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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hip-hop to haute couture: dance's love affair with fashion by Sarah Crompton

From the ballet performances like 17th century catwalk shows to Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw in a tutu, two exhibitions explore a stylish symbiotic relationship The shy bookseller pl…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Concerto/ Enigma Variations/ Raymonda Act III; Russell Maliphant: Silent Lines – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe Royal Ballet is at the top of its game in a new triple bill of MacMillan, Ashton and a pinch of Petipa, while Russell Maliphant creates a mesme…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cross Currents/ Monotones II/ Everyone Keeps Me; Danse Élargie – review by Sarah Crompton

Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonPam Tanowitz’s dazzling new piece for the Royal Ballet worked perfectly alongside Ashton and Cunningham. Elsewhere, the best of …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The week in dance: Gisèle Vienne: Crowd; Dada Masilo: Giselle – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonGisèle Vienne creates a mesmeric night of intrigue at a rave, while South African whirlwind Dada Masilo makes a ballet classic her own The women are coming: dark, da…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Manon; Boy Blue: REDD review – five-star performances rise above the fray by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Barbican, LondonThe Royal Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb, and Boy Blue’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, excel in otherwise laboured productions One reason critics …

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Lazarus/Revelations – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA hip-hop tribute to Alvin Ailey dazzles with its thrilling interpretation of African American livesThe shadow of Alvin Ailey has always stood over the company he fou…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote review – makes the heart sing by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Bolshoi’s London residency concludes with more breathtaking old-school brilliance The dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet have packed up their London base and gone h…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet review – the thrilling shock of the new by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBourne and his superb dancers inject visceral new life into Shakespeare’s overworked tragedy You’ve got to hand it to Matthew Bourne, choreographer extraordinaire…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

The week in dance: The Crucible; The Bright Stream – review by Sarah Crompton

Edinburgh Playhouse; Royal Opera House, LondonHelen Pickett’s inspired new reworking of an American classic is a keeper. And the Bolshoi’s comic turns on a collective farm prove irresist…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

NYDC/Botis Seva: Madhead; Young Associates: Together, Not the Same – review by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonYoung hearts ran free in the National Young Dance Company’s thrilling Madhead, but too much was asked of four promising choreographersEnd of term in the dance world…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Maggie the Cat review - wit and passion abound by Sarah Crompton

The Dancehouse, ManchesterTrajal Harrell’s thrilling take on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stands apart at the Manchester international festival – but more is less elsewhere Sometimes you see a …

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sergei Polunin/Rasputin; Royal Ballet; San Francisco Ballet; Kalakuta Republik – review by Sarah Crompton

London Palladium; Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells; BarbicanThe Firebird gets a new lease of life, while San Francisco Ballet mixes Björk with Edith Wharton. Plus, a tribute to a top Fel…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pam Tanowitz Dance: Four Quartets – review by Sarah Crompton

Barbican Centre, LondonTanowitz’s distinctive choreography, seen for the first time outside the US, is a ravishing interpretation of TS Eliot’s poem “We shall not cease from exploratio…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Rambert: McGregor/ Motin/ Shechter review – back to the future by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA new work by Marion Motin holds its own alongside two old favourites in this Rambert triple billIt’s a good idea from Rambert’s new leadership team of Helen Shut…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Romeo and Juliet review – star-cross'd magic from Matthew Ball and Lauren Cuthbertson by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe principals lead an emotionally charged reprise of Royal Ballet’s old faithful At its premiere in 1965, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet broke new ground:…

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The one language we all speak: why dance is more popular than ever by Sarah Crompton

From TV’s ‘Strictly’ to films about Nureyev and Acosta, the art form once dismissed as elitist is everywhere. One dance critic explains why… It feels like the future,” says the BBC…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Russell Maliphant and Vangelis: The Thread review – Greek is the word by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMyth meets modernity in this profound and thrilling collaboration In the beginning there is a circle of dancers under a golden light, wrapped together like a liquoric…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Bon Voyage, Bob review – striving for significance by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonTanztheater Wuppertal’s magnificent dancers are let down by Alan Lucien Øyen’s stultifying meditation on loss What was it that made Pina Bausch so special? How d…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Elaine McDonald obituary by Sarah Crompton

Ballerina who helped build a bridge between classical ballet and the contemporary worldElaine McDonald, who has died aged 75, was one of Britain’s most distinctive ballerinas. Her role as …

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Until the Lions review – Akram Khan’s modern masterpiece by Sarah Crompton

Roundhouse, LondonKhan performs in his intensely beautiful take on the Mahabharata for the last timeAkram Khan made Until the Lions to be performed in the magical, circular space of London…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Akram Khan: ‘My children have forced me to look at the future’ by Sarah Crompton

The dancer on fatherhood and the environment, patriarchy and myth – and the feminine nature of danceBorn in Wimbledon, where his father ran an Indian restaurant, Akram Khan, 44, is one of …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Playwright Lynn Nottage: ‘We are a country that has lost our narrative’ by Sarah Crompton

As Sweat opens in London, the only female dramatist to win two Pulitzers talks about America’s left-behind, her intensive research – and why she’s writing about Michael Jackson nextIt…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Agatha Christie: the case of theatre's criminal mastermind by Sarah Crompton

The queen of the whodunnit has never gone away, but with John Malkovich playing Poirot and two radical stage adaptations, it’s no mystery why a new generation is falling for herThe interio…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

'He was flying': how Rudolph Nureyev defied gravity by Sarah Crompton

He was an explosively powerful dancer whose grace and beauty revolutionised ballet. Has anyone ever leapt higher? As two Nureyev films appear, we remember the impoverished Russian kid who el…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pierre Rigal: Scandale review – a little more va-va-voom? by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA French hip-hop dance show is elegant and intellectually robust but it never really gets going“This is hip-hop dance theatre at its most curious,” the programme …

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