Rupert Christiansen

Mel C’s debut as a contemporary dancer is impressive: How did we get here?, at Sadler’s Wells, reviewed

Plus: Royal Ballet's venerable production is a lovely treat – despite some variable dancing and orchestral playing

Grayson Perry sets off to find out what ‘the ancient people could tell us about English culture', hanging out with members of the British Druid Society (founded 1979)

‘We hope you enjoy the performance,’ announced the Tannoy before the lights went down for How did we get here? – the accent being put on ‘hope’, as though enjoyment was unlikely. I took a deep breath in anticipation of modern dance at its most portentous and pretentious, my expectations already depressed after imbibing some hot air from a note in the programme – ‘we feel our power, all the way to the edges of ourselves’ and so forth.

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