Dance

Akram Khan's Until the Lions (Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez)

Gorgeous, visionary sights from Akram Khan at the Roundhouse

6 February 2016 9:00 am

How much of a compromise does a fashionable choreographer loved by all have to make with his paymasters? When he’s…

Le Corsaire

Sex trafficking, pirates, slaves: English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is bang-on current

23 January 2016 9:00 am

I’ve seen some people saying that English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is so out-of-date it’s risible to see it staged…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's 'Elizabeth' at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Photo: Dave Morgan/ROH

We’re entering a new era for dance - expect big ballets with big stories

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Dance has its own archaeological periods, and 2016’s schedules are confirming what 2015 indicated — that the era of dances…

Rudolf Nureyev — Dance to Freedom

Why did a Russian ballet dancer throw acid in his boss’s face?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The 16th June 1961 and 17th January 2013 are two indelible dates in the annals of Russian ballet. Two events…

Russell Maliphant's Conceal/Reveal

Is Twitter now in charge of the Royal Ballet’s artistic programming?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

For all the billing and cooing on public forums about the Royal Ballet’s The Two Pigeons revival, there’s a silent…

The 3 Dancers by Didy Veldman and Rambert (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

Rambert Dance: one piercing masterpiece - and one dud

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Mark Baldwin, artistic director of Rambert Dance, must take responsibility for most of the good times I’ve had recently, midwife…

Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl

Carlos Acosta’s incoherent Carmen is a disaster

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The love that asks no questions, the love that pays the price… The amount of unconditional love sloshing about at…

Francesca Hayward as Juliet and Matthew Golding as Romeo (Photo: Alice Pennefather)

This Juliet needs a new Romeo

29 October 2015 9:00 am

You always remember your first time, don’t you? And in ballet one imagines that Juliet wants to remember her first…

Svetlana Zakharova as Giselle. Sergei Polunin as Count Albrecht (Photo: Elena Fetisova)

Giselle has floored many a ballerina — it did so again last week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

English has all sorts of emotive metaphors for how we feel about the ground. We’re floored. Or well grounded. Or…

Serious artistry: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. © Sascha Vaughan

The best ballerinas in Britain at the moment are hairy and male

3 October 2015 9:00 am

There was blood on the walls and floor at the birth of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet in 1965. The…

Lest we forget, Sadler Wells

War, socialist tyranny and the oppression of the handicapped - welcome to the new dance season

19 September 2015 8:00 am

If there’s one thing scarcer than hen’s teeth in serious choreography nowadays, it’s a light heart. When was the last…

Swan Lake

Dance from Edinburgh: a flamenco master who could tell classical ballet a thing or two

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Every August when London dims, Edinburgh calls, promising nothing less than ‘the greats of the arts’ at the International Festival.…

Carlos Acosta's Cubania (Photo: ROH/ Bill Cooper)

Sylvie Guillem’s better than ever in her final, final Coliseum farewell

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The blackness that sweeps along the stage behind Sylvie Guillem’s disappearing figure in the Russell Maliphant piece on her farewell…

The Car Man (Photo: Bill Cooper)

You can feel as if you’re in a colony of rabbits: Matthew Bourne’s Car Man reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Hot, languorous, sizzling… I was thinking what an ideal show Matthew Bourne’s noir comedy is to watch on a summer’s…

The Dutch National Ballet perform Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella (Photo: Angela Sterling)

Ninja Turtles have no place in Cinderella

18 July 2015 9:00 am

What could induce a grown-up, rational, childless person to go to see the ballet of Cinderella? You’ll expect to cringe…

William Bracewell as Louis XIV in The King Dances. Photo: Bill Cooper

The Sun King deserves better than this silly cabaret from Birmingham Royal Ballet

4 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s a comfort that the creation of a new ballet inspired by French court entertainment can still happen in the…

London Road is a must see

The choreographer that does things to tango couples that Relate would not recommend

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I often regret that I’m writing in the past tense here, but never more than about milonga. It is such…

Sylvie Guillem, in savage-child tunic and a Mowgli wig, says farewell to her fans

Is that Sylvie Guillem? Or R2-D2? Guillem's farewell dance at Sadler’s Wells reviewed

6 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s been a clutch of middle-aged danseuses taking leave of life in one way or another recently. We’ve seen the…

The Royal Ballet: Woolf Works (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

Rapture - and loathing: Woolf Works at the Royal Ballet reviewed

23 May 2015 9:00 am

People have been saying that Wayne McGregor’s new Woolf Works has reinvented the three-act ballet, but not so. William Forsythe…

Rosie Kay's 5 Soldiers (Photo: Tim Cross)

Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers: brutishly physical and powerfully striking

9 May 2015 9:00 am

In dance, it’s usually the moment the boys start fighting that challenges your suspension of disbelief. Synchronised fencing (MacMillan’s Romeo…

Vadim Muntagirov and Laura Morera in ‘La Fille mal gardée’

La Fille mal gardee at the Royal Opera House reviewed: light, lithe and tender

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The current talking-point at the Royal Ballet is the Russians milling around. One can sound unfortunately as if one’s starting…

Sunbee Han, Sooraj Subramaniam, Emily Pottage, Avatâra Ayuso and Richard Causer in Bayadere – The Ninth Life.
© Foteini Christofilopoulou

An Indian Bayadère that meets a sludgy end

11 April 2015 9:00 am

For an Indian woman to make a dancework about La Bayadère is a promising prospect. This classical ballet of 1877…

A trip to Craggy Island: David Bintley's Carmina Burana for the BRB

Birmingham Royal Ballet review: A Father Ted Carmina Burana

4 April 2015 9:00 am

We ballet-goers may be the most self-deceiving audiences in theatre. Put a ‘new work’ in front of us and half…

Ksenia Ovsyanick & James Forbat perform for English National Ballet's Modern Masters Photo: Ash

50 shades of beige: English National Ballet's Modern Masters at Sadler's Wells, reviewed

21 March 2015 9:00 am

My moment of the week was stumbling into the shocking, fantastical Cabinet of Curiosities in the Alexander McQueen show at…

Flamenco Festival at Sadlers Wells Photo: Josep Aznar

A legendary piece of iconoclastic dance returns. Does the piece still stand up?

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Funny how things turn upside-down with time. A work of contemporary dance that made an iconoclastic splash decades ago is…