Dance

Romeo and Juliet: a Mariinsky masterclass

9 August 2014 9:00 am

According to some textbooks, one thing the fathers of Soviet choreography hastened to remove from ballet was that awkward-looking language…

Perfect dancing but boringly beautiful

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Aesthetically speaking, last week’s performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 was one by the slickest of the season. Fashionably…

A swan to die for at Sadler’s Wells

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Swans, swans, more swans. If the lifespan of a dance critic were calculated by the number of performances of Swan…

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

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Forget the pedantic classifications of genres, styles and schools. When it comes to dance performances, it all boils down to…

Romeo, Juliet and Mussolini

24 May 2014 9:00 am

George Balanchine’s Serenade, the manifesto of 20th-century neoclassical choreography, requires a deep understanding of both its complex stylistic nuances and…

Modern dance vs Shakespeare

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In a dance world that has chosen to dispense with stylistic and semantic subtleties, ‘narrative ballet’ and ‘story ballet’ are…

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

5 April 2014 9:00 am

What’s in a definition? As far as theatre dance is concerned, quite a lot. Labelling — and often labelling for…

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 9:00 am

Louis XIV might have been a narcissistic and whimsical tyrant, but he did a lot for dance. An accomplished practitioner,…

The dancers who said ‘no’ to postmodernism

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It all started in 1971, when a group of physically and artistically talented youngsters decided to create a dance company…

Bach is made for dancing

15 February 2014 9:00 am

It appears that J.S. Bach’s music is to theatre-dance what whipped cream is to chocolate. Masterworks such as Trisha Brown’s…

Stuttgart Ballet - still John Cranko's company

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Stuttgart Ballet’s rapid ascent to fame is at the core of one of the most interesting chapters of ballet history.…

The Royal Ballet's triple bill was danced to perfection

16 November 2013 9:00 am

There was a time when the term ‘world première’ was not as fashionable as it is these days. Great works…

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

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Sun is one of those performances that confront reviewers with the eternal dilemma of whether or not it is appropriate…

A rich, colourful romp

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Bold decisions are at the core of great artistic directorship. And Tamara Rojo, the ballet star leading English National Ballet,…

Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote lacks the wow factor

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Superstar Carlos Acosta makes little or no reference to Don Quixote’s established history in his programme note about the genesis…

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

A masterclass in stage presence from the Bolshoi

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Jewels is everything a George Balanchine admirer could ask for. The sumptuous triptych, set to scores by Fauré, Stravinsky and…

The Bolshoi remains faithful to the classics

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Tradition is often frowned on. Yet, if properly handled, it can be sheer fun and pure bliss, as demonstrated by…

Gusto galore from Boston Ballet

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Those who lament sluggishness in contemporary stagings of Balanchine’s ballets — and those who are responsible for it — should…

Dance: William Forsythe’s new work is choreographic narcissism

29 June 2013 9:00 am

As someone who once raved about William Forsythe’s innovative approach to ballet and fondly admired his groundbreaking choreographic explorations, I…

Dance review: Raven Girl, Symphony in C

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Last Friday, ballet’s overcrowded aviary welcomed a new addition: Raven Girl.  Sexy, sleek, troubled and troublesome, she is the creation…

Dance: Hansel and Gretel

18 May 2013 9:00 am

As far as memory serves, in my 46 years of being both in and at the ballet I have encountered…

Mixed blessings

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Last week, Sergei Polunin’s powerful entrance in Marguerite and Armand was saluted with a wave of electrically charged silence: not…

From Russia with love

9 February 2013 9:00 am

If you want to know what’s so great about John Cranko’s choreography, look at the opening phrase of the final…

Bourne again

5 January 2013 9:00 am

While most theatres brace themselves for the annual invasion of prancing Nutcrackers and flying snowmen, Sadler’s Wells offers something that…

Captivating kaleidoscope

10 November 2012 9:00 am

When Philippe Decouflé first introduced the idea of sheer fun into the deadly serious business of postmodern dance-making, sceptics predicted…