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Friday, August 21, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Shelter review – moves with our times by Sanjoy Roy

Available onlineJawole Willa Jo Zollar’s three-decade-old piece on homelessness takes on potent new meaning during Covid crisis The best theatre and dance to watch online Some dances seem …

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker review – stunning trio of dance films by Sanjoy Roy

In Hoppla!, Achterland and Mitten, the Belgian dance legend manages a dynamic mix of composition and choreography The Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has always been engross…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dadderrs: The Lockdown Telly Show review – surreality TV gem is a hoot by Sanjoy Roy

Available onlineFrauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver reprise their brave, surreal 2019 show for the coronavirus age In autumn 2019, the married couple Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver toured a…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bouncing back: European dance is kick-started with huge state support by Sanjoy Roy

Dancers are taking tentative steps back to work, giving socially distanced performances outdoors in Germany, France and the Czech Republic Tamas Detrich, director of Germany’s Stuttgart Ba…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

How the Electric Slide became the Black Lives Matter protest dance by Sanjoy Roy

This is a moment of movement: as people gather to push for change, collective dancing has become activism in motion The protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have spread across the…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Northern Ballet: Geisha review – potent fusion of romantic dance and Japanese horror by Sanjoy Roy

Grand theatre, LeedsThis lavish production uses cinematic design to chilling effect and terrific choreography to drive the drama Kenneth Tindall’s Geisha for Northern Ballet echoes the arc…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Revisor review – astonishing take on Gogol demands to be seen again by Sanjoy Roy

Sadler’s Wells, LondonChoreographer Crystal Pite and theatre-maker Jonathon Young combine their worlds for a riveting piece Actors speak, dancers move. In Revisor, choreographer Crystal Pi…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Viviana Durante Company: Isadora Now review – tribute to a trailblazer by Sanjoy Roy

Barbican, LondonSweeping nostalgia meets occult menace in this three-part homage to dance pioneer Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan was a founding figure of modern dance. Replacing ballet’s po…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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