Dance

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…

Striking but not altogether successful: ENB’s Our Voices reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Aaron S. Watkin, an affable bearded Canadian, is the new artistic director of English National Ballet. He arrives from Dresden,…

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

Same old, same old: Wayne McGregor’s Untitled, 2023, at the Royal Opera House, reviewed

17 June 2023 9:00 am

My witty friend whispered that Wayne McGregor’s new ballet Untitled, 2023 put her in mind of Google HQ – it’s…

Stunts, gimmicks, tricks, hot air: snapshots from the edge of modern dance

27 May 2023 9:00 am

This month I’ve been venturing into the further reaches of modern dance – obscure territory where I don’t feel particularly…

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…

Why the Arts Council should kill off ENO and ENB

24 September 2022 9:00 am

It is high time the Arts Council put ENO and ENB out of their misery, says Rupert Christiansen

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…

Ballet comes of age with Sergei Diaghilev

10 September 2022 9:00 am

‘What exactly is it you do?’ asked a bamboozled King Alfonso XIII of Spain upon meeting Sergei Diaghilev at 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

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…

A fitting swansong from Tamara Rojo: The Forsythe Evening reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

One wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of Tamara Rojo. The most fearsome figure on the British dance…

Liam Scarlett's enduring legacy: Royal Ballet's Swan Lake reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Without fanfare or apology, the Royal Ballet appears to have rehabilitated Liam Scarlett, but what a tragic balls-up it has…

Swings between violence and comedy: Pina Bausch's Kontakthof, at Sadler's Wells, reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

When you take in the richness of a Pina Bausch production — the redolent staging, the eloquent, eccentric twists of…

Rojo’s choreographic updating is a visual feast: English National Ballet's Raymonda reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Velvet waistcoats, technicolour tulle and some very spangly harem pants — English National Ballet’s atelier must have been mighty busy…

Zany and sensory-rich: Scottish Dance's Amethyst/TuTuMucky at The Place reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The Barcelona-born choreographer Joan Clevillé has form for off-beat storytelling with a streak of sincerity. Before becoming artistic director of…

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…

At last some genuine gala material: Royal Ballet's Balanchine and Robbins reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The OED defines ‘gala’ as ‘a festive occasion’. In the ballet world this usually translates as a handful of stars,…

Crystal Pite tore the house down: Royal Opera's 21st-Century Choreographers reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The choreographers called on to get the nation’s dancers back on to the stage have as much to say about…

An awesome and hilarious display: Rambert's Rooms reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Social distancing continues to put the kibosh on large-scale productions, but Jo Stromgren has a nifty workaround in Rooms, which…

The day I danced with the Duke of Edinburgh

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The day I danced with the Duke of Edinburgh