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Judith Mackrell

Royal Ballet Mixed Programme - review

Alexei Ratmansky is the choreographer of the moment, the man with a golden touch, and the buzz of expectation surrounding his first creation for the Royal has been distractingly high. In fact, 24 Preludes isn't the masterpiece some were hoping for, though

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin - review

Very few companies can afford not to have a few family-friendly, fairytale ballets in their repertory and David Bintley has been candid in admitting that his Aladdin offers exactly "what it says on the tin". With its simple storytelling, bright, extrovert

Flow - review

The Print Room, London Hubert Essakow 's multimedia dance work puts a new spin on immersive performance. Waterproof capes are handed out as we enter the tiny Print Room theatre, and by the last 10 minutes, everyone is sheltering gratefully under them

The Old King - review

Linbury Studio, London Writers have a thousand ways of portraying end-of-the-world angst: Shakespeare's Lear ranting into the storm; Beckett's Winnie, chatting blithely into the void. For dancers, though, the options are more limited - especially when it

Sergei Filin may be as much a victim of Bolshoi politics as acid attack | Judith Mackrell

The company's internal dealings can be as murky and turbulent as state affairs - and Filin wouldn't be the first artistic director to pay the price In March 2011, when I wrote about the toxic background to Sergei Filin's appointment as artistic director