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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Why superstar ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was 'as big as Mick Jagger' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Two upcoming films celebrate the Soviet sensation who became an icon in the West at the very height of the Cold War

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:54AM
Friday, September 14, 2018

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance, Sadler's Wells, review: A slight selection of short works by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Big stars, good intentions, underpowered results. In Pure Dance, ballerina Natalia Osipova has put together an evening of short works, mostly new commissions. It's a chance to see this marve…

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:54AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Play, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London: Beyoncé's dancer is a deft and flexible performer by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa's show is playful, affectionate and curious.

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:06AM
Monday, September 3, 2018

Velvet Petal, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, dance review: 'Sensuous and powerfully theatrical' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Scottish Dance Theatre's Velvet Petal is packed with vivid images of seduction, transformation and discovery

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:18AM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Backbone, Royal Festival Hall, London, review: A circus without sequins by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Nobody is here to strike sexy poses or to act out stereotypes

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:42AM
Friday, August 3, 2018

Carmen La Cubana, Sadler's Wells, review - A fast-paced, high-energy staging by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Created by British director Christopher Renshaw, this new musical reframes the narrative of Bizet's opera, in an orchestration by Hamilton's Alex Lacamoire

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:12PM
Friday, July 20, 2018

East Wall, Tower of London, London, review: Hofesh Shechter's large-scale dance show storms the Tower by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A dozen companies, including a military band, a gospel choir, multiple youth dance groups, are brought together for this high energy show

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:06AM
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Head & the Load, Tate Modern, London, review: William Kentridge's piece about Africans in WWI is electrifying by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Sculpture, song, and shadow play are used to tell the story of 1.5 million Africans who worked as porters and carriers during the war

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:12AM
Friday, July 6, 2018

Goldberg Variations, Barbican, London, review: A thoughtful and teasing take on Bach from both dancers and musicians by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A collaboration between the string players of Scottish Ensemble and Swedish choreographer Örjan Andersson, where both sides feel like equal dancing partners

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:42PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Crystal Pite's The Statement is a dazzling account of complicity, naivety and gui by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A horrifying and often hilarious look at backroom politics impresses, but the rest of the programme can't match it

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:42AM
Monday, June 25, 2018

Mercenary, Battersea Arts Centre, London, review: Dance meets football in this gruelling look at Qatar 2022 by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Footballer-turned-artist Ahil Ratnamohan examines the 2022 Qatar World Cup from the point of view of its migrant workforce

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:48AM
Friday, June 22, 2018

All Forsythe, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Semperoper's dancers are fresh and vivid by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

This Dresden-based company are specialists in William Forsythe's bold, athletic work, danced here as if it were as natural as breathing

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:04AM
Monday, June 18, 2018

Polarity & Proximity, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Birmingham Royal Ballet dazzle their way through new and recent work by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Three pieces by George Williamson, Alexander Whitley and Twyla Tharp are danced with boldness and individuality

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:42AM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Plenty of gusto by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The lovers could use more spark, but this is a warm account of Kenneth MacMillan's passionate production

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Friday, June 8, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum, review: Has a gleaming performance from Alina Cojocaru at its heart by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

There's a warmth and confidence in English National Ballet's production that makes the fairy tale's magic sing

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:42AM
Monday, June 4, 2018

A Night with Boy Blue, Barbican, London, review: The powerhouse brand at its warmest and and most inclusive by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

129 dancers of all ages and body types fill the stage for this big, confident hip hop showcase

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:48AM
Thursday, May 31, 2018

XENOS, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Akram Khan's farewell performance emphasises his stamina by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The last full-length show he'll dance evokes the shell-shock of an Indian soldier in the trenches of the First World War

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:12PM
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Life is a Dream, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Rambert's first evening-length work for decades is understated by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Kim Brandstrup's new adaptation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca 17th century play is a dance narrative in a hall of mirrors

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:04PM
Friday, May 18, 2018

Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London, review: A high stakes new production pays off by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A new Swan Lake is a once-in-a-generation thing – and Liam Scarlett's starry and spectacular staging proves suitably grand

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:04AM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Elizabeth, Barbican, London, review: A magnificent central performance but a trivial view of its subject by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Zenaida Yanowsky is superb as the Tudor queen in Will Tuckett's dance drama, but the work struggles to look beyond her relationship with men

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:06AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jane Eyre, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Catches the fierceness of one of literature's angriest heroines by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Nevermind Rochester and romance: Northern Ballet's staging sees Jane step into the spotlight as her own woman

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:04AM
Monday, May 14, 2018

Crave, Barbican, London, review: Dance version of Sarah Kane's play is coolly abstract by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The overlap of dance and theatre is uneven Julie Cunningham & Company's staging of the playwright's bleak text

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:04AM
Friday, May 11, 2018

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Lin Hwai-Min's farewell has a new urgency by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Combining contemporary dance, qi gong, martial arts and calligraphy, this Taiwanese dance company explore the colonial history of their island

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:36AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Show, Hofesh Shecter Company, Lyric Hammersmith, London, review: Murderous clowns and insistent beats by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Eight dancers move in unison before killing each other in stylised gesture, carried along by Hofesh Shecter's driving score

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:04AM
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Troth, Southbank Centre, London, review: Pays tribute to 60,000 Indian soldiers who died in WWI by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Based on Chandradhar Sharma Guleri's celebrated Hindi short story 'Usne Kaha Tha', Akademi performed The Troth as part of the Alchemy festival

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:54AM

Breakin' Convention, Sadler's Wells, London, review: The hip hop dance festival breaks new ground by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival launched into live music, a joyful collaboration with musicians from Jazz re:freshed

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Monday, April 30, 2018

Windrush: Movement of the People, Peacock Theatre, London, review: Both timely and heartfelt by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Made to mark the Windrush 70th anniversary, Phoenix Dance Theatre's narrative work has instead become painfully topical

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:48AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DFS, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Ballet meets Jamaican dancehall by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Sound and movement rhythms are set against each other in a show that throws in mediaeval singing, a dancehall soundtrack, and clopping pointe shoes

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:32AM
Monday, April 23, 2018

Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time, Barbican, London, review: These vanishingly rare ballets are surprisingly strong by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Dancers from Ballet Black, the Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet come together for a programme of Kenneth MacMillan's early, story-telling work

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:06AM
Monday, April 16, 2018

Voices of America, Sadler's Wells, London, review: William Forsythe takes the English National Ballet clubbing by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A new programme of works by American artists sets ballet to electronic music with joyful results

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:36AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards