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Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, Solo for Two

Ballet’s super couple should stick to the classical repertoire

16 August 2014
Solo for Two London Coliseum
Mariinsky Ballet: The Genius of Balanchine Royal Opera House
Mariinsky Ballet: Triple Bill Royal Opera House

Last week, the feast of long-awaited dance events on offer echoed bygone days when London life was dominated by the strategically engineered appearances of rival ballet stars at the same… Read more

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet: a Mariinsky masterclass

9 August 2014
Romeo and Juliet: Mariinsky Ballet Royal Opera House

According to some textbooks, one thing the fathers of Soviet choreography hastened to remove from ballet was that awkward-looking language of gestures generally referred to as ‘ballet mime’. Which explains… Read more

Natalia Osipova in the Royal Ballet’s ‘Connectome’, choreographed by Alastair Marriott

Natalia Osipova interview: ‘I'm not interested in diamond tiaras on stage’

26 July 2014

‘I am not interested in sporting diamond tiaras on stage, or having my point shoes cooked and eaten by my fans,’ muses Natalia Osipova, referring to two old ballet anecdotes.… Read more

Nederlands Dans Theatre 1, Sadlers Wells

Perfect dancing but boringly beautiful

12 July 2014
Sehnsucht/Schmetterling Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Sadler’s Wells

Aesthetically speaking, last week’s performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 was one by the slickest of the season. Fashionably engineered juxtapositions of black and white, sets that stun on… Read more

Dada Masilo's Swan Lake Photo: John Hogg

A swan to die for at Sadler’s Wells

28 June 2014
Dada Masilo: Swan Lake; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: 4D; Tim Casson: The Dance WE Made Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Swans, swans, more swans. If the lifespan of a dance critic were calculated by the number of performances of Swan Lake attended, I’d be a few centuries old. Obviously, the… Read more

Vortex Temporum

Dance games from Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker at Sadler’s Wells

7 June 2014
Vortex Temporum Rosas, Sadler’s Wells
Mixed Programme Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet, Linbury Studio

Forget the pedantic classifications of genres, styles and schools. When it comes to dance performances, it all boils down to two kinds: those that make one think and those that… Read more

Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet  Photo: Christina Riley

Romeo, Juliet and Mussolini

24 May 2014
Triple Bill Royal Opera House
Romeo and Juliet Sadler’s Wells

George Balanchine’s Serenade, the manifesto of 20th-century neoclassical choreography, requires a deep understanding of both its complex stylistic nuances and its fascinatingly elusive visual metaphors. Many recent stagings have failed… Read more

(Photo: Johan Persson)

Modern dance vs Shakespeare

19 April 2014
The Winter’s Tale Royal Opera House

In a dance world that has chosen to dispense with stylistic and semantic subtleties, ‘narrative ballet’ and ‘story ballet’ are often used as synonymous. Yet there are differences — and… Read more

Tabac Rouge at Sadler's Wells Theatre Photo: Richard Haughton

European postmodern dance can be just as boring as American postmodern dance

5 April 2014
Tabac Rouge James Thiérrée/Compagnie du Hanneton, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

What’s in a definition? As far as theatre dance is concerned, quite a lot. Labelling — and often labelling for the mere sake of it — is integral to our… Read more

Roberto Bolle in ‘Le Jeune Hommeet la Mort’ at the Coliseum

Kings of Dance: a show to keep the Sun King happy

29 March 2014
Kings of the Dance Coliseum

Louis XIV might have been a narcissistic and whimsical tyrant, but he did a lot for dance. An accomplished practitioner, he made ballet a noble art and turned it into… Read more


The dancers who said ‘no’ to postmodernism

22 March 2014
Pilobolus Peacock Theatre

It all started in 1971, when a group of physically and artistically talented youngsters decided to create a dance company and call it Pilobolus, after a fungus. Not unlike this… Read more

An ambassador for his art: Ivan Vasiliev

Ivan Vasiliev and Roberto Bolle: interview with ballet royalty

15 March 2014

In 1845, the theatre impresario Benjamin Lumley made history by inviting the four greatest ballerinas of the day to appeartogether on the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. It… Read more

Steven McRae in Frederick Ashton’s ‘Rhapsody’

Bach is made for dancing

15 February 2014
Royal Ballet Triple Bill Royal Opera House

It appears that J.S. Bach’s music is to theatre-dance what whipped cream is to chocolate. Masterworks such as Trisha Brown’s MO, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and a plethora of less-known,… Read more

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Stuttgart Ballet - still John Cranko's company

30 November 2013
Stuttgart Ballet: Made in Germany Sadler’s Wells

Stuttgart Ballet’s rapid ascent to fame is at the core of one of the most interesting chapters of ballet history. Between 1961 and 1973, the year of his untimely death,… Read more

Zenaida Yanowsky (Photo: ROH / Bill Cooper)

The Royal Ballet's triple bill was danced to perfection

16 November 2013
Royal Ballet Triple Bill Royal Opera House

There was a time when the term ‘world première’ was not as fashionable as it is these days. Great works simply ‘premièred’, and their artistic status was not diminished by… Read more

Hannah Shepherd (Picture: Gabriele Zucca)

Is there or isn't there a hanged man in 'Sun'?

9 November 2013
Hofesh Shechter Company’s Sun Sadler’s Wells

Sun is one of those performances that confront reviewers with the eternal dilemma of whether or not it is appropriate to give things away. Yet a reference to what is… Read more

Junor Souza, Erina Takahashi, Alina Cojacaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire (Picture: English National Ballet)

A rich, colourful romp

26 October 2013
Le Corsaire Milton Keynes Theatre

Bold decisions are at the core of great artistic directorship. And Tamara Rojo, the ballet star leading English National Ballet, knows that well. Le Corsaire is not the usual ballet… Read more

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Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote lacks the wow factor

5 October 2013
Don Quixote Royal Opera House
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Sadler’s Wells

Superstar Carlos Acosta makes little or no reference to Don Quixote’s established history in his programme note about the genesis of his new ballet. As a dancer hailing from Cuba,… Read more

Ekaterina Krysanova and Vyacheslav Lopatin in Balanchine’s ‘Rubies’

A masterclass in stage presence from the Bolshoi

17 August 2013
Jewels Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Opera House

Jewels is everything a George Balanchine admirer could ask for. The sumptuous triptych, set to scores by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, is a compendium of what Balanchine’s style is about;… Read more

The Bolshoi remains faithful to the classics

10 August 2013
La Bayadère; The Sleeping Beauty Bolshoi Ballet

Tradition is often frowned on. Yet, if properly handled, it can be sheer fun and pure bliss, as demonstrated by the Bolshoi Ballet’s current season in London. Far from being… Read more

Gusto galore from Boston Ballet

13 July 2013
Boston Ballet London Coliseum

Those who lament sluggishness in contemporary stagings of Balanchine’s ballets — and those who are responsible for it — should have seen and learnt from Boston Ballet last week. Forget… Read more

Dance: William Forsythe’s new work is choreographic narcissism

29 June 2013

As someone who once raved about William Forsythe’s innovative approach to ballet and fondly admired his groundbreaking choreographic explorations, I felt let down by last week’s performance by his company… Read more


Dance review: Raven Girl, Symphony in C

1 June 2013
Raven Girl; Symphony in C Royal Opera House

Last Friday, ballet’s overcrowded aviary welcomed a new addition: Raven Girl.  Sexy, sleek, troubled and troublesome, she is the creation of the bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger and Royal Ballet’s resident… Read more

Dance: Hansel and Gretel

18 May 2013
Hansel and Gretel Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

As far as memory serves, in my 46 years of being both in and at the ballet I have encountered only seven ballet adaptations of the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and… Read more

Mixed blessings

23 February 2013
Ashton Mixed Programme Royal Opera House
Two Cigarettes in the Dark Wuppertal Tanztheater Pina Bausch, Sadler’s Wells

Last week, Sergei Polunin’s powerful entrance in Marguerite and Armand was saluted with a wave of electrically charged silence: not a cough, not a sound, all eyes glued to the… Read more