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Layla and Majnun – Mark Morris Dance Group, Silkroad Ensemble: Sadler’s Wells, 13 November 2018

Layla, Layla, wherefore art thou Layla? Layla and Majnun is a centuries old Middle-Eastern love story common to cultures across ethnic and religious divides. The two eponymous characters love each other but Layla’s parents disapprove of Majnun and force their … Continue reading

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The Emperor and the Concubine – China National Peking Opera Company: Sadler’s Wells, 20 October 2018

It’s opera Jim, but not as we know it You have to love bright, bright colours to enjoy Chinese opera. The costumes and staging dazzle with the stuff, and that’s not to mention the sparkle of the women’s remarkable headdresses. … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 12 June 2018

Similar but not the same This is Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet all right, it just looks different, that’s all. Birmingham Royal Ballet acquired MacMillan’s masterpiece in 1992 but both company and choreographer agreed that new designs would be in … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Beauty – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 6 January 2018

Rising to the Occasion Alina Cojocaru is back! And how. After a decent warm-up in William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in April, she took to the Coliseum stage in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty for English National … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre – Northern Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 15 May 2018

Eyre to the throne Nineteenth century British literary fiction  has something of a low profile when it comes to ballet. It’s surprising really – perhaps everyone’s too busy doing Shakespeare remakes – but Cathy Marston has proved there’s plenty of … Continue reading

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Voices of America – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 12 April 2018

Forsythe Hindsight The big news in English National Ballet’s new Mixed Bill, Voices of America, was a world premiere from William Forsythe, his first creation in the UK for 20 years. In the event, Playlist (Track 1, 2) was a … Continue reading

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Emily Molnar/Crystal Pite/ Sharon Eyal – Ballet British Columbia: Sadler’s Wells, 6 March 2018

BBC Heaven The first thing to say about Vancouver-based Ballet British Columbia is how fricking good the dancers are. Fantastic technique, genuine artistry and terrific musicality – they simply mean what they do. The women look equally as comfortable when … Continue reading

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