Category Archives: Sadler’s Wells

Casanova – Northern Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 9 May 2017

New house, as they almost say in Italy When will I be able to watch a new story ballet without having to read the synopsis first in order to understand it? There’s no question that a full-length narrative without words … Continue reading

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The Toad Knew – James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton: Sadler’s Wells, London, 3 May 2017

Wind but no willows There are lots of good things in James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton’s delirious The Toad Knew, yet, despite an excellent cast and some great visuals, it somehow struggles to maintain interest levels. Set in a … Continue reading

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Bausch/Forsythe/van Manen – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 23 March 2017

Pina Will Hans Finally, after gawd knows how long, I finally got to see Pina Bausch’s soil-strewn The Rite of Spring. Not by Tanztheater Wuppertal but, unthinkable as it would have seemed just a few years ago, by English National … Continue reading

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Echoes & I Imagine – Aakesh Odedra Company: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London, 9 March 2017

Ring my bell There’s no denying that Aakesh Odedra is a beautiful dancer – The Guardian newspaper even says he is on the front of the programme. On this double bill currently touring the UK, one piece demonstrated this superbly, … Continue reading

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The Red Shoes – Matthew Bourne: Sadler’s Wells, London, 14 December 2016

Dance the blues You know how usually a movie doesn’t live up to the book? Well, here’s a case of a dance show that doesn’t live up to the movie. Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 film The Red Shoes has become … Continue reading

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The Peony Pavilion – National Ballet of China: Sadler’s Wells, London, 29 November 2016

Flowering nicely In narrative terms, The Peony Pavilion asks a lot of its audience – this has to be the first time I’ve watched a show where the main protagonist dies in the middle without any indication that she is … Continue reading

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Akram Khan’s Giselle – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 17 November 2016

Gisbloodyelle this is good Every now and again you watch a show that simply blows your mind. This was that show. Somehow Akram Khan has taken the hackneyed tale of a 19th century love-struck peasant girl and turned it into … Continue reading

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