Dance

Wings of desire: film still of Natalia Makarova and Anthony Dowell in ‘Swan Lake’, 1980

Will the real Swan Lake please stand up

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Ismene Brown unpicks the great enigma of ballet theatre

The Associates at Sadler's Wells reviewed: another acutely inventive work from Crystal Pite

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The prodigious streetdancer Tommy Franzén pops up everywhere from family-friendly hip-hop shows by ZooNation, Boy Blue and Bounce to serious…

London International Mime Festival review: on juggling, dance and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant

31 January 2015 9:00 am

January is something of a palate-cleanser for the year, as the London International Mime Festival flies in plane-loads of companies…

ENB’s Swan Lake: the rights and wrongs of ballet thighs

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s been heated disagreement over the past week about what’s right and wrong. Is the rocket-propelled ex-Bolshoi enfant terrible Ivan…

Royal Opera’s Orfeo, Roundhouse: shouts its agenda so loudly the music struggles to be heard

17 January 2015 9:00 am

What a week to stage an opera about art’s power to challenge institutional authority, oppression — even death itself. Orfeo’s…

Better than Leslie Caron: Leanne Cope (Lise) and the company in ‘An American in Paris’

An American in Paris: a zingy new Wheeldon dance-musical that you won’t want to miss

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A new year must start with hope and resolution, and if you’re very rich, with influence in the highest places,…

Sacred Monsters, Sadler’s Wells: Sylvie Guillem and Akram Kham’s captivating final boogie

6 December 2014 9:00 am

I’m dashing between dance theatres at the moment and there’s just so much to tell you about. I could linger…

‘This era’s supreme objet d’art’: Sylvie Guillem in 1985, aged 19, in her Paris Opera dressing-room

Sylvie Guillem interview: ‘A lot of people hate me. Bon. You can’t please everybody’

15 November 2014 9:00 am

On the eve of her retirement, Sylvie Guillem talks to Ismene Brown about legs, boobs and changing people’s lives

Thomas Ades’s Polaris at Sadler’s Wells: the dance premiere of the year

15 November 2014 9:00 am

This has been an extraordinarily exciting fortnight, on and off stage. Premieres in anything from ice-skating to classical ballet, charismatic…

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in Graham’s most famous work ‘Appalachian Spring’ (1944), with a prize-winning score by Aaron Copeland

To call this offering a book is an abuse of language

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I picked up this book with real enthusiasm. Who cannot be entranced by those 20 years after the second world…

All was beauteous with the Royal Ballet’s ‘Symphonic Variations’ on the first night

Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet battle for the heart of English dance

1 November 2014 9:00 am

English ballet erupted out of the second world war in the hands of the rival choreographers Frederick Ashton and Robert…

Does a tart like Manon have a place in the Royal Ballet repertoire?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

What can the Royal Opera House be insinuating about its target audience? No sooner had Anna Nicole closed than Manon…

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…