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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: An Accident/A Life review – brutal and tender by Sanjoy Roy

Norwich Theatre RoyalBrew revisits the car crash at the beginning of his ballet career that killed his three companions and left him paraplegic Not quite dance, not quite theatre, An Acciden…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

‘The body is everything’: Sung Im Her’s insatiable desire for dance by Sanjoy Roy

Each time she takes the stage, the Korean choreographer and dancer asks if it will be the last time. She reflects on crushing stereotypes, breaking into theatre and her 100 failed auditions …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Boy Blue: Cycles review – dazzling hip-hop dance alchemy by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, LondonIn ragged rocksteps and snaredrum springs, choreographer Kenrick Sandy and composer Michael Asante catch the connections between sound and movement Founded in 2001, Boy Blue …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

Elixir festival review – the dance of life through older eyes by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWorks from veteran dancers Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo, Louise Lecavalier and Ben Duke challenge perceptions of age, with performances full of spirit and maturity …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:02PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The monster mash: Frankenstein is reanimated for dance, stitched together with Greek myths by Sanjoy Roy

A decade after his award-winning Dracula, Mark Bruce has pared down Mary Shelley’s gothic classic and taken a cue from its subtitle ‘The Modern Prometheus’ ‘The idea of a creature ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Thursday, January 11, 2024

John Ashford obituary by Sanjoy Roy

My former colleague John Ashford, who has died aged 79, was a key figure in contemporary dance in the UK and beyond, both as director of the Place theatre in London (1986-2009) and founder-d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Monday, November 13, 2023

Ian Spink obituary by Sanjoy Roy

Choreographer, creative director and co-founder of Second Stride, a company that transformed contemporary dance in the 1980sThe choreographer and creative director Ian Spink, who has died of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

BalletBoyz: England on Fire review – riotous tour through a nation’s soul by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis ‘psychic landscape of Albion’ deploys a huge ensemble to send its dancers spinning through a patchwork of national mythology You have to hand it to BalletBoy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, September 11, 2023

Korean dance star Eun-Me Ahn: ‘We have this image of long hair, good girl, charming wife – wake up!’ by Sanjoy Roy

As she brings her new show, Dragons, to the UK, the innovative choreographer discusses shaking off traditional norms and how shaving her head helped her find her own energy Ochre wall, plum …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:25PM
Sunday, May 7, 2023

Shamel Pitts: Black Hole review – fragile glimpses of an Afrofuturist world by Sanjoy Roy

Curve, Leicester The US dancer conjures a potent spectacle filled with mysterious symbolism as three figures strain, combine and detach in stirring, almost ritual patterns There’s a strang…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Goner review – horror show with shades of Squid Game and Blair Witch by Sanjoy Roy

The Yard theatre, LondonMarikiscrycrycry opens this year’s Now festival with an occasionally baffling trip through sex, fear and fantasies Established in 2014, the Yard theatre’s Now fes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, February 5, 2023

Secret Things/Everyone Keeps Me review – Pam Tanowitz’s steps cast a spell by Sanjoy Roy

Linbury theatre, London The American choreographer showcases three works with the Royal Ballet, the newest of which examines the idealism and corporeality of womanhood The Royal Ballet now h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:02PM
Friday, December 16, 2022

The best dance of 2022 by Lyndsey Winship and Sanjoy Roy

Exhilarating highlights this year ranged from tech-savvy ballet and a juggling celebration of Merce Cunningham to a daring flamenco Rite of Spring • More of the best culture of 2022 When S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Israel Galván: La Consagración de la Primavera review – Stravinsky with a flamenco stamp by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe maverick choreographer makes his mark on The Rite of Spring in this elementally austere exercise in anxiety and loose-cannon footwork In 1913, The Rite of Spring …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Candoco: In Side Out review – an intimate night of new work by Sanjoy Roy

Lilian Baylis theatre, LondonFresh pieces by the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers open up its artistic direction Although the pandemic scuppered some plans for Candoco – such a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Tanz review – gross-out body-horror ballet is an unlikely laugh by Sanjoy Roy

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonFlorentina Holzinger’s show has inspired audience walkouts but others stay and cheer at its bloody-minded audacity Premiered in Vienna in 2019, Florentina Holz…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Nureyev: Legend and Legacy review – firecracker spins and star turns by Sanjoy Roy

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, LondonRalph Fiennes introduced this gala honouring the ballet legend, which boasted a dazzling lineup of dancers including Natalia Osipova and Cesar Corrales Introd…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
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

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