Viktorina Kapitonova and Alexander Jones in ‘Swan Lake’. Photo: Carlos Quezada
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Swan Lake, Opernhaus Zurich — ‘Triumphant’

Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘reconstruction’ is an overwhelming success

The Life of a Song

'Good Times' vinyl record
Chic’s last-gasp salute to disco was inspired by the Great Depression and the Harlem Renaissance
Kurt Cobain performing in Seattle in 1993 ©Getty
The Nirvana tune whose idea germinated from a graffito has outlived the grunge era and been widely covered
From left, Dennis Herdman, Rachael Stirling and Jessica Baglow in ‘The Winter’s Tale’. Photo: Marc Brenner
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The Winter’s Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London — ‘Lovely, delicate’

Michel Longhurst’s production makes eloquent use of light

Paris Opera Ballet in Jerome Robbins' 'Goldberg Variations'. Photo: Benoîte Fanton
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Bel/Millepied/ Robbins, Palais Garnier, Paris

This triple bill followed Benjamin Millepied’s resignation announcement

Mariana Sadovska with the Kronos Quartet. Photo: Evan Neff
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Kronos Quartet Explorer Series, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco — ‘Diverse and bracing’

The foursome celebrated the string quartet and its possibilities

Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall. Photo: Simon Jay Price
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Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, London — ‘A voice in a million’

The German singer’s recital was one of the season’s highlights

Martina Topley-Bird on stage with Massive Attack at the Brixton Academy. Photo: Livepix
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Massive Attack, Brixton Academy, London — ‘Bleak’

The band’s grim worldview made this show a suffocating experience

Claire Skinner and Georgina Rich in 'Rabbit Hole'. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Rabbit Hole, Hampstead Theatre, London — ‘Nothing to fault, but . . . ’

David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about grief lacks a compelling story

The Takács Quartet. Photo: Richard Houghton
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Takács Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London — ‘Emotional depths’

The Hungarian ensemble relish freedom — but detail, too

Anne Alvaro and Audrey Bonnet. Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage
©Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Dans la solitude des champs de coton, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris — ‘Thoroughly French’

Bernard-Marie Koltès’s enigmatic 1985 play is given a new twist

Kabuki in the age of social media

Ebizō Ichikawa, heir to a theatrical dynasty, on the challenges of the dance-drama in the modern world

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