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February 18, 2020

A hush comes over the audience at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. On stage, a suit-clad man reaches for a tape recorder. A woman in a lurid pink dress writhes on her back, hands outstretched. The floor is swallowed by hundreds of dead leaves. This is how the UK premie...

February 13, 2020

Cowpuncher My Ass is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Taking cues from London and the American West, this explosive dance show creates an inclusive space by both accepting and tearing down labels and stereotypes. Renowned British choreographer Holly Blakey is respon...

February 6, 2020

When Alice’s Adventures Under Ground first premiered a few years back, the thought of this frenzied and fraught production finding a home at the prestigious Royal Opera House seemed shocking. In a fantastical turn of events, Anthony McDonald has staged Gerald Barry’s o...

February 5, 2020

9pm, Lilian Baylis Studio, London. Myself and four other women are ushered into a corridor and given warnings by a strangely dressed theatre attendant in the case of asthma or epilepsy. We are then led through double doors, down a slope and into a dark, silent room. We...

February 2, 2020

John Cranko’s ballet Onegin was performed with exceptional artistry at the Royal Opera House last week. Based on Alexander Pushkin's verse-novel Eugene Onegin, Cranko’s choreography depicts a romantic tale of unfulfilled love, while Kurt-Heinz Stolze’s arrangement of v...

December 16, 2019

The English National Ballet’s latest take on The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum continues a longstanding festive tradition, and is certainly one to see. Written by Tchaikovsky in 1892, The Nutcracker debuted in the same year at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg...

December 13, 2019

Keith Warner makes his return to the Royal Opera House, directing Verdi’s penultimate opera, Otello, with visual and musical intricacy. Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Warner’s production accentuates the calamitous effects of jealousy and love. The mu...

December 9, 2019

On 29th November, choreographer Joe Moran and the Dance Art Foundation invited the audience into Sadler’s Wells' cozy and intimate Lillian Baylis Studio to present two new pieces of contemporary dance: the twelve-minute solo, Decommission, and the fifty-minut...

December 6, 2019

Coppélia, with its magnificent choreography, colourful set design and beautiful costumes, is a performance anyone will very much enjoy, premiering on the night of Thanksgiving.

First performed in 1870 at the Paris Opera, Coppélia is a Romantic ballet centred on the...

November 28, 2019

Death in Venice is considered to be Benjamin Britten's greatest confessional piece. First written and performed in 1973, with the tenor role intended for his life partner, Peter Pears, the opera is closely based on Thomas Mann's 1921 novella Der Tod in Venedig. The plo...

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