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Judith Mackrell

Mariinsky Ballet mixed programme review the best of the season so far

Royal Opera House, LondonGolovine's original stage designs, Technicolor playing from the orchestra and the ardent energy of the corps brought this Firebird to flaming fruitionMost western productions of The Firebird come with the designs that Diaghilev co

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Wonders of the Universe/The Cut Tuk Show dance can be funny too

Comedy on the fringe may be dominated by individual standup shows, but this joyously absurd double-bill proves that dance too can be funny, surreal and rude.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo triumphs with Inala Edinburgh 2014 review

Edinburgh PlayhouseThe South African choir pairs with Rambert and Royal Ballet dancers for a dynamic marriage of contemporary dance and choral music How Ladysmith Black Mambazo became ballet dancers Ballet and beats: Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Inala in p

Mariinsky Ballet: Balanchine review performances of studied excellence

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Mariinsky's joyful dancing does much to make up for Balanchine's occasional lack of choreographic imaginationBalanchine's A Midsummer Nights Dream is little known in Britain, and for all those steeped in Ashton's well-loved ve

Solo for Two review Vasiliev and Osipova cast a spell in contemporary works

Coliseum, LondonA challenging programme by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita sees the Bolshoi dancers on superb formThe last time Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev appeared on the Coliseum stage together they were receiving standing ovati

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake review lyric sweep and poetic nuance

The Mariinsky company lives up to its reputation in a production brimming with collective and individual excellence.

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake review lyric sweep and poetic nuance

The Mariinsky company lives up to its reputation in a production brimming with collective and individual excellence.

All change for Osipova and Vasiliev

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev were the Bolshoi's golden couple – on stage and off. But their love affair is over and they're flirting with new kinds of dance. Judith Mackrell asks them what's going on.

Mariinsky Ballet: Romeo and Juliet review leads save dated classic

The violence is hammy, as are some performances in Lavrovsky's seminal ballet, but Vladimir Shklyarov and Diana Vishneva are nearly flawless.

Nobody's Baby review Arthur Pita's evocative dance fantasy

Royal Opera House, LondonDepression-era dance marathons provide the backdrop for this gruellingly long, and brilliantly inventive, pieceDuring the second world war, Covent Garden's Royal Opera House was converted to a dance hall, offering Londoners a refu