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Against the Stream – Ivan Putrov Presents: London Coliseum, 7 April 2019

A river-ting watch? Ivan Putrov, mastermind behind shows such as Men in Motion, is back with his new blockbuster, Against the Stream. Celebrating choreographers who’ve defied convention in order to move the art of dance forward (although there’s nothing here … Continue reading

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She Persisted – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 4 April 2019

You got Nora rite to break my wings In 2016 Tamara Rojo announced that English National Ballet were going to present a Triple Bill of all female choreographers called She Said. It caused quite a fuss at the time, highlighting … Continue reading

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Preview: Ivan Putrov presents Against the Stream: London Coliseum, 7 April 2019

It’s all going swimmingly Ex-Royal Ballet star turned impresario who’s gained something of a reputation for excellence with his Men in Motion shows, Ivan Putrov has put together a very special one-off performance at the London Coliseum on 7 April … Continue reading

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Manon – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 16 January 2019

52B or not 2B It says a lot about the strength of Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography that this Manon’s power remains undiminished despite Mia Stensgaard’s underwhelming staging. Very different in style from Nicholas Georgiadis’ original designs, Stensgaard made hers for The … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: London Coliseum: 3 January 2019

Corps don bleu The sight of a tightly-knit group of white tutus arranged in their geometric patterns in the lakeside acts of Swan Lake is one of the great experiences in world theatre. English National Ballet have got it nailed … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 December 2018

The Holy Treenity Completing this year’s triumvirate of Nutcrackers in London, Birmingham Royal Ballet have taken over the Royal Albert Hall for a few days to sometimes spectacular effect. Unfortunately there’s also a lot of slack and a sense that … Continue reading

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Layla and Majnun – Mark Morris Dance Group, Silkroad Ensemble: Sadler’s Wells, 13 November 2018

Layla, Layla, wherefore art thou Layla? Layla and Majnun is a centuries old Middle-Eastern love story common to cultures across ethnic and religious divides. The two eponymous characters love each other but Layla’s parents disapprove of Majnun and force their … Continue reading

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