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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Compañia María Pagés: An Ode to Time review – flamenco’s grande dame flies by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonPagés breathes new life into flamenco’s roots as she performs with the full spectrum of emotion in a thoughtful, history-spanning work Dancers have an interesting …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

A mighty groove: Sadler’s Wells sets up new dance home in east London by Lyndsey Winship

Due to open in Stratford next year, the sibling to the Islington institution will have a special emphasis on local talent, hip-hop and artists of colour The sun is beaming across London’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48PM

Miin: Body to Body review – Korean feminism 101 by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonChoreographer Cha Jinyeob’s intimate and at times opaque exploration of womanhood Seoul-based choreographer Cha Jinyeob has been a judge on Korea’s version of Strictly C…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Friday, June 24, 2022

Birmingham Royal Ballet: On Your Marks! review – Carlos Acosta sketches a bright future by Lyndsey Winship

Birmingham HippodromeThe director manages to stretch ballet’s mould while retaining mass-market appeal with an exhilarating summer triple bill As Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Compañia Manuel Liñán: ¡Viva! review – unbridled all-male flamenco by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThis company of six men show playfulness and humour, but also serious and passionate self-expression As a boy, Manuel Liñán used to love to try on dresses and dance…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:37PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Friday, June 3, 2022

Like Water for Chocolate review – Christopher Wheeldon’s delectable take on a magic-realist love story by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonWheeldon choreographs Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel’s 1989 tale of food and forbidden passions into a fulfilling ballet full of buoyant movement and visually ar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

AIM by Kyle Abraham review – a genre-defying picture of life and hope by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe rightly revered US choreographer returns with an enigmatic piece that blends Mozart with Afrofuturism and feels experimental but authentic Very few choreographer…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
Sunday, May 29, 2022

Carmen review – Osipova’s temptress stretches stage fiction and reality by Lyndsey Winship

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonStar dancer Natalia Osipova oozes drama in contemporary version of Bizet exploring backstage jealousy and on-stage attraction Natalia Osipova has danced many pass…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Christopher Wheeldon: ‘Most boys at ballet school were closeted, terrified our parents would disown us’ by Lyndsey Winship

As his version of Like Water for Chocolate opens at the Royal Opera House, the choreographer talks about how the ballet world is changing – and why he took on the Michael Jackson musical O…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Written in the Body review – subtle meditation on the sense of touch by Lyndsey Winship

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, BrightonChoreographer Charlotte Spencer probes our experience of the world via our bodies, skin and hands It was a post-lockdown cliche to say we w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Circa: Sacre review – an original and awesome Stravinsky reboot by Lyndsey Winship

Theatre Royal, BrightonAustralian circus group Circa debuts a beautifully detailed interpretation of The Rite of Spring Since Nijinsky’s riot-inducing premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps (Th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

High hoops: how two brothers became Africa’s biggest circus duo by Lyndsey Winship

Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam went from juggling at school in Ethiopia to dazzling audiences with their circus skills around the world. So what’s next? It all started with three oranges. One …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM

Rambert review – whirlwinds of wow by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe company’s touring triple bill is a showcase of individual brilliance that testifies to the sure creative hand of artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer When arti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Grease review – room-filling energy, nostalgia and first-rate tunes by Lyndsey Winship

Dominion theatre, LondonThe unreconstructed sexism remains but so too do the big song and dance numbers in a production featuring Peter Andre If you don’t like the idea of joining an entir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Dance legend Alonzo King: ‘People think of love as a sentiment but it’s a force’ by Lyndsey Winship

The revered American choreographer looks back at his political family life and the inspiration of his mother’s movement ahead of a rare UK production with Rambert During the endless screen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Ballet Black review – powerful pairing from the trailblazing troupe by Lyndsey Winship

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonThe rich abilities of the dancers are beautifully showcased in the double bill of Say It Loud and Black Sun Over the past 21 years, Ballet Black have blaz…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:33AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022

Matsena Productions / House of Absolute review – intense, raw dance by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, London This double bill brings a dramatic response to racial harassment and an affirmation of female power. Together, they showcase the vibrant talent in these two British …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM

Ballet Hispánico review – Latinx bite, humour and vogueing in heels by Lyndsey Winship

Curve, LeicesterThe New York company makes a long-awaited English debut with a colourful and lively triple bill that interrogates Latinx stereotypes while celebrating self-actualisation It…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Shechter II: Contemporary Dance 2.0 review – young steppers pulse to a clubby score by Lyndsey Winship

Watford Palace theatreHofesh Shechter’s hardworking junior company move through Latin, locking, electronic beats and Bach Hofesh Shechter’s dance always gives way to darkness at some poi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

Royal Ballet triple bill review – daredevil effervescence and virtuosity by Lyndsey Winship

Royal Opera House, LondonSteven McRae returns from injury to the role he’d made his own in Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody, while two other Ashton works make up an evening of playful combina…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

National Dance Company Wales review – comedy and menace with rumbling tums and giant steps by Lyndsey Winship

The Place, LondonA triple bill from this bright young company features entertainingly noisy body parts, a hint of disaster and some absurdist chaos NDC Wales are a very likable bunch of danc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Ultimate sleazeball or tortured romantic? The truth about serial seducer Casanova by Lyndsey Winship

He’s been portrayed as a lascivious lothario, a likable scamp and even a female librarian. But who was the real Casanova? As the world’s most infamous lover returns to the stage, our wri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

‘I would say that we trailblaze’: dance dynamo Pawlet Brookes by Lyndsey Winship

For more than a decade, Let’s Dance International Frontiers has brought fantastic talent to the stage in Leicester. Its founder looks back – and ahead ‘You see people diversifying the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Mystery Sonatas/for Rosa review – prayers, patterns and a sudden loss of trousers by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAnne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s piece, dedicated to women of resistance, trades on lightness and simplicity but is overlong This show is dedicated to women of resistan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Friday, April 8, 2022

Akram Khan’s Jungle Book Reimagined review – a bleak post-apocalyptic vision by Lyndsey Winship

Curve theatre, LeicesterA grim, sporadically great show sees Mowgli saved by animals who have taken over idle land in the wake of climate disaster News bulletins announce forest fires in nor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

‘I couldn’t keep it inside’: ballet star Olga Smirnova on quitting the Bolshoi and fleeing Russia by Lyndsey Winship

After Putin invaded Ukraine, the Russian dancer denounced the war, left the Kremlin-allied company – and flew out of Moscow that night. As she prepares for her debut at the Dutch National …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Johannes Radebe: Freedom review – Strictly star leaves it all on the floor by Lyndsey Winship

Peacock theatre, LondonThe dancer takes us on his personal journey from South African township to 2020s London with speed, sass and sequins If you’re a fan of Strictly Come Dancing’s Joh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

‘Two years ago it was impossible’: how tech turns dance into a multisensory fantasy by Lyndsey Winship

From the Barbican in London to shopping centres around the country, audiences can become part of sophisticated new XR dance spectaculars – diving into Lewis Carroll’s imagination or an e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM

English National Ballet: The Forsythe Evening review – feel the funk by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe energy is infectious as William Forsythe blends classical ballet with soul, house and R&B, from James Blake to Barry White Choreographer William Forsythe has …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Phoenix Dance Theatre review – tender and tense performances mark 40 years by Lyndsey Winship

Peacock theatre, LondonThe Leeds-based company come out fighting with family stories, purposeful dancing and a boxing-themed finale In 1981, Phoenix Dance Company was a group of three men in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM