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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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Between at the Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse

When we entered the Burton Taylor (the tiny studio attached to the Oxford Playhouse, usually given over to student theatre) it was quite dark, apart from a thin shaft of light, and quite empty, apart from the figure of a woman lying in the middle of the floor. We ranged ourselves against the walls, standing. […]

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A Suitcase for All Occasions at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

I was not sure what to expect from Paulette Mae’s A Suitcase for All Occasions. It was very well attended on March 17, and the atmosphere built up outside as we all waited in the foyer to be let in. The programme seemed to suggest – from Mae’s background and the information we were given […]

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American Ballet Theatre in La Bayadère

La Bayadère American Ballet Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC – February 3–5, 2012 Tucked away in a Saturday afternoon matinée at the centre of a weekend mini-season of Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère, padded out on either side by more experienced casts, came a trio of debuts in the leading roles. This protective […]

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Monaco Dance Forum 2011: something for everyone

Surrounded by vertiginous rock-faces in the southeast corner of southern France, Monaco is where, at this time of the year, snow-capped Alps tumble into the Mediterranean. Like other city-states, the Principality survives by reaching out to the rest of the world, which its biennial dance event, Monaco Dance Forum, has been doing enthusiastically for the […]

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Benji Reid in The Devil Has Quentin’s Heart

The opportunity to see the Manchester-based performer Benji Reid is always one to be taken. A fine exponent of body popping and other hip hop and break dancing styles, Reid’s exceptional facility lies in the ability to take his slim, lanky body – it appears at times almost goofy and rubbery – and craft movement […]

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Gauthier Dance in Eightwatchers

Eightwatchers is the title of a programme that the choreographer Eric Gauthier and his company, Gauthier Dance, presented at the Schauburg Theatre in Munich at the end of March. Seven of the eight pieces presented could all be characterised as short, entertaining and funny works with a strong storyline. It is a description that applies […]

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Tchaikovsky Ballets in St Petersburg

St Petersburg in winter is truly magnificent – crystal-clear days (if you are lucky), frozen canals and plenty of snow, which means near-empty museums and restaurants – all made for an unstressful life. In contrast, the cultural life of this great city continues unabated, theatres full of eager audiences.

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