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Mám – Michael Keegan-Dolan: Sadler’s Wells, 5 February 2020

Feeling sheepish Michael Keegan-Dolan and his company Teaċ Daṁsa (House of Dance) shot to fame with their debut production – Loch na hEala, a fresh take on Swan Lake. Mám is their follow-up and although it got a pretty universal … Continue reading

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Ballet Icons Gala 2020 – Various Artists: London Coliseum, 26 January 2020

Not exactly going to the bingo The costumes were something else at the London Coliseum for the Ballet Icons Gala 2020. Rainbow sequinned split-leg dresses with floor-smothering trains, crystal-embellished silver chainmail headscarves, peach pleated tulle ballgowns with ruffles, and even … Continue reading

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Le Corsaire – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 8 January 2020

A coarse hare. That’s so bunny The plot is ludicrous, the music is so rompty-pompty it’s laughable and there are so many individual variations that it feels like you’re submerged in the quagmire of the Prix de Lausanne, but somehow … Continue reading

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Svetlana Zakharova – Modanse: London Coliseum, 3 December 2019

Classy and fabulous Svetlana Zakharova is the undisputed doyen of the Bolshoi Ballet, a superstar in Russia and many other countries. Like several other world-renowned ballerinas before her, in Modanse she dabbles in creating a show beyond the confines of … Continue reading

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Giselle – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 1 November 2019

Wili or won’t he? Galina Samsova and David Bintley’s 1999 Giselle is as traditional as they come – in fact, it’s more traditional than most, even to the point of restoring music from the original 1841 production (a perfectly pleasant … Continue reading

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Triple Bill – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 29 October 2019

Nein, Sinatra Songs As ballet triple bills go, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest was as diverse as they come. The night opened with a brand new piece, Jack Lister’s A Brief Nostalgia, and closed with Twyla Tharp’s ballroom-lite Nine Sinatra Songs, … Continue reading

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Mixed Bill – Dutch National Ballet Junior Company: 5 July 2019, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Making Sense As part of the Royal Opera House’s Young Talent Festival in the Linbury Theatre, Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company showed London just how good they are. Aimed at bridging the gap between leaving school and joining a company … Continue reading

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