Spartacus ballet review (Sydney Opera House)

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Remade as a muscular, heroic underdog for our times, this new Spartacus is crisp and compelling storytelling. Despite Khachaturian’s glorious, ever-shifting melodies, Lucas Jervies’ choreography does veer to the repetitive and monosyllabic, but he’s a director well versed in the drama of theatre; and with dramaturg, fellow director Imara Savage, knows how to stage a good

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Forever and Ever dance review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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Antony Hamilton’s new work is like some frenzied techno party, with fantastical costumes, lasers and colour flashes, dancers forged into fractured robots – it all makes you wonder what they’re on. And it makes the first in this Sydney Dance Company double bill, a revival of Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind, seem almost classical, even lyrical. Composer Julian Hamilton, from The Presets, came to his brother Antony with just a few “acid lines” to choose from, one

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Candide review (Sydney Opera House)

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They’ve been rewriting this now applauded Leonard Bernstein musical ever since he created it back in the 1950s.   Famed leftist playwright Lillian Hellman wrote the first text, while under the shadow of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but a long parade of writers and especially lyricists have played their bit.    Actually Voltaire wrote

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Ab (Intra) dance review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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After a decade running the Sydney Dance Company, Rafael Bonachela’s new full-length work finally proves how much more he is than a master showman and frenzied crowd controller. ab [Intra] – Latin apparently for from within – began with his 15 dancers in the studio scribbling their thoughts, feelings and ideas on yellow Post-it notes.

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Bennelong review (Bangarra, Sydney Opera House)

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Under the sails of the Sydney Opera House, on the same harbour point where Governor Phillip once built him a brick hut, Bangarra now stages this remarkable dance theatre tale about Bennelong. Snatched away to be the colony’s ambassador to his people, Bennelong was reportedly the first Aboriginal man to learn and write English, take

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Sydney Dance Company: Untamed review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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Untamed leads with Gabrielle Nankivell’s mesmerising journey through forms of animals, humans and mechanised tribes, and closes in a whirlpool of flying dance with Rafael Bonachela returning to his favourite sounds of strings and cello. In matching her work Wildebeest with his, Anima, Bonachela shows again his knack for good artistic direction at Sydney Dance

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Off the record Dance Review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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Hobbled by the Black Friday cuts back in May, when Force Majeure lost all their Australia Council funding, the dance theatre company now explores the limits of identity in those with or without a disability. Off the Record is Force Majeure’s first show since founding director Kate Champion left the company last year but continues

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Cosi fan tutte review (Sydney Opera House)

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This merry tale about men betting on the inevitable infidelity of women was thought by Beethoven and Wagner as too inconsequential for Mozart’s musical talents. Most of the 19th Century dismissed it anyway as a scandalous anachronism. But in this outstanding new version, British director David McVicar brings to Cosi fan tutte vivid theatrical energy

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SDC’s Countermove (Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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With its now famous lampooning of dance critics and the vacuousness of so much contemporary dance, the compelling dance work of young Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman is a tough act to follow. In this Sydney Dance Company double bill, its artistic director Rafael Bonachela does so with a dark new work which appears to throw

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