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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nederlands Dans Theater review – a superb troupe of dancers by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonNDT present four pieces including a brilliant reunion for Betroffenheit’s Crystal Pite and Jonathon YoungNederlands Dans Theater is a company of outstanding dancers…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Icarus review – sky-high street dance with a golden touch by Sanjoy Roy

Greenwich and Docklands international festival, LondonSouthpaw’s open-air work combines the combative prowess of its performers with punchily rhythmic dynamicsNewcastle-based Southpaw Danc…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Semperoper Ballett: All Forsythe review – a triple blast from the master by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe German company perform a trio of suspenseful, deadpan and always sparkling works by William ForsytheIt is not uncommon to see a William Forysthe piece on a ballet…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Woyzeck review – hallucinatory adaptation tightens its grip as its hero loses his by Sanjoy Roy

Birmingham Repertory theatreMore than 100 community performers help fill this ambitious modern-day retelling with soldiers, clubbers, salsa, bhangra, robots, ghosts and Pina Bausch-style cho…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

In Search of Dinozord review – the quest for hope in a ravaged nation by Sanjoy Roy

The Place, LondonChoreographer Faustin Linyekula brings a ground-shaking intensity to his odyssey through the virulent history of CongoIn Search of Dinozord begins, as earthquakes do, with a…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Akram Khan: Xenos review – his body as a battleground by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe influential choreographer’s final solo show is a mythic elegy to India’s war deadIt is surely key to Akram Khan’s magnetism that his first training was in k…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Seafarers review – a gloriously mournful ode to the ocean by Sanjoy Roy

Norfolk and Norwich festivalJigs, folk music and melancholic messages marked this seafront revival of Stopgap Dance Company’s poetic open-air showSandwiched between the beachfront Sea Life…

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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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