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Baltic Dance Theatre in The Tempest

The Tempest Baltic Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera House, Gdansk – June 14, 2015 There have been a number of Shakespeare plays made into ballets, notably Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, although not that many contemporary choreographers have chosen the Bard for their source material. Izadora Weiss has bucked that trend by making […]

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High jinx at high sea

Nicola Rayner set sail for Anything Goes at the New Wimbledon Theatre on February 2 The idea of a musical on board a ship was first conceived by US producer Vinton Freedley, who, Broadway legend has it, decamped to sea to avoid creditors after the disastrous flop of Pardon My English in 1933. Cole Porter […]

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Rambert in The Castaways at the New Theatre, Oxford

The Castaways, choreographed by Barak Marshall and danced by Rambert, tells the story of a cast of 12 characters trapped in a strange, unexplained, seemingly underground limbo. How they have arrived here and how they are to escape are not clear. Their predicament is nonetheless enthralling.

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De Oscuro’s Mac//Beth at the Linbury Studio Theatre

In De Oscuro’s new production of Mac//Beth, the witches spin their deceptive prophecies in Welsh, while Lady Macbeth slides from speech into movement as she urges her husband on to murder. It’s an ambitious idea, but the staging is both rushed and pedestrian, gaining little insight from its mix of languages. Founded in 2010 by […]

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The Mikhailovsky Ballet in The Flames of Paris

The Flames of Paris The Mikhailovsky Ballet, Mikhailovsky Theatre, St Petersburg – July 22, 2013 Within minutes of the curtains closing on the premiere of The Flames of Paris, dancers and staff of the Mikhailovsky Ballet were addressed onstage by the surviving son of Vasily Vainonen. He spoke softly, barely audible above the sound of […]

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Strictly Confidential

Vikki Jane Vile enjoyed Craig Revel Horwood’s show, starring Lisa Riley and a topless Artem Chigvintsev, at the New Wimbledon Theatre on July 1 With Strictly fans offered so many spin-off shows in the bleak cold months of the year, when withdrawal symptoms are at their most insufferable, it’s a rather nice surprise to be […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet in High Wycombe

Mixed BillLyric Pieces, Bitesized Ballet, Pineapple PollBirmingham Royal Ballet, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – May 21, 2013 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s “split-tour” nomenclature suggests a glass half empty. Its notion of “south west” is misleading too, extending to the doorstep of London – to High Wycombe. The company – well this half of it – looked […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Gdansk

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Baltic Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera House, Gdańsk – May 28, 2013 A breath of fresh air wafted though this innovative narration of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, carrying with it an affirmation that complex stories can be told with simple clarity through the medium of dance and gesture alone without the need to […]

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Five Dances – a modern ballet evening in Budapest

Five Dances – a modern ballet evening Hungarian National Ballet, Erkel Theatre, Budapest – June 1, 2013 In its aim to attract newcomers to enjoy dance, the Hungarian National Ballet certainly got things right when putting together its latest evening of modern ballets. With pieces not too long to let attention wander, and accompanied by […]

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Newly minted in Monte Carlo

The black and white photographs of the dancers of the Ballets Russes in Natalia Goncharova’s designs for Les Noces, posed in the gardens at the back of the Casino in Monte Carlo in the 1920s, are a reminder of the works created in the principality by Serge Diaghilev’s company – works that have enriched the […]

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Hungarian National Ballet in Onegin at the Budapest Opera House

It is a wonderful time of year in Budapest: whorls of autumn mist curl up from the Danube, the avenues are lined with golden trees and the mulled wine sellers are out in force. The Hungarian National Ballet has added to the pleasure with its new production of John Cranko’s globally popular Onegin (or Anyegin […]

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Compagnie Käfig in YogeeTi at the National Theatre, Taipei

Choreographers have often evoked the analogy of knitting to describe what they do. Few, however, have made knitting, in the real sense, as integral as does French choreographer Mourad Merzouki in YogeeTi, a highlight of the 2012 Taiwan International Festival of Arts.

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