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

28 January 2023

9:00 AM

28 January 2023

9:00 AM

How did we get here?

Sadler’s Wells, until 29 January

The Sleeping Beauty

Royal Opera House, in rep until 6 June

‘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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