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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, …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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