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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Life Is a Dream review – Rambert dance into the twilight zone by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonKim Brandstrup’s mysterious take on Calderón’s 17th-century play is set in an illusory world of doppelgangers, alter egos and unstable duetsBilled by Rambert as …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toro: Beauty and the Bull review – unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing by Sanjoy Roy

Lillian Baylis theatre, LondonCarlos Pons Guerra’s production for DeNada Dance Theatre is a lurid mix of melodrama and showmanshipYoung Spanish-born choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra has be…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Ballet Lorent: Rumpelstiltskin review – sensual retelling of Grimm fairytale by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonPoet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and director Liv Lorent join forces for a twisted tale of beauty and crueltyFolktales are stories spun of twisted threads – beauty and…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ballet Black review – Shakespeare in tutus for enchanting double bill by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, LondonArthur Pita’s take on Shakespeare and ballet is paired with Cathy Marston’s masterful adaptation of a Can Themba short story in this inspired programmeWatch any Ballet Bl…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Windrush review – upbeat tribute to a generation who transformed Britain by Sanjoy Roy

Cast, DoncasterSharon Watson’s show retraces the steps of the Caribbean passengers who landed on British shores 70 years agoIt’s been 70 years – a lifetime – since 492 Caribbean men …

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Isabel Bayón: Dju-Dju review – flamenco imp stomps out evil spirits by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIn a flaming red dress, the bold Bayón delivers an eerie show that combines kitsch with horrorWhen the impeccable Isabel Bayón first worked with flamenco maverick I…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cirque du Soleil banned our critic after a one-star review – need they have feared? by Lyn Gardner and Sanjoy Roy

Lyn Gardner’s press ticket for the circus superstars was withdrawn after her verdict on their earlier show. So we bought her one and sent Sanjoy Roy along to get a second opinion on Cirque…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Sanjoy Roy profiles Patrick Swayze's dancing technique by Sanjoy Roy

These clips reveal how the late actor's classical dance training helped him smoulder on stage and screenBefore he was an actor, Patrick Swayze was a ballet dancer. He began at his mother's d…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Myth, magic and mortality: Darbar's divine festival of Indian dance by Sanjoy Roy

From jazz-like showdowns to gender-fluid love stories, the festival’s electrifying debut dance programme showcased a thrillingly diverse performance traditionThe 12th edition of the annual…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Step-by-step guide to dance: Twyla Tharp | Sanjoy Roy by Sanjoy Roy

A crossover pioneer, this American choreographer melds classical ballet with modern, jazz, ballroom and even aerobics in an energetic mix that impresses, if not always endears Continue readi…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Eun-Me Ahn review – eye-scorchingly colourful dance goes K-pop by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, London From a snail’s-pace procession to techno-pogoing in hot pink light, the Korean choreographer’s relentless routines are hypnotic but emptyThe opening of Eun-Me Ahn’s L…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Take it outside: the shows pushing dancers out of their comfort zone by Sanjoy Roy

A trio of works staged in striking industrial settings blur the roles of dancer and audience – and raise compelling questions about the nature of performanceA ballet in an old warehouse. A…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sutra | Dance review by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler's Wells, London"Sutra" literally means thread. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is the term given to a collection of aphoristic verses linked by a common theme. That makes it perfect as t…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dance review: Anton and Erin / Coliseum, London by Sanjoy Roy

Coliseum, LondonStrictly Come Dancing is a huge TV hit, and a stage spin-off sounds like a good idea: the performers and the dance styles have a high recognition factor, and a live show can …

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Theo Clinkard: This Bright Field review – a poetic fusion of sight and sound by Sanjoy Roy

Brighton DomeWith its unorthodox seating, shape-shifting set and even dancers hatching from eggs, this show makes up for some awkward pacing with a wealth of ideas In the brief prologue to T…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Voodoo review – Project O's shamanic dance bops with the public by Sanjoy Roy

Lilian Baylis studio, Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe audience becomes the performance in this eight-hour cycle that puts Whitney Houston and drum’n’bass alongside historical world eventsPro…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monster mashup: the terrifying tribute to horror films from The Exorcist to Ring by Sanjoy Roy

Jakop Ahlbom combines stage magic with references to classic scary movies in a cult show that returns the horror genre to the theatreJakop Ahlbom has created a monster. The Swedish theatre d…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Step-by-step guide to dance: Les Ballets C de la B by Sanjoy Roy

They were founded for a dare in 1984, but Les Ballets C de la B's mix of surrealism, slapstick and semiotics has made them one of the world's most influential dance theatre companies Continu…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Boy Blue Entertainment: Blak Whyte Gray review – explosive hip-hop robot ballet by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, London A remarkable triple bill melds everything from body-popping to krump and African dance, turning bodies into automata, weapons and channels of pure emotionBoy Blue Entertainm…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Step-by-step guide to dance: Michael Clark by Sanjoy Roy

He's the ballet punk whose choreography turned him into dance's rock'n'roll legend. Sanjoy Roy profiles the rise, fall and rebirth of an iconoclassicistIn short Continue reading...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Hetain Patel: American Man review – dystopia finds itself Trumped by Sanjoy Roy

Lilian Baylis theatre, LondonPatel’s superhero is back, disguised as a white man, but this show’s commentary on sexism and racism lacks depthHetain Patel’s American Man starts where hi…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Virgin Territory review – unnerving survey of sex and social media stalkers by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, LondonCharlotte Vincent’s brave exploration of our hypersexualised world takes an unflinching look at when adults ‘follow’ and ‘like’ vulnerable childrenWe’re seated a…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Step-by-step guide to dance: William Forsythe by Sanjoy Roy

In the fourth instalment of our series introducing major choreographers and companies, Sanjoy Roy explores the work of William ForsytheIn short Continue reading...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

FKA twigs taps perfectly into the spirit of our times with Rooms by Sanjoy Roy

Dancers in this Egyptian Halloween fantasy wrestle with clay and convention at the bequest of the ever-experimental musicianIn the basement of a labyrinthine warehouse, a woman lies on a hos…

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company: Inter_rupted review – ageing, kathak-style by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, London The striking movements of classical Indian dance produce many arresting images as the choreographer teases out the threads of life’s experienceA man gasps and shakes his h…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Fagin's Twist review – hip-hop Dickens show is full of artful dodging by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, LondonStreet dance meets Victorian workhouse as choreographer Tony Adigun imagines the childhoods of Oliver Twist’s villainsStreet dance might seem an odd style for a Dickensian…

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Step-by-step guide to dance: Richard Alston by Sanjoy Roy

British choreographer Richard Alston has leapt from hippy rebel to member of the modern dance establishment with impressive ease, writes Sanjoy Roy Continue reading...

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review – mambo, tango and bluesy moves by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonIn their second programme of dance, the US company present Ronald K Brown’s Open Door, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera and their signature RevelationsWhat a versa…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Paco Peña review – music and dance blend poetically for Lorca by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, London Patrias, the flamenco guitarist’s tribute to the Spanish writer, features superb dance solos but the multimedia projections intrude on the spectacleFederico Garcí…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker review – dancers send Tate Modern into a whirl by Sanjoy Roy

Tate Modern, London Showcased in the gallery’s vast Turbine Hall, the arcs and eddies of the Belgian choreographer’s Work/Travail/Arbeid reveal the harmony of its compositionAnne Teresa …

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Jekyll and Hyde review – potions, motion and screaming guitars in beast of a show by Sanjoy Roy

Old Vic, LondonPart Robert Louis Stevenson, part Little Shop of Horrors, the McOnie Company’s discombobulating dance adaptation is dynamic, clever and a bit retrogradeThe tale of Jekyll an…

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