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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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32 rue Vandenbranden – Peeping Tom: The Barbican, London, 29 January 2015

Snowly does it The closing section of Peeping Tom’s 32 rue Vandenbranden was effectively a series of superb solos and duets. The way Maria Carolina Viera, for example, yanked her body around herself was extraordinary, the expression of dire denigration … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2015

Vasocaru nail it English National Ballet’s Swan Lake is a very decent production and when you slot into it two dancers of the calibre of Ivan Vasiliev and Alina Cojocaru you find yourself in the middle of a highly memorable … Continue reading

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Mixed Bill 2014 – Phoenix Dance Theatre: Linbury Theatre Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 26 November 2014

Hmm, mixed indeed Three sets of choreographers found their way onto Phoenix Dance Theatre’s new mixed bill: Christopher Bruce, Ivgi & Greben and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Not all of them produced work of merit. Christopher Bruce had two short pieces … Continue reading

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Solo for Two – Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev: London Coliseum, 6 August 2014

Nono for tutu Two of the world’s most famous ballet dancers, Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, strode onto the London Coliseum and dabbled their dextrous toes in three contemporary works specially created for them by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin … Continue reading

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