The Year in Review: Best dance of 2010
Friday 24 December 2010
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet
Royal Opera House, London
The Bolshoi Ballet's visit was dominated by two stars: Vasiliev was a fiery, impassioned Spartacus; Osipova was a delightful Swanilda and a scary, corpse bride Giselle. Together, they danced a sensational Don Quixote, tearing through the steps with outrageous glee.
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Mark Morris Dance Group
How often does dance make you cry with joy? Mark Morris's L'allegro is a radiant masterpiece, evoking Milton's and Handel's pastoral world in bright colours and blissful dancing.
Susan & Darren
Sadler's Wells, London
Darren Pritchard and his mum Susan dance and talk about their lives in this touching show. It's unnervingly open, sometimes horrifying and often very funny.
Gnosis, Akram Khan Company
Khan drew on his classical Kathak training in a dance built around blindness, ending with the extraordinary image of Khan as a woman in a fire, shaking like flames in the wind.
Cinderella , Birmingham Royal Ballet
In a year of Cinderellas, David Bintley's new production was the winner, with superb designs by John Macfarlane, some good jokes and a tender heart.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Jeremy Clarkson calls on trolls to leave producer Oisin Tymon alone: 'None of this is his fault'
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James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
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JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest