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Open Door/Piazzolla Caldera/Revelations – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Sadler’s Wells, London, 7 September 2016

Latin Americans More than a touch of Latin flair filled two-thirds of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2nd Programme in their 2016 Sadler’s Wells residency. Ronald K. Brown’s brilliant Open Door was first up. From a plaintive little jazz piano … Continue reading

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Horror – Jakop Ahlbom Company: Peacock Theatre, London, 25 January 2016

Schlocking hell If you ever wanted to see someone have their intestine pulled out through their mouth, then this might be the thing for you. Don’t think, however, that Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror is some kind of carnival freak show – … Continue reading

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Farewell My Concubine – China National Peking Opera Company: Sadler’s Wells, 20 November 2015

Faring very well Not having been to London for 10 years, the China National Peking Opera Company brought a real humdinger with them in Farewell My Concubine. Not at all like western opera it felt more like a play with … Continue reading

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Dance Film: Zeynep Dagli – experience dans une grotte

Going underground You’d think that the visual integrity of dance would make an ideal subject for film yet for years many have struggled to capture the feel of live performance. Of course, another option is to create something specially for … Continue reading

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Preview: Northen Ballet – Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile: Richmond Theatre, 9-10 June 2015

A bit of Butterfly flutters muttering by Leeds-based Northern Ballet is not only one of the UK’s finest ballet companies but also one of the world’s – in 2014 they won Best Company at the European Taglioni Ballet Awards. They’ve … Continue reading

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Romeo et Juliette – Les Ballets de Monte Carlo: London Coliseum, 23 April 2015

Stir it up I’m not going to talk about the ending of this Romeo et Juliette. If you’re going to watch it, it’s best you make your own judgement. Regardless, it’s the material leading up to it that’s interesting. Bare … Continue reading

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The Car Man – Matthew Bourne: New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 22 April 2015

Down, down, deeper on down For the first 10 minutes or so of The Car Man there’s a lot of big ensemble dancing and bullying but not a great deal of plot. With the arrival of a drifter named Luca … Continue reading

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Petrushka – New York Philharmonic/Giants Are Small: Barbican Centre, London, 19 April 2015

Roll up, roll up! It’s not every day that you see an orchestra of such international esteem as the New York Philharmonic all wearing fluffy hats when they’re playing. But that’s the sort of thing that happens when you put … Continue reading

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Preview: Matthew Bourne – The Car Man: New Wimbledon Theatre, 21-25 April 2015

No smoking One of Matthew Bourne’s great calling cards is the way he takes a well-known story, gives it a whopping big shake and then twists it into something uniquely his. The Car Man is no exception. Based on Bizet’s … Continue reading

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…in the middle with you – Hagit Yakira Dance: Rich Mix, London, 13 March 2015

Stealing wheels Often with contemporary dance shows, you find yourself in a black box with no scenery and minimal lighting. A performer will step onto the floor in t-shirt and trackie bottoms, start talking in deeply nonsensical quotes and your … Continue reading

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