Ballet

There are passages of considerable eloquence in Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale

11 May 2024 9:00 am

There’s no escaping Christopher Wheeldon – a modest, amiable fellow from Yeovil of whom anyone’s mum would be proud. Reaching…

Don’t write off Hofesh Shechter – his new work is uniquely haunting

4 May 2024 9:00 am

In 2010, when his thrillingly edgy and angry Political Mother delivered modern dance a winding punch right where it hurt,…

Uninventive and far too polite: BRB’s Black Sabbath – The Ballet reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Not being an aficionado of the heavy-metal genre, I snootily suspected that I would rather be standing in the rain…

The dazzling classic The Red Shoes has several unfashionable lessons for us today

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Seventy-five years after its release, Powell and Pressburger’s dazzling, much-loved classic is more timely than ever, says Robin Ashenden

A vanity exercise: Carlos at 50, at the Royal Opera House, reviewed

12 August 2023 9:00 am

In 2015 Carlos Acosta announced his retirement from the Royal Ballet and the classical repertory. It seemed like the right…

Can ballet survive the culture wars?

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Despite #MeToo and the new resistance to male bullying, the dance world is still ferocious and unforgiving, writes Rupert Christiansen

One long moan of woe: Crystal Pite's Light of Passage, at the Royal Opera, reviewed

29 October 2022 9:00 am

I was moved and shaken by Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern when I first saw it in 2017. In richly visualised…

A solid evening’s entertainment: Rambert's Peaky Blinders ballet reviewed

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Being of a squeamish sensibility and prejudiced by a low opinion of recent BBC drama, I can claim only a…

Letters: Britain needs the English National Ballet

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Putin’s options Sir: I agree with Paul Wood that Vladimir Putin is on the back foot (‘Cornered’, 24 September). His…

Exhilarating, frightening and hilarious: Made in Leeds – Three Short Ballets reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Good, better, best was the satisfying trajectory of Northern Ballet’s terrific programme of three original short works, which moves south…

Nureyev deserves better: Nureyev – Legend and Legacy, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, reviewed

10 September 2022 9:00 am

I was never Rudolf Nureyev’s greatest fan. I must have seen him dance 30 or 40 times, starting with a…

The company has a hit on their hands: Scottish Ballet's Coppélia reviewed

27 August 2022 9:00 am

With the major companies largely on their summer breaks, the Edinburgh International Festival struggles to programme a high standard of…

The magic of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Louise Levene on the male ballet troupe that realised the ballerinas have all the best lines

I feel sorry for those stupid enough to believe that ballet is racist or transphobic

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Sick though one may be of the way that the poison dart of ‘woke’ is lazily flung at what is…

Leave Bizet’s Carmen alone

18 June 2022 9:00 am

I’ve always felt uncomfortably ambivalent about the work of Matthew Bourne. Of course, there is no disputing its infectious exuberance…

I suspect this was a rush job: Like Water for Chocolate reviewed

11 June 2022 9:00 am

How much weight of plot can dance carry? Balanchine famously insisted that there are no mothers-in-law in ballet, and masters…

The lonely genius of Bronislava Nijinska

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Bronislava Nijinska was constantly undermined in her lifetime – most cruelly by her brother, says Sarah Crompton

Impressive interpretations marred by cuts: Scottish Ballet's The Scandal at Mayerling reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Sneer all you like at its prolixities and vulgarities but Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling remains a ballet that packs an exceptionally…

Why is dance so butch these days?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

For an art form that once boldly set out to question conventional divisions of gender, ballet now seems to be…

The Nutcracker wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. The ballet wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

The genius of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score is nothing less than the sound of Christmas

Richly layered and intricate: Royal Ballet's The Dante Project reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Where does the artist end and their work begin? Like 2015’s Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet swirls creator and…

Skirt-swishing and stomach-dropping: Ukrainian Ballet Gala, at Sadler's Wells, reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Like musical supergroups and Olympic basketball teams, ballet galas tend to prize individual gifts over group cohesion. A recent one…

Swaggerific display of pumping chests and crotch-grabbing struts: NYDC's Speak Volumes reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Last week I attended a dance performance in person for the first time since March last year. If you’d asked…