Dance

Captivating kaleidoscope

8 November 2012 2:00 pm

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

Mixed bag

1 November 2012 2:00 pm

Last year I raved about Birmingham Royal Ballet, their artistic drive, their freshness, their impeccable artistic eclecticism and, not least,…

Twin peaks

18 October 2012 2:00 pm

According to an old ballet commonplace, no one can beat the Russians when it comes to Swan Lake. Biased and…

American beauty

19 September 2012 7:00 pm

Tragically, the number of ballet directors who can orchestrate good programmes and good openings is dwindling these days. Helgi Tómasson,…

Grim realities

7 July 2012 4:00 pm

It was somewhat weird that Pina Bausch’s Palermo Palermo opened on the same night as Spain’s victory over Italy in…

New world order

30 June 2012 4:00 pm

When World Cities 2012 — better known as the current Pina Bausch season — was first presented, questions were raised…

Tales of the city

16 June 2012 4:00 pm

Last Wednesday two of the three live pooches that appeared in Pina Bausch’s Viktor did onstage what most dogs do…

Unconditional love

2 June 2012 10:00 am

Not many dance-makers have had their art celebrated in major, award-winning feature films. Pina Bausch has. Wim Wenders’s 2011 Pina…

Me and my shadows

26 May 2012 10:00 am

Shadows and reflections have always triggered all sorts of fantasies. Theatre itself, in the words of many playwrights and theorists,…

Celebrating identity

5 May 2012 10:00 am

Last year, when I reviewed The Sum of Parts, the community-oriented piece produced by Connect, Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning department,…

From street to stage

28 April 2012 10:00 am

Breakin’ Convention, now in its ninth year at Sadler’s Wells, offers a feast of hip hop for all-comers, be they…

Magic chemistry

28 April 2012 10:00 am

Artifact was the first work that the groundbreaking dance-maker William Forsythe created in 1984 for the legendary Ballet Frankfurt. It…

Triple triumph

24 March 2012 11:00 am

Not many ballet companies convey young love as credibly as Birmingham Royal Ballet. And I am not talking about select…

Succulent pleasures

17 March 2012 11:00 am

It was about time a dance-maker exacted revenge on dance academics. In Alexander Ekman’s 2010 Cacti, a voiceover explains the…

On the ropes

3 March 2012 11:00 am

‘Aerial’ ballets were all the rage in late-Victorian London. It mattered little that they were more circus acts than actual…

Star turn

11 February 2012 11:00 am

At first sight, the new Royal Ballet double bill might come across as an odd coupling: Ashton’s sparkling The Dream…

Saved by the Bel

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s and Jérôme Bel’s 3Abschied is the latest addition to a long and historically well-established series of…

Original sin

19 November 2011 11:00 am

Nothing beats the buzz that precedes the debut of a rising star in a big, known role. Double it and…

High hopes

12 November 2011 11:00 am

For more than 40 years, Scottish Ballet has been one of the most vibrant and interesting companies on the UK…