Dance

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

Zippy and stylish, with a glint of mischief: William Forsythe’s The Barre Project reviewed

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In the early Noughties there was a Hollywood subgenre (by which I mean a few cult movies, each with terrible…

Gripping – if you skip the non-stop Yentobbing: Dancing Nation reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Thank God for the fast-forward button. Sadler’s Wells had planned a tentative return to live performance last month but the…

What's an art form that feels unpopular and pointless, but isn't? Video art

12 December 2020 9:00 am

How did the universe begin? Did the great god Bumba vomit us up, as the Kuba believe? Or did we…

Like much jazz, it might have benefited from being less solemn: BBC4's Ronnie's reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Ronnie’s: Ronnie Scott and His World-Famous Jazz Club was like the TV equivalent of an authorised biography: impressively thorough, often…

I miss the faint hiss of a spinning foot: Royal Ballet – Live reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Ballet lovers driven square-eyed by a drip feed of livestreaming and archive footage have been pining for the patter of…

Tranquil, silky and serene: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Lazuli Sky reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

When Carlos Acosta was named artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January of this year, he announced ambitious plans…

Vigour and verve from a unique new Rite of Spring: Dancing at Dusk reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Dancing at Dusk captures the final rehearsal of a new version of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring. It’s only…

Sensual and silky: the Royal Ballet returns to Covent Garden

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Wayne McGregor’s Morgen! and Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits are the first pieces of live dance — streamed…

Top of my must-watch mustn't-watch: Cats revisited

30 May 2020 9:00 am

At the outset of lockdown I gave you my list of top mustn’t-watch films — that is, the ones that…

The genius of Martha Graham

30 May 2020 9:00 am

If eight weeks in lockdown have brought out my baser impulses (biscuits by the sleeve, total renunciation of waistbands), it’s…

No one understood the ennui of lockdown better than Louis XIV and his courtiers

9 May 2020 9:00 am

A few years ago I interviewed an eminent baroque conductor. Prickly and professorial, tired after a day of rehearsals, he…

Gorgeous and electrifying: And Then We Danced reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The film you want to see this week that you mightn’t have seen if you weren’t stuck at home is…

Another triumph for Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young at Sadler’s Wells

14 March 2020 9:00 am

It must have been hard for Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young to live up to the success of 2016’s devastating…

Rambert's latest uses the migrant crisis for superficial intrigue: Aisha and Abhaya reviewed

8 February 2020 9:00 am

The January dance stage can be a site of naked contrition. Like a tippler grasping at green juice after a…