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Judith Mackrell

Royal Ballet: Manon review striking Osipova not quite in her stride

Natalia Osipovas portrayal of ballets most ambivalent and sexual female character is vivid but the production lacks directionKenneth MacMillans Manon may be 40 years old, but the ballets heroine remains one of the most contemporary or at least the most i

BalletBoyz: The Talent review mesmeric Wheeldon and murmuring Whitley

The dancers rise to the choreographers challenges in this mixed programme, which includes a dark and mythic piece by Kristen McNally.

KnowBody review dance that makes ageing look fun

With inspirations ranging from Pina Bausch to Frida Kahlo, this event for older dancers flaunted wrinkles and reading glasses in a joyous and poetic display.

Bus-pass ballet: the over-70s dancers who are going back to the barre

Dance worships the young. But a new show is giving older performers a chance to shine.

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.