The tone for William Forsythe's I Don't Believe in Outer Space is set by dancer Dana Caspersen, who acts out both sides of a conversation with such exaggerated physical and vocal mannerisms that she becomes a postmodernist Gollum act.
Wayne McGregor's dancers move as if they have a few more vertebrae than the rest of us. They are rarely relaxed or neutral. Backs arch, buttocks jut, shoulders hunch and wrists twist. For all the curlicues, they dance with attack and clarity, both mannered and highly articulate.
Could a dance show help treat depression? Wayne McGregor's new production may do just that, says Clemency Burton-Hill
With Winter Variations, Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat takes an earlier idea and stretches it to breaking point. This hour-long duet repeats themes from his earlier Winter Voyage – and repeats them, and repeats them. It wears thin.
Stilettos, platforms, flippers – they're all here in this footwear fetishist's heaven
This first full-length work by Hofesh Shechter is driven by the beat. Dancers lope and stamp through folk-inflected steps, picked out by spotlights or vanishing into blackness. Shechter adds winding Eastern lines, thunderous drums and electric guitar, but it's the drumbeat that powers this dance.
A tropical triumph of a revival
Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is known for his collaborations. He's recently worked with Akram Khan, with Shaolin Temple monks, with the sculptor Antony Gormley. Gormley is back for Babel (words): Cherkaoui's multi-cultural cast argue in a mix of languages, framed by steel Gormley shapes that suggest towers or cages.
Rufus Wainwright is the past master of “operatic pop”. He writes wonderful and original songs – witty, ironic, insidiously memorable.
If this is what's meant by flamenco nuevo, then I'm a Spanish aunt
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In Acosta, we have a noble performer with nothing left to prove
Matthew Bourne's take on Oscar Wilde's story has strong performances but is hollow at the core
The racing calendar has evolved haphazardly but still provides cherished test
Mullins' hurdler looks future champion as Master Minded just scrapes home
Feathers fly – and so does the hero