Cohan Programmes by Yorke Dance Pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33AM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Ballet Black review – conflict and connection in spellbinding double bill by Sanjoy Roy

Linbury theatre, LondonWill Tuckett makes visual poetry of love, war and the work of Adrienne Rich, while Mthuthuzeli November journeys to a glitter-coated land of showtime What kinds of tim…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lanre Malaolu: ‘I asked myself: what will you pass on?’ by Sanjoy Roy

The creator of the show Samskara on how race, masculinity, psychology and emotion have shaped his work for stage and screen – and why he never wants to be put in a box Who is Lanre Malaolu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Candoco Dance Company review – it all just works, beautifully by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonFascinating in its form, enigmatic in its meaning, this double bill is full of delights As a company of variously abled and disabled dancers, Candoco generally presen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

@Home review – Didy Veldman explores where the heart is by Sanjoy Roy

Gulbenkian theatre, CanterburyActions speak louder than words as a talented cast take a guided tour of our most intimate relations Didy Veldman’s @Home grew around the idea of being “at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

We Are As Gods review – big-time sensuality by Sanjoy Roy

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonSome 70 dancers reacquaint audiences with the BAC building in a sumptuous feast from James Cousins Company Though it features some 70 dancers, James Cousins’ W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12PM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sung Im Her: W.A.Y review – what a trip! by Sanjoy Roy

The Place theatre, LondonThe Korean choreographer’s all-female re-working of this 2019 piece builds patterns and variations to an ecstatic finale Sung Im Her’s W.A.Y is a “re-work” …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Double Murder review – ghoulish and gripping with hippy hugs by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonHofesh Shechter presents two contrasting pieces: Clowns, which lambasts our seeming indifference to violence, and a tender antidote called The Fix The ringmaster tryi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Romeo + Juliet review – an intense rush of love and hate by Sanjoy Roy

Birmingham HippodromeTaking elements of contemporary, hip-hop, classical Indian and streetdance, Rosie Kay’s version of Shakespeare has a clamour of activity and ideas This autumn brings …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Black Victorians review – bodiced bodies break free of restraints by Sanjoy Roy

Milton Keynes international festivalInspired by formal portrait photography of black Victorian Britons, Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s sensual dance work restores life and humanity to its forgott…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, June 21, 2021

Future Cargo review – sci-fi show reflects these strange times back to us by Sanjoy Roy

Lowry, SalfordThree androgynous, silver-clad dancers loop and glide through a retrofuturist sealed set in Requardt and Rosenberg’s spaced-out touring production Shows that are distributed …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II review – strain, strength and beauty by Sanjoy Roy

Birmingham Repertory theatre The choreographer returns to the stage with a superb new work, Adult Female Dancer, part of a compelling evening of three solos Absolute Solo II is a sequel – …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Barre, humbug! Can ballet put a spin on Charles Dickens in new film? by Sanjoy Roy

Russell Maliphant places movement front and centre of A Christmas Carol and dance is also boosting screen successes like Lovers Rock and Giri/Haji Dance and cinema have a common source. The …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Friday, August 21, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Shelter review – moves with our times by Sanjoy Roy

Available onlineJawole Willa Jo Zollar’s three-decade-old piece on homelessness takes on potent new meaning during Covid crisis The best theatre and dance to watch online Some dances seem …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Friday, August 7, 2020

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker review – stunning trio of dance films by Sanjoy Roy

In Hoppla!, Achterland and Mitten, the Belgian dance legend manages a dynamic mix of composition and choreography The Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has always been engross…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dadderrs: The Lockdown Telly Show review – surreality TV gem is a hoot by Sanjoy Roy

Available onlineFrauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver reprise their brave, surreal 2019 show for the coronavirus age In autumn 2019, the married couple Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver toured a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03PM
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bouncing back: European dance is kick-started with huge state support by Sanjoy Roy

Dancers are taking tentative steps back to work, giving socially distanced performances outdoors in Germany, France and the Czech Republic Tamas Detrich, director of Germany’s Stuttgart Ba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Thursday, June 11, 2020

How the Electric Slide became the Black Lives Matter protest dance by Sanjoy Roy

This is a moment of movement: as people gather to push for change, collective dancing has become activism in motion The protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have spread across the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM