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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Charlotte Spencer Projects: Is This a Waste Land review – devastatingly effective by Sarah Crompton

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonYou the audience are part of the action in this perspective-altering performance for disused spaces The first time I encountered the work of the dance-mak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hofesh Shechter Company: Double Murder review – never less than compelling by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonShechter’s heartfelt response to the pandemic, The Fix, is shaded by his 2016 work Clowns, both performed with spectacular commitment In Carol Reed’s film The Thi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Romeo + Juliet review – glistens with potential by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham HippodromeMagical movement is weighed down by plot as the Rosie Kay Dance Company graft Shakespeare on to modern Midlands life I worry about the dominance of Shakespeare’s Romeo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Dancing in the Streets review – making a riveting virtue of necessity by Sarah Crompton

Edinburgh international festival; available onlineUplifting and full of hope, catch these four tremendous films by dance-makers from Rio, Soweto, Beirut and Edinburgh while you can The Edinb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM

Patrick Marber: ‘I would really like to direct Keir Starmer – he’s got to be funnier’ by Sarah Crompton

The ‘Leopoldstadt’ director, who also helped develop Alan Partridge, speaks to Sarah Crompton about antisemitism, the quasi-racism of Boris Johnson, and reopening the acclaimed Tom Stopp…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:12AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

The week in dance: Carlos Acosta: On Before; Rambert Summer Livestream – review by Sarah Crompton

Norwich Theatre Royal and touring; live streamThere’s so much love in the room for Acosta that a variable programme becomes more than the sum of its parts, while Rambert’s cool virtual b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Royal Ballet Beauty Mixed Programme review – in the theatre, I would have been sobbing by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineMarianela Nuñez’s irresistible Aurora, a Wayne McGregor pas de deux and one soloist’s swansong are highlights of the Royal’s 90th anniversary show As dance shakes out …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Political Mother: The Final Cut; The Life and Times review – Shechter and Clevillé on film by Sarah Crompton

Available online; live streamHofesh Shechter’s groundbreaking 2010 work has lost none of its power, while Scottish Dance’s Joan Clevillé revels in a single take It would be hard to matc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

The week in dance: Balanchine and Robbins; British Ballet Charity Gala; Dangerous Liaisons – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Royal Albert Hall; Sadler’s Wells, LondonVadim Muntagirov excelled in a celebration of American ballet while Darcey Bussell staged an impressive showcase of UK talent Th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Drowntown review – surfing waves of sadness on the seashore by Sarah Crompton

Touring onlineRhiannon Faith’s piece about social deprivation in our seaside towns is gloomy but technically impressive A white space pockmarked with circles of dark dust, like black holes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Alexander Whitley: Overflow; Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, London; touringDancers become cogs in the machine of Whitley’s visually dazzling take on technology, while simplicity speaks volumes in Kay’s extraordinary solo show On…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, May 23, 2021

The week in dance: Reunion; 21st-Century Choreographers reviews – a joyous return by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonCue rapturous applause – and backbends – as the stars of ENB and the Royal Ballet storm back to live performance in two bold, future-facing pro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rambert: Rooms review – breathtaking quick-change skill by Sarah Crompton

Live streamSeventeen dancers play 100 characters in 1,000 costumes in Jo Strømgren’s teeming, beautifully filmed piece, but to what end? Benoit Swan Pouffer took over the artistic leaders…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

The week in dance: Bernstein in a Bubble; The Barre Project (Blake Works II) review – lockdown riches by Sarah Crompton

Available online; live streamAlexei Ratmansky savours every moment in a new work set to Bernstein, while William Forsythe honours the dancer’s relationship with the barre Dance has been ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Dancing Nation review – a powerful reminder of what we're missing by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells/ BBC; available onlineBotis Seva’s BLKDOG, Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire and Shobana Jeyasingh’s Contagion are among the highlights in this top-notch if slightly worthy ce…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dance: Sarah Crompton's five best dance of 2020 by Sarah Crompton

Our critic chooses her highlights, recalling inventive lockdown venues and the emotional return of the Royal Ballet Film: Mark Kermode’s 10 best of 2020 The Observer critics’ review of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Saturday, December 5, 2020

English National Ballet digital season review – a real Christmas bonus by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineFive diversely enjoyable new dance works filmed to watch at home are a testament to artistic director Tamara Rojo’s ambitious guiding principles In her time in charge of En…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Royal Ballet Live: Within the Golden Hour review – a tonic for the soul by Sarah Crompton

Available onlineEven on a laptop, the Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill is a joy to behold When our everyday lives are so confined, there are few more exhilarating pleasures than watching a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Lazuli Sky review – Will Tuckett leads a welcome return by Sarah Crompton

Birmingham RepA timely new work by William Tuckett is the compelling centrepiece of a fine new mixed bill from Carlos Acosta’s BRB “Ballet is back,” announced company friend Alan Titch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage review – an exuberant return by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonFor the RB’s first performance to a live audience since lockdown, Kevin O’Hare prepared an optimistic, invigorating selection of classics The history of the Roya…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, October 4, 2020

The week in dance: Vandekeybus / Rambert, Draw from Within; Hofesh Shechter – review by Sarah Crompton

Wim Vandekeybus lets Rambert loose in a nightmare, while Shechter’s solo piece has a timely sense of constriction The Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus likes to provoke so it’s no su…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36AM
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Strasbourg 1518: reliving a 16th-century ‘dancing plague’ in lockdown by Sarah Crompton

Inspired by the true story of a summer dance mania in 1518, a haunting new Artangel project directed by Jonathan Glazer films lone performers around the world dancing till they drop In the s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Richard Alston Dance Company: Final Edition; Swan Lake – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonAlston and company bow out gracefully in the face of budget cuts with a celebratory, intensely moving farewell showRichard Alston has ended where h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

The week in dance: Isadora Now; 13 Tongues and Dust – review by Sarah Crompton

Barbican; Sadler’s Wells, LondonA magnificent double bill by Taiwan’s radical Cloud Gate Theatre overshadows a hymn to Isadora Duncan that only hints at her freedom and force Someone ask…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, February 23, 2020

The week in dance: The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering; Message in a Bottle – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Peacock theatre, LondonJacqueline du Pré’s life story is translated into a powerfully affecting ballet by Cathy Marston, while Kate Prince defies the odds with a refuge…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Monday, January 27, 2020

Onegin; English National Ballet 70th anniversary gala – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Coliseum, LondonNatalia Osipova leads an unforgettable revival of John Cranko’s take on Pushkin. And English National Ballet’s celebrations bring back happy memories W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Marianela Nuñez: ‘Ballet isn’t elitist – it’s our responsibility to make people get it’ by Sarah Crompton

The Royal Ballet principal on her changing roles, how she dances through difficult emotions, and being ‘a complete bunhead’ Marianela Nuñez is one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Monday, December 30, 2019

Sarah Crompton’s best dance of 2019 by Sarah Crompton

Pam Tanowitz hit home at last, Akram Khan and David Bintley bowed out, and the dance world looked back to Merce Cunningham and Margot Fonteyn This felt like a year that belonged to women. F…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Monday, December 23, 2019

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes review – an enchanted evening by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAshley Shaw makes a triumphant return as doomed ballerina Vicky Page in Bourne’s inspired adaptation The Red Shoes was the film that cemented my love for ballet. I …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Coppélia review – Francesca Hayward captivates by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonHayward gets things off to a flying start as Ninette de Valois’s comic ballet makes an overdue return Dance has a strange relationship with its past. No art form l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Acosta Danza: Evolution; Dorrance Dance: Myelination and other works – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Cuban star returns with a buoyant showcase of his Havana-based company, while Michelle Dorrance takes tap to another level Both Acosta Danza and Dorrance Dance ar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM

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