ballet

I never wanted it to end: Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill and Fonteyn celebration reviewed

14 June 2019 12:21

Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration Royal Opera House The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C Royal…

Remembering Rosemary Butcher – the choreographer who changed the way I see dance

9 August 2016 17:11

My ancient Liddell and Scott Greek dictionary of 1849 defines choreia as ‘a dancing, especially with joy’. The word choros…

The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells explain how Brexit will hurt dance

13 June 2016 18:52

What would Brexit mean to dance? Many big hitters in dance were among the 300-plus arts people who signed last…

Height, weight, hair colour, race, bum size: critics must be allowed to discuss how performers look

13 May 2016 16:44

‘Dancer sees red at critic’s ginger jibes’ was the Times headline on Tuesday. You can call the Royal Ballet dancer…

Giselle v Superman

5 April 2016 13:31

I’ve turned up at my local cinemas for quite a few of the live ballet relays that now represent a…

I’m having trouble finding an anti-woman conspiracy in dance

19 January 2016 17:44

I’m bemused by the outburst of claims that female choreographers are under-represented, held back, or discouraged by ‘institutionalised sexism’ from…

Sylvie Guillem is telling porkie-pies: this is not a vegan body

16 September 2015 17:54

The evangelical vegan ballerina Sylvie Guillem has been caught in a porkie-pie in her fervour to promote radical action against…

Ballet critics are not writing for dancers

18 August 2015 13:55

Some fans of Jonathan Ollivier, the fine dancer who was killed on his motorbike recently on the day he was…

Can you ballet-dance to words?

3 June 2015 17:51

Can you ballet-dance to words? How can choreography make any seriously worthwhile addition to a piece of music like Mahler’s…

Why dance needs a Simon Cowell

15 May 2015 17:08

I have more and more time for Simon Cowell. On Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night he was dishing out…

Why is British dance training so poor? ‘Diversity’ is trumping quality

16 April 2015 17:55

A very British thing happened at the dance industry conference last weekend. Three of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary choreographers…

The Kremlin is dictating Russian culture once more – and it’s neo-Soviet and anti-Western

18 February 2015 14:42

It’s suddenly gone icy-cold in Russia’s arts relations with us and the US. Last year’s Russia-UK Year of Culture just…

What happened to virtuosity in dance?

23 January 2015 16:42

I was watching the Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall last week, thinking how much base, uncomplicated…

Ismene Brown’s best of dance in 2014

30 December 2014 11:49

As the revels of the year end, here are my best memories. I think new was the word: new names, and…

The best (and worst) of ballet and dance over Christmas

19 December 2014 15:50

The Nutcracker, English National Ballet, until 4 Jan *** The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio, until 4 Jan ***** Edward Scissorhands, Sadler’s Wells, until 11 Jan *** Alice’s…

Hugo Chavez – the ballet

28 November 2014 17:12

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a…

English National Ballet’s star ballerina infuriates fans

19 November 2014 17:06

Which would you rather dance in: Milton Keynes or Moscow’s Bolshoi? It’s that age-old dilemma for a star ballerina like…

What happens to male ballet greats when they retire?

3 November 2014 15:46

What happens when a torrent of exceptional male stars leave the stage and flood the jobs market? Especially in a…

In praise of #WorldBalletDay, Ivan Vasiliev and beautiful butts

8 October 2014 10:00

The Twittersphere never fails to surprise but it’s still hard to believe that last week #WorldBalletDay actually beat #HongKong and…

We have a new dance critic – and she’s not happy with The Arts Council

26 September 2014 14:51

Hello. I recognize some of you. We’ve bumped against each other in Sadler’s Wells or Covent Garden or the Birmingham…