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  1. September 16, 2014

    Fall for Dance Outdoors, Delacorte Theater, New York – review

    About a decade ago, City Center returned to its populist roots with a brilliant formula for getting dance neophytes to come...

  2. June 26, 2014

    Boston Ballet, Lincoln Center, New York – review

    Now that it has reached its 50th birthday, Boston Ballet is intent on raising its profile. The 56-member troupe visited...

  1. April 28, 2014

    The Tempest Replica, Sadler’s Wells, London – review

    Crystal Pite is a choreographer who has worked in her native Canada and in Frankfurt with William Forsythe. I first saw her...

  2. October 10, 2013

    The Forsythe Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – review

    William Forsythe has built a long and fruitful career on defying expectations. In the 1980s and 1990s, he took classical...

  3. July 7, 2013

    Homage to Rudolf Nureyev, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris – review

    It’s a homecoming for Manuel Legris. The charismatic Paris Opera Ballet étoile left a sizeable gap on his retirement four...

  4. December 19, 2012

    Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Joyce Theatre, New York

    The three far-flung choreographers on this European-styled troupe’s New York bill (touring Canada throughout the winter and...

  5. December 4, 2012

    Forsythe/Brown programme, Palais Garnier, Paris

    The holiday season is a true test for most ballet companies, and the Paris Opera Ballet is no exception. The 154-strong...

  6. September 7, 2012

    Steps in the right direction

    San Francisco Ballet may be America’s oldest dance ensemble, founded in 1933, but for the past 27 years its Icelandic-born...

  7. May 25, 2012

    Pina’s ghost

    A few hours before Tanztheater Wuppertal is due to take the stage in Paris, the Théâtre de la Ville is quiet, almost...

  8. April 22, 2012

    Artifact, Sadler’s Wells, London

    Over the years I have been tempted to think of William Forsythe as a choreographer in spite of himself. I have watched his...

  9. April 8, 2012

    Sylvie Guillem, Lincoln Center, New York

    So much of ballet depends on conjuring an ideal, but for the Modiglianiesque Sylvie Guillem no illusion-making is necessary....

  10. April 4, 2012

    Das Fräulein von S., Opernhaus, Stuttgart

    You don’t see murder mysteries too often at the ballet. Enter Christian Spuck, one of Stuttgart Ballet’s resident...

  11. July 9, 2011

    Sylvie Guillem, Sadler’s Wells, London

    The most important thing about the programme that Sylvie Guillem brings to Rosebery Avenue is William Forsythe’s dance...

  12. July 4, 2011

    L’anatomie de la sensation, Opéra Bastille, Paris

    Don’t be put off by the pompous title or the strike currently playing havoc with Paris Opera performances: Wayne McGregor’s...

  13. March 1, 2011

    Lyon Opera Ballet, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

    In the late 1990s, William Forsythe made the last (at least so far) of what he once called the “ballet ballets”, pure dance...

  14. February 25, 2011

    Forsythe Company, Sadler’s Wells, London

    Frankly, I find it hard to believe in William Forsythe as a dance-maker after sitting through the 80 minutes of his I don’t...

  15. February 24, 2011

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Joyce Theater, New York

    Katie Dehler and William Cannon in ‘Red Sweet’ An odd phenomenon: not Europhilic New York, nor the freaky Left Coast, but...

  16. October 28, 2010

    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York

    ‘Hubbub’ in New York Cedar Lake, aged seven, is peculiarly American. The New York troupe is born of money – that of its...

  17. March 11, 2010

    Lyon Opera Ballet

    The Lyon Ballet gives the ubiquitous category "contemporary dance" a good name by doing something else. The company's...

  18. March 10, 2010

    Lyon Opera Ballet, Joyce Theater, New York

    Dorothee Delabie The Lyon Ballet gives the ubiquitous category “contemporary dance” a good name by doing something else. The...

  19. October 5, 2009

    Scottish Ballet

    Scottish Ballet is celebrating its 40th birthday. I have been following its progress for all those years, from the time of...

  20. October 4, 2009

    Scottish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

    Scottish Ballet is celebrating its 40th birthday. I have been following its progress for all those years, from the time of...

  21. September 8, 2009

    Scottish Ballet

    To launch its 40th anniversary season, Scottish Ballet presented a bold triple bill that opened with Frederick Ashton's...

  22. September 7, 2009

    Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh Playhouse

    To launch its 40th anniversary season, Scottish Ballet presented a bold triple bill that opened with Frederick Ashton’s...

  23. October 15, 2008

    Mariinsky Ballet

    They are the most beautiful dancers in the western world. They are from St Petersburg, and Vaganova School training,...

  24. October 14, 2008

    Mariinsky Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

    They are the most beautiful dancers in the western world. They are from St Petersburg, and Vaganova School training,...

  25. August 25, 2008

    The Copier, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York

    Far across town, near the Hudson River, where auto shops and car washes predominate in a characterless, largely industrial...

  26. August 12, 2008

    Standard fare for superdancers

    It's fascinating to see how certain dance companies evolve. Eight years ago, Jim Vincent took over as artistic director...

  27. August 11, 2008

    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York

    It’s fascinating to see how certain dance companies evolve. Eight years ago, Jim Vincent took over as artistic director from...

  28. April 16, 2008

    Kirov/Forsythe, City Center New York

    Taken in the spirit of a retrospective, an evening devoted to four William Forsythe ballets is not as unusual as it sounds,...

  29. November 15, 2007

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    To call Dwight Rhoden's choreography busy is an understatement. It conjures comparison with a speeded-up film of roundabout...

  30. October 4, 2007

    New Ballet

    Ballet, we know, can be the generic term for choreographies as different as Martha Graham's and William Forsythe's. But new...

  31. September 22, 2007

    Dance

    Morphoses/Wheeldon Company Sadler's Wells, London EC1 This short season by Christopher Wheeldon's very new troupe,...

  32. September 21, 2007

    Bold moves to lure a new audience

    Alas for hopes and aspirations. And for cart-loads of publicity. The first performance by Christopher Wheeldon's brand new...

  33. September 15, 2007

    DANCE

    Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company Sadler's Wells, London EC1 Morphoses is very much Wheeldon's troupe, based in New York and...

  34. September 8, 2007

    DANCE

    Alvin Ailey Dances Sadler's Wells, London EC1 The season of dance works made by or for New York's Alvin Ailey troupe...

  35. August 22, 2007

    Impressing the Czar/Scottish Ballet Triple Bill Festival Theatre/Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Feared lost (by whom I ask William Forsythe's Impressing the Czar has been revived by the Royal Ballet of Flanders under...

  36. August 18, 2007

    Dance

    Bolshoi Ballet Coliseum, London WC2 The Bolshoi Ballet's season at the London Coliseum ends today with matinee (at 2pm) and...

  37. August 6, 2007

    Guide Arts around the world

    Edinburgh Edinburgh International Festival A concert performance of Bernstein's Candidekicks off this year's Edinburgh...

  38. November 10, 2006

    Dutch National Ballet - Sadler's Wells, London

    I like the Netherlands enormously, from paintings to the efficiency of public services. But Dutch dance defeats me. Whence...

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