Dance

Impressive interpretations marred by cuts: Scottish Ballet's The Scandal at Mayerling reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Sneer all you like at its prolixities and vulgarities but Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling remains a ballet that packs an exceptionally…

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…

Why is dance so butch these days?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

For an art form that once boldly set out to question conventional divisions of gender, ballet now seems to be…

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…

The Nutcracker wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. The ballet wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

The genius of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score is nothing less than the sound of Christmas

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…

Richly layered and intricate: Royal Ballet's The Dante Project reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Where does the artist end and their work begin? Like 2015’s Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet swirls creator and…

Skirt-swishing and stomach-dropping: Ukrainian Ballet Gala, at Sadler's Wells, reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Like musical supergroups and Olympic basketball teams, ballet galas tend to prize individual gifts over group cohesion. A recent one…

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…

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…

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…

The Royal Ballet's return was joyous – but the presenter was gushing and witless

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Mothballed since March when it danced a farewell Swan Lake, the Royal Ballet made a triumphant and joyous return to…

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…

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…

Watching dance online is an advantage, not a concession: BalletBoyz – Deluxe reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Another day in isolation, another bid to find joy in my lone state-sanctioned walk. (Pro tip: stay out longer than…

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…