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Here Come the Boys

Vikki Jane Vile returns to the theatre for Here Come the Boys Sometimes a show seems to have everything against it. Shortly before its run at the London Palladium, it was announced the following UK tour of Here Come the Boys was being postponed to 2022. On the evening I was in attendance, not only […]

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Hungarian National Ballet in The Flames of Paris 

Streamed online from the Erkel Theatre, Budapest – February 2, 2021  I attended the world premiere of Michael Messerer’s production of The Flames of Paris, performed by the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg, back in 2013. It was not the first revival of Vasily Vainonen’s Soviet vehicle (alleged to have been Stalin’s favourite ballet), since […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet 

Following hot on the heels of an excellent virtual gala to launch its 2020-2021 season, the opening programme from Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in November gave further evidence of a company emerging from the shadows of the coronavirus in great shape. Two world premieres book-ended the programme, beginning with Penny Saunders’ Wonderland and concluding […]

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The National Ballet of China’s La Bayadère

La Bayadère    National Ballet of China, Tianqiao Theatre, Beijing – December 7, 2019 The National Ballet of China (NBC) has been performing Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère since 2016, and it is already so well established it was like a much-loved part of its heritage. Rarely have I seen the ballet danced with […]

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National Ballet of China in The Crane Calling 

Think of a bird in classical ballet and inevitably a swan comes to mind. In China, however, since 2017 a rival has been calling. The crane is a beautiful creature, venerated in Chinese culture for millennia for its loyalty (they mate for life) and grace. Special nature reserves and wetlands are dedicated to their protection […]

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Ballet Nacional de España 

Ballet Nacional de España’s (BNE) final performance under the artistic leadership of Antonio Najarro took place on August 1 in Barcelona’s opera house, the Liceu, in a double bill reprised from 2015. It was emblematic of his eight-year tenure: both looking back to the rich history of Spanish dance and presenting a prime example of […]

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The Most Incredible Thing

The Most Incredible Thing Charlotte Ballet, Knight Theater, Charlotte – March 10, 2018   The most incredible thing has always been that tomorrow is another day. The trials and tribulations of one day can be replaced with the triumph of the next. So it was for Charlotte Ballet, now under the artistic leadership of Hope […]

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Gerald Dowler sees a new production of The Nutcracker in Toulouse

Kader Belarbi continues to fight for classical ballet in Toulouse, his particular corner of France, where, fortunately, the local politicians support his efforts and see the city’s dance ensemble, the Ballet du Capitole, as a jewel in its cultural crown. As a gift back to Toulouse and his audience, for Christmas 2017 Belarbi created a […]

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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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