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Cats, The Shows Must Go On

Cats is, declares composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, a show that doesn’t really have a story, but was beloved on stage because it’s “the ultimate theatrical experience”. That’s the point which Tom Hooper’s grotesque, nightmarish movie adaptation so profoundly missed, with its computer-generated monstrosities and ham-fisted attempts … Continue reading

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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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The Swan, Birmingham Royal Ballet Online

The great Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova danced The Dying Swan – a short work choreographed for her by Mikhail Fokine – around 4,000 times. It was such a key part of her identity that she reportedly cried out, while … Continue reading

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The Thread, Sadler’s Wells Online

The latest Sadler’s Wells digital offering is 2019’s The Thread, a luminous collaboration between choreographer Russell Maliphant and Oscar-winning composer Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner) for the Athens-based production company Lavris. It’s a striking, contemporary take on Greek folk dance and classical mythology, with a series of … Continue reading

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Rain, Sadler’s Wells Online

The latest Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage offering is a real treat for contemporary dance fans: leading choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s signature work, performed by her company, Rosas, at the venue in 2017. Read my full The i Paper review … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line, Hampstead Theatre online

This week’s gem from the Hampstead’s vaults is Howard Brenton’s political drama from 2013, telling the extraordinary, stranger-than-fiction story of Cyril Radcliffe and his 1947 mission: to arrange the Partition of India in just five weeks. A tale of battling ideologies, gross colonial arrogance and disregard, … Continue reading

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The best online dance shows for Easter Weekend

There are lots of treats available online this Easter, from Akram Khan’s Giselle to a rare collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet. Read my full The i Paper article here

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CD Review: Follies, National Theatre cast recording

The National Theatre’s Follies (currently enjoying a well-deserved encore run) is something of a musical theatre miracle. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s 1971 show has endured almost as much existential angst as its characters, endlessly chopped and changed, but Dominic Cooke’s production – appropriately enough – … Continue reading

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The art of war

‘How do you police symbolic acts?’ In 2011, millions of people across the globe watched and waited for news of renowned conceptual artist Ai Weiwei, incarcerated by Chinese state officials for 81 days on spurious grounds. Last Friday, an astonishing … Continue reading

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