Sadler’s wells

A legendary piece of iconoclastic dance returns. Does the piece still stand up?

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Funny how things turn upside-down with time. A work of contemporary dance that made an iconoclastic splash decades ago is…

The Associates at Sadler's Wells reviewed: another acutely inventive work from Crystal Pite

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The prodigious streetdancer Tommy Franzén pops up everywhere from family-friendly hip-hop shows by ZooNation, Boy Blue and Bounce to serious…

London International Mime Festival review: on juggling, dance and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant

31 January 2015 9:00 am

January is something of a palate-cleanser for the year, as the London International Mime Festival flies in plane-loads of companies…

Sacred Monsters, Sadler’s Wells: Sylvie Guillem and Akram Kham’s captivating final boogie

6 December 2014 9:00 am

I’m dashing between dance theatres at the moment and there’s just so much to tell you about. I could linger…

Thomas Ades’s Polaris at Sadler’s Wells: the dance premiere of the year

15 November 2014 9:00 am

This has been an extraordinarily exciting fortnight, on and off stage. Premieres in anything from ice-skating to classical ballet, charismatic…

Turning feral: Lord of the Flies

Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies: when boys turn feral

18 October 2014 9:00 am

GCSE Eng Lit pupils are doing well from dance this season with two set books told in the medium of…

Does a tart like Manon have a place in the Royal Ballet repertoire?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

What can the Royal Opera House be insinuating about its target audience? No sooner had Anna Nicole closed than Manon…

Perfect dancing but boringly beautiful

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Aesthetically speaking, last week’s performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 was one by the slickest of the season. Fashionably…

A swan to die for at Sadler’s Wells

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Swans, swans, more swans. If the lifespan of a dance critic were calculated by the number of performances of Swan…

Dance games from Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker at Sadler’s Wells

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Forget the pedantic classifications of genres, styles and schools. When it comes to dance performances, it all boils down to…

Constant Lambert at the piano

The wit, wisdom and womanising of Constant Lambert

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Philip Hensher on the tragically short life of the ebullient and multi-talented musician, Constant Lambert

Romeo, Juliet and Mussolini

24 May 2014 9:00 am

George Balanchine’s Serenade, the manifesto of 20th-century neoclassical choreography, requires a deep understanding of both its complex stylistic nuances and…

European postmodern dance can be just as boring as American postmodern dance

5 April 2014 9:00 am

What’s in a definition? As far as theatre dance is concerned, quite a lot. Labelling — and often labelling for…

Stuttgart Ballet - still John Cranko's company

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Stuttgart Ballet’s rapid ascent to fame is at the core of one of the most interesting chapters of ballet history.…

Is there or isn't there a hanged man in 'Sun'?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Sun is one of those performances that confront reviewers with the eternal dilemma of whether or not it is appropriate…

Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote lacks the wow factor

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Superstar Carlos Acosta makes little or no reference to Don Quixote’s established history in his programme note about the genesis…