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The Forsythe Evening

The British dance world emerged from the pandemic seemingly hell-bent on delivering programmes of angst and woe, oblivious to what its audiences actually needed: enjoyment and pleasure; London has been waiting for a post-covid feel-good evening of dance and finally English National Ballet and William Forsythe have come up trumps. Not that ENB has dropped […]

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NDT2 Simple Things. Dancers: Kenedy Kallas and Auguste Palayer. Photo: Tristram Kenton

NDT2

A very grown-up programme from the young dancers of the junior ensemble of Nederlands Dans Theater.  Given their close relationship between the senior company, NDT2 benefits from an impressively high level of input from established choreographers – no student musings for them.  Let it be said first and foremost how good these young performers are;

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Acosta Danza: 100% Cuban

100% Cuban

It was unfortunate for the Acosta Danza company that their founder and director Carlos Acosta was not present for their opening night at Sadler’s Wells – he was in Southampton, putting the finishing touches to his new production of Don Quixote for Birmingham Royal Ballet, of which is also the director.  Not that it seemed to bother

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Matthew Bournes NUTCRACKER Ashley Shaw Princess Sugar and Company. Photo Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Sadler’s Wells

There are dozens upon dozens of versions of The Nutcracker but only a handful are truly successful visions of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score – in the classical world Peter Wright’s productions stand tall and in ‘modern’ dance Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut is a classic.  That exclusive list also includes Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with a seasonal sojourn

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