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Friday, February 14, 2020

Black Waters review – a muddied outcry against colonial horrors by Sanjoy Roy

Leeds PlayhousePhoenix Dance Theatre’s new piece contains flashes of anguished brilliance but feels cut off from its subject matter In 2018, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush premiered ju…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Return to Heaven review – all aboard for the dystopian merry-go-round by Sanjoy Roy

Tobacco Factory, BristolMark Bruce’s latest work is sensationally stimulating but perilously dizzying and hard to stomach Mark Bruce is a fascinating, highly distinctive choreographer, his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Child review – scary scenes of untethered imagination by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, LondonThis third part of Peeping Tom’s trilogy surreally explores the innocence and danger of childhood, but it’s definitely not for kids Having already graced the London inter…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The PappyShow: Boys review – 10-man team gets to grips with masculinity by Sanjoy Roy

Southbank Centre, LondonThis devised drama about relationships between young men moves from grim violence to understanding Physical theatre company The PappyShow devises its material through…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Box of Delights review – an exquisite Christmas cabaret by Sanjoy Roy

Green Dragon hotel, Hereford2Faced Dance put on a reality-busting promenade performance featuring parkour, slapstick and a sit-down dinner ‘Come along, chop-chop!” say our minders, rathe…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Top 10 dance shows of 2019 by Lyndsey Winship and Sanjoy Roy

A snogtastic Romeo and Juliet from Matthew Bourne and an international dance-a-thon celebrating Merce Cunningham join a mixed troupe of winners More on the best culture of 2019 Continue read…

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Arthur Pita: Ten Sorry Tales review – six feet under and surreally shipwrecked by Sanjoy Roy

Jerwood DanceHouse, IpswichPita’s adaptation of Mick Jackson’s splendigly lugubrious children’s book mixes mime, acting, song and dance to pleasingly twisted effect If you like a happy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Darbar festival review – blazing celebration of Indian dance by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Temple of Fine Arts explode with energy and Nahid Siddiqui captivates with her lightness and gravity Initially a showcase for Indian classical music, since 2017 t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Boy Blue: Redd review – sequel to Blak Whyte Gray pushes the pain button by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, LondonRhythms ricochet around an imaginary cell as the hip-hop partnership return with a darker, depression-themed piece In 2017, Boy Blue – the hip-hop partnership founded in 20…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM
Friday, September 27, 2019

Rosie Kay's Fantasia review – the cartoon wonder of dance by Sanjoy Roy

Birmingham Hippodrome Three dancers explore the harmony between music and movement in a show that flirts with parody as it unleashes joy ‘Don’t Mickey Mouse!” It’s one of the most ba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tao of Glass review – golden odyssey through Philip Glass's music by Sanjoy Roy

Royal Exchange theatre, ManchesterPhelim McDermott’s sublime collage of theatrical fragments is the fantastical, tearjerking fruition of a lifelong dream In his youth, the actor and direct…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18AM
Monday, July 15, 2019

Trajal Harrell: Maggie the Cat review – Tennessee Williams sashays away by Sanjoy Roy

The Dancehouse, ManchesterCat on a Hot Tin Roof with voguing sounds interesting, but Trajal Harrell’s parade of dancers modelling soft-furnishings to free jazz is more vague than vogue Ame…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Fantasy, folly and fancy footwork: cosmic dance comes to Manchester by Sanjoy Roy

Dancers, actors and digital animation combine for a spectacle in an old railway depot, while Alphabus flexes its muscles at Manchester international festival The dance strand of the Manchest…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Birmingham Royal Ballet: [Un]leashed review – jangling textures and palpitating rhythms by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThree dances with differing tones and temperament, including Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces and Ruth Brill’s Peter and the Wolf, make for an ambiguous show As a titl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Polunin Ink review – storm, stress and sweet torment by Sanjoy Roy

Palladium, London Ballet and B-movies collide as Sergei Polunin revives Russian villain Rasputin, suffers with Nijinsky, and tackles toxic masculinity with a pineapple Once famous only withi…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dog Without Feathers review – a mud-caked wild ride through Brazil by Sanjoy Roy

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Performers scurry across the stage in Deborah Colker’s inventive but scattershot show about the people of the Capibaribe River Brazilian choreographer Deborah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Monday, April 15, 2019

The Little Prince review – charming retelling through song and dance by Sanjoy Roy

Gulbenkian theatre, CanterburyFour performers deftly bring the Saint-Exupéry story down to earth in Luca Silvestrini’s comic production In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Thread review – Russell Maliphant and Vangelis join forces in a Hellenic Riverdance by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonRooted in traditional Greek dancing, the choreography only blooms when it ditches folky footwork for more elastic moves The Thread has the hallmarks of a particular k…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:35AM
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Northern Ballet: Victoria review – royal story is a feast of brilliance by Sanjoy Roy

Grand theatre, LeedsCathy Marston’s new ballet about Queen Victoria and her daughter Beatrice is outstandingly choreographed, cinematically scored and danced with nuance Reading is a profo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25AM
Monday, February 11, 2019

James Cousins: Epilogues review – double acts with big ideas by Sanjoy Roy

DanceEast, IpswichThe dramatic aerial swimming and plaintive soundtrack of Cousins’s celebrated 2012 work Within Her Eyes is revived for this intriguing programme of duetsWithin Her Eyes, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Kicking and screaming: how dance became cinema's biggest boogieman by Sanjoy Roy

Suspiria leads a crop of new films that track a dance troupe along a path of mounting horror. It’s no surprise – dance has age-old links to dread, delusion and deathIs dance-horror a thi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Monday, October 22, 2018

Shobana Jeyasingh: Contagion review – the body's feverish battleground by Sanjoy Roy

Imperial War Museum North, ManchesterA dance work about the world flu pandemic that killed millions at the end of the first world war suggests a humanity invadedShobana Jeyasingh’s Contagi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Manon review – an epic fail of the Bechdel test by Sanjoy Roy

Manchester Opera HouseThe story of an ill-treated 18th-century convent girl is troubling, but English National Ballet perform Kenneth MacMillan’s version with breathtaking virtuosityThe op…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Friday, October 5, 2018

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance review – rare and revelatory by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis sublime show features breakdancing, birdsong and a duet that is an insight into the secrets of choreography itselfThey say it’s the quiet ones you have to watc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Monday, September 24, 2018

Point of Echoes review – heave-ho for horror in haunting lighthouse show by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, LondonDesigned to be playable anywhere from local theatres to village halls, Ben Wright’s choreographed play has small resources but creates a big worldThere’s a lot to be sai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Monday, September 17, 2018

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo review – all-male hammy parody of Swan Lake by Sanjoy Roy

The Peacock, LondonIn their much-loved version, the company subtly point out ballet’s constraints on female dancers while preserving the magic of the storyFounded in 1974 and still going s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Contact Young Company and Hetain Patel: Oh Man review – masculinity bites by Sanjoy Roy

Undisclosed location, Salford Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised showThe venue for Oh Man – an h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:04AM
Friday, August 31, 2018

Paul Taylor: the modern dance master whose moves made you feel alive by Sanjoy Roy

The omnivorous and eclectic choreographer who has died aged 88, represented the last of a historic line In the world of dance, the death of choreographer Paul Taylor marks not only the end o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Friday, August 3, 2018

Carmen La Cubana review – revolutionary makeover is a bumpy but heady ride by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis energetic, Cuban-ified version of Carmen Jones whizzes by, ricocheting from comedy to melodrama, intimacy to dancing crowdsCarmen La Cubana is a 2016 Cuban makeo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Friday, July 20, 2018

East Wall review – Hofesh Shechter's dance army lays siege to Tower by Sanjoy Roy

Tower of London The Israeli choreographer led youth groups in an exhilarating open-air performance to celebrate the gory, glorious history of the city’s East EndIt sounds like a sterling i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Monday, July 2, 2018

Dancing City review – dance double acts take ping-pong to the plaza by Sanjoy Roy

Greenwich and Docklands international festival, Canary WharfFrom Joe Garbett’s playful table-tennis mashup to Gandini Juggling’s deadpan duet, dance acts thrived in the open airOpen-air …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM