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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Configurations

Acclaimed contemporary company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance are now sharing work online, kicking off with their seminal 1988 Configurations. Reworked in 2012, it’s a ground-breaking collaboration between Jeyasingh and composer Michael Nyman. Read my full The i Paper top pick here

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Rumpelstiltskin, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

The latest in Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage programme – an impressively assembled online offering to keep audiences entertained during the shutdown – is balletLORENT’s family-friendly dance-theatre production Rumpelstiltskin. It was streamed as a “matinee” on Friday afternoon, and is available to watch for free on Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook … Continue reading

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Balletboyz: Deluxe, Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premiere

BalletBoyz were on tour to mark their 20th anniversary when the shutdown came. Undeterred, the artistic directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt pivoted to video: their latest BalletBoyz show Deluxe kicked off Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook Premieres series on 27 March (running until 2 … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Kumiko Mendl

The Artistic Director talks 25 years of Yellow Earth Theatre. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

We came to the end! The week’s second nationwide ballot (and, let’s face it, by far the more important) yielded – in my humble opinion – exactly the right result, with the consistently brilliant Kelvin and Oti lifting the glitterball … Continue reading

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They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre

How long does it take to cover the complex problems in the Congo, AKA the most dangerous place in the world? Adam Brace’s play has a semi-joking educational sequence that attempts it in four and a half minutes – putting … Continue reading

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Women triumph in Branagh’s starry rep

Continuing the Olivier comparisons, Kenneth Branagh has established an eponymous rep company and year-long Garrick season. It opens with a problematic Shakespeare problem play and incongruous Rattigan double bill – material made financially viable by a starry cast of veterans … Continue reading

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The war at sea, LEGO magic, boxing dancers and ripping yarns

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Portsmouth kicks off its First World War centenary programme with new galleries and a relaunched submarine Catch the stage adaptation of Birdsong on tour See a lost world reborn thanks to LEGO Watch dancers box, and comics … Continue reading

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WW1 dance, small-screen stars and the Pink Jukebox Trophy

New in the Dance Today section: The write stuff Readers share their favourite examples of dance in literature, just in time for World Book Day Puppet problems A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican, created by War Horse‘s Handspring Puppet Company, is sadly disenchanting Sugar and … Continue reading

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Salsa secrets, puppets and World Book Day

New in the Dance Today section: Coming out of the shadows From the Oscars and the Olympics to Sadler’s Wells, a look at the renaissance of shadow theatre Going solo The best ballroom classes and activities that don’t require a partner, and how to … Continue reading

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