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Morphed – Tero Saarinen Company: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 10 August 2017

Music Man The most striking thing about the Finnish Tero Saarinen Company’s Morphed was the extraordinarily clamorous music by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Slightly dissonant but heaving with mighty swellings of glorious noise, it was a series of three constantly surprising orchestral … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet – English National Ballet: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 5 August 2017

We aren’t family Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet is forty years old now, which means it’s lasted more than twice Juliet’s life span. It’s English National Ballet’s very own production, the legendary Russian having created it at the behest of … Continue reading

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Hoochie Koochie – Trajal Harrell: Barbican Art Gallery, The Barbican, London, 23 July 2017

London is voguing There’s a ballet by Alexander Ekman called Cacti that basically takes the piss out of critics trying to misguidedly pin meaning onto a choreographers intentions. I felt I was being sucked into the same trap with Trajal … Continue reading

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Tanguera: Sadler’s Wells, 21 July 2017

Fight night Most tango shows designed for the theatre operate on a fairly abstract basis. There’s usually an element of sleazy love but essentially they’re a long line of episodic dance sequences with no connection to each other. When you … Continue reading

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ETM: Double Down – Dorrance Dance: Sadler’s Wells, 12 July 2017

Down at heel In some ways, it’s hard to fault Dorrance Dance’s show ETM: Double Down. The achingly hip New York-based tap dance company have seven outstanding tap dancers that provide an inexhaustible supply of beats, rhythm and joie-de-vivre. They’re … Continue reading

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Coppelia – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, England, 1 July 2017

All dolled up Peter Wright’s production of Coppélia for Birmingham Royal Ballet is a fine looking thing. Peter Farmer’s scenery and costumes are extremely attractive and the whole thing is put together with a breezy cohesion. And when you have … Continue reading

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MC 14/22 & Emergence – Scottish Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 10 June 2017

Corps blimey A double-bill of half-naked bodies. Angelin Preljocaj was the first to capitalise on the lack of budget for shirts, putting his 12 men in long black skirts instead. MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a bruising piece, … Continue reading

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