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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘a superb revival’ by Anna Winter

There isn’t a wasted step in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. It’s been more than 20 years since Bourne’s brawny male birds first

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Cinderella and the Beanstalk review at Theatre503, London – ‘screwball energy’ by Anna Winter

Cinderella and Prince Charming have bonded over a shared passion for DIY and bathroom sealant, Rumpelstiltskin is on the rampage and the

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Prima ballerina Natalia Osipova: ‘I don’t like it when artists get involved in politics’ by Anna Winter

Dazzling audiences at Covent Garden for five years, the Royal Ballet principal tells Anna Winter about the differences between dancing in Russia

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Wind in the Willows review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘inventive in-the-round staging’ by Anna Winter

The New Vic’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic is full of gentle whimsy and clever stagecraft. The cast of accomplished actor-musicians begins

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Don’t Forget the Birds review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘tender, honest and superbly performed’ by Anna Winter

What happens when you’re released from prison? In the words of Cheryl Byron, who served three years inside HMP Low Newton, it’s

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dystopian Dream review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘flashes of brilliance’ by Anna Winter

Dystopian Dream is an ambitious theatrical setting of Nitin Sawhney’s 2015 album, choreographed and performed by dance duo Honji Wang and Sebastien

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Unknown Soldier review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘slight and sentimental’ by Anna Winter

If only there was a sense of rage in Alastair Marriott’s new one act ballet The Unknown Soldier, which opens the latest

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Hot Lane review at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent – ‘a talented cast’ by Anna Winter

It’s 1956 and a prodigal daughter returns to the Potteries after 13 years of mysterious exile in Deborah McAndrew’s latest work for

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Fat Blokes review at Southbank Centre, London –’visibility, vulnerability and sensuality’ by Anna Winter

With the help of four participants (some of whom have never performed professionally before), Scottee is staging a fat rebellion. It’s a

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Friday, November 9, 2018

BalletLorent choreographer Liv Lorent: ‘I’m female, I’m in the north and I make family work. That’s a triple whammy’ by Anna Winter

It’s been 25 years since choreographer Liv Lorent set up dance theatre company BalletLorent. Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the company is known for

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rambert2 review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘a thrilling triple bill’ by Anna Winter

Rambert2 has arrived. Made up of 13 newly-graduated dancers from around the world, Rambert’s new junior company is a blazingly talented troupe

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Friday, November 2, 2018

La Bayadere review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘mesmeric and moving’ by Anna Winter

First performed in St Petersburg in 1877, Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere is a grand Imperial classic set to broadly danceable tunes by

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Isabella Rossellini’s Link Link review at Southbank Centre – ‘informative, inventive and charming’ by Anna Winter

With a master’s degree in animal behaviour and conservation under her belt, Isabella Rossellini brings a spirit of generosity and wit to

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Reckonings review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘promising new commissions’ by Anna Winter

Sadler’s Wells celebrates the 20th anniversary of its transformation into a purpose-built dance house with a promising triple bill of new work

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As Sadler’s Wells hits 20, meet the emerging choreographers shaping its future by Anna Winter

Race, politics, disability – these are the issues a trio of emerging choreographers are pushing to the forefront at the iconic London

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘cerebral, mischievous and sublime’ by Anna Winter

Quiet it may be, but William Forsythe’s latest evening of dance at Sadler’s Wells resounds with an extraordinary cerebral and imaginative force.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dennis of Penge review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘clever and compassionate musical storytelling’ by Anna Winter

Annie Siddons’ Dennis of Penge is a mighty piece of poetic storytelling. By turns ribald and sublime, it’s a cri de coeur

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘dramatic intensity and dreamy partnerships’ by Anna Winter

Russian-born Royal Ballet star Natalia Osipova returns to Sadler’s Wells with a largely triumphant mixed bill of contemporary and classical fare. Her

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Backbone review at Southbank Centre, London – ‘bold, colourful circus show exploring notions of strength’ by Anna Winter

Backbone, by Australian circus company Gravity and Other Myths, derives some of its strength from upending our big-top expectations. There’s a false

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Artist review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘Artful, inventive and playful’ by Anna Winter

Circus performer and clown Thom Monckton makes an art form out of dawdling around in this deft and almost perfectly paced solo

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Friday, August 10, 2018

May I Speak About Dance? review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘strange, funny and educational’ by Anna Winter

A hefty gold dildo makes a star turn in choreographer Boaz Barkan’s eccentric lecture-performance May I Speak About Dance? The shimmering phallus in

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cock, Cock… Who’s There? review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating and unsettling’ by Anna Winter

Five years ago, Finnish-born filmmaker Samira Elagoz was raped by her then-boyfriend. In the aftermath, she records conversations with her friends, mother

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Casus: You and I review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘circus, magic and a touch of tango’ by Anna Winter

You and I is a likeable, personal show by Casus co-founders and off-stage partners Jesse Scott and Lachlan McAulay that celebrates and

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘fancy footwork and frivolity’ by Anna Winter

Cha-cha heels and cheese abound in Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom, a cheerful hour-long exhibition of glitzy costumes, snappy technique and

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Cold Blood at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Exquisitely clever show with dancing fingers’ by Anna Winter

Cold Blood is something truly special. Like Kiss and Cry Collective’s eponymous first show, which was also the brainchild of film-maker Jaco

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Giselle by Ballet Ireland review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘full-blooded reimagining staged with zeal’ by Anna Winter

Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela recasts Giselle as a modern horror, complete with a mortuary scene, in this ambitious and atmospheric full-length ballet (the

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Monday, August 6, 2018

A Clown Show About Rain review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘gently poignant’ by Anna Winter

There are galoshes, buckets and cuppas galore in A Clown Show About Rain, a gently poignant piece of physical theatre about the

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The Spinners review – goddesses on a quietly stunning odyssey by Anna Winter

Dance Base, EdinburghThe three Fates of Greek mythology preside over human destiny from a cosmic sweatshop in this captivating piece of dance-theatreThe Spinners, a collaboration between Sco…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Jungle review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘crass, baffling dance-drama’ by Anna Winter

Pink Mama Theatre’s Jungle purports to be about the legacy of colonialism. It is baffling, tedious and momentously misguided. For 45 minutes,

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Wrongheaded review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘subtle and poignant’ by Anna Winter

Two female dancers tread gingerly across an empty space. Beneath them, a video projection on the floor displays fleeting images of stark

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This Is the Title review – elegant b-boy dance exhilarates and frustrates by Anna Winter

Dance Base, EdinburghIma Iduozee slinks and swoops with insouciant ease in this solo piece, but patchy sound design and a ponderous self-indulgence hold the show backFinnish dancer and chore…

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