Articles by Laura Dodge

A Five Star Swashbuckling Adventure From English National Ballet

A Five Star Swashbuckling Adventure From English National Ballet

Le Corsaire is a sunny pirate antidote to London's rainy January. | By Laura Dodge ★★★★★
Review: Is Elf The Musical Worth The High Price Tag?

Review: Is Elf The Musical Worth The High Price Tag?

Top price is £240. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
Into the Hoods Review: A Hip Hop Fairy Tale Mash-up

Into the Hoods Review: A Hip Hop Fairy Tale Mash-up

Even your gran will enjoy Spinderella and Rap-on-Zel's break-dancing. | By Laura Dodge ★★★★☆
12 Labours Of Hercules To Be Performed In Central London

12 Labours Of Hercules To Be Performed In Central London

Battles, beasts and poo. | By Laura Dodge
Ladysmith Black Mambazo In Zulu Ballet Inala

Ladysmith Black Mambazo In Zulu Ballet Inala

Music and dance evoke South Africa. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
Wonderful Baffling Ballet And Lemons: Diana Vishneva

Wonderful Baffling Ballet And Lemons: Diana Vishneva

Captivating and confusing. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
Bayadère - The Ninth Life Fails To Live Up To Expectations

Bayadère - The Ninth Life Fails To Live Up To Expectations

Choreography lost amongst chaotic concepts. | By Laura Dodge ★★☆☆☆
Modern Masters: Powerful Ballet Without A Tutu In Sight

Modern Masters: Powerful Ballet Without A Tutu In Sight

English National Ballet excels in three contemporary works. | By Laura Dodge ★★★★☆
Prokofiev And Lady Gaga Team Up In Romeo And Juliet

Prokofiev And Lady Gaga Team Up In Romeo And Juliet

Confusion ensues. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
A Diversity Of Dance In The Associates At Sadler's Wells

A Diversity Of Dance In The Associates At Sadler's Wells

Three choreographers with 21st century approaches to dance-making. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
Mad Hatter's Tea Party Gets A Hip Hop Makeover

Mad Hatter's Tea Party Gets A Hip Hop Makeover

Cups, saucers and body popping. | By Laura Dodge ★★★★☆
Cascading Streams Of Dancers In Rambert's Triptych

Cascading Streams Of Dancers In Rambert's Triptych

Triple bill showcases skill but lacks innovation. | By Laura Dodge ★★★☆☆
Beauty And The Beast: Not Very Magical

Beauty And The Beast: Not Very Magical

Magical sets and music, but production lacks clarity | By Laura Dodge
Tapping And Tailcoats In Top Hat

Tapping And Tailcoats In Top Hat

Tap-tastic stage version of 1935 film. | By Laura Dodge
Marry Me A Little

Marry Me A Little

Sondheim musical has a hard-to-follow narrative. | By Laura Dodge
Coppelia: Laugh-Out-Loud Ballet

Coppelia: Laugh-Out-Loud Ballet

A rip-roaring show for newcomers to the genre. | By Laura Dodge
Romeo And Juliet: A Ballet Spectacle

Romeo And Juliet: A Ballet Spectacle

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta shine at the Royal Albert Hall | By Laura Dodge
Havana Rakatan: Celebrating Cuba's Music and Dance

Havana Rakatan: Celebrating Cuba's Music and Dance

A vibrant evening out with toe-tapping live music. | By Laura Dodge
Avenue Q: Hilarious, Risque And Brilliantly Performed

Avenue Q: Hilarious, Risque And Brilliantly Performed

Cute puppets, rude jokes and catchy songs. What more could you want? | By Laura Dodge
My First Coppelia: A Charming Introduction To Ballet

My First Coppelia: A Charming Introduction To Ballet

A great way to inspire and entertain youngsters this Easter. | By Laura Dodge
Les Ballets De Monte Carlo's LAC Is Lacking

Les Ballets De Monte Carlo's LAC Is Lacking

A confusing, overly-exuberant and at times rather sinister version of Swan Lake. | By Laura Dodge
Lest We Forget: English National Ballet Punches With Power

Lest We Forget: English National Ballet Punches With Power

Quadruple bill of innovative choreographic collaborations. | By Laura Dodge
Kings Of The Dance Shows Ballet's Athleticism, Comedy And Drama

Kings Of The Dance Shows Ballet's Athleticism, Comedy And Drama

Ivan Vasiliev is worth the ticket price alone. | By Laura Dodge
Cloud Dance Gate Theatre: Innovative, Mesmeric And Beautiful

Cloud Dance Gate Theatre: Innovative, Mesmeric And Beautiful

Nine Songs' imagery is diverse and evocative | By Laura Dodge
Blaze: Feel-Good Street Dance Wows At Peacock Theatre

Blaze: Feel-Good Street Dance Wows At Peacock Theatre

Breaking, locking and popping fun. | By Laura Dodge
Ignis: Introspective Fire-Inspired Dance Theatre

Ignis: Introspective Fire-Inspired Dance Theatre

Hubert Essakow's latest work is thought-provoking but lacks dynamism. | By Laura Dodge
The Merchants Of Bollywood: Glitter And Melodrama

The Merchants Of Bollywood: Glitter And Melodrama

A slapstick tribute to Bollywood film. | By Laura Dodge
Musical Choreography By Mark Morris Dance Group

Musical Choreography By Mark Morris Dance Group

Three dance works in Mark Morris's uniquely musical style. | By Laura Dodge
A Shakespearean Ballet Farce

A Shakespearean Ballet Farce

The Taming of the Shrew is all slapstick humour in John Cranko's ballet. | By Laura Dodge
Chinese-British Collaboration Through Dance At Sadler's Wells

Chinese-British Collaboration Through Dance At Sadler's Wells

Like haute cuisine - a five course taster menu showcasing two exquisite dancers. | By Laura Dodge
Wales, Weddings And Water

Wales, Weddings And Water

A superb company of dancers but mixed-quality choreography. | By Laura Dodge
Pantomime Meets Classical Ballet In The Nutcracker On Ice

Pantomime Meets Classical Ballet In The Nutcracker On Ice

Keith Chegwin stars in this ice-skating version of the Christmas classic. | By Laura Dodge
Cycling, Contorting And Climbing Extraordinaire

Cycling, Contorting And Climbing Extraordinaire

Prepare to be dazzled by impressive circus skills. | By Laura Dodge
Vampiric Bloodsucking Meets Contemporary Dance

Vampiric Bloodsucking Meets Contemporary Dance

Mark Bruce Company's dance work is filled with Halloween spookiness. | By Laura Dodge
Let's Go To The (Cedar) Lake At Sadler's Wells

Let's Go To The (Cedar) Lake At Sadler's Wells

Talented dancers of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in three diverse works. | By Laura Dodge
Groove On Down The Road Really Grooves

Groove On Down The Road Really Grooves

Polished hip hop dancing from ZooNation Youth Company | By Laura Dodge
Jane Eyre Ballet: Mad Wife Takes Centre Stage

Jane Eyre Ballet: Mad Wife Takes Centre Stage

An unusual slant on Brontë's classic novel. | By Laura Dodge
Carlos Acosta At The Coliseum: Cuba's Biggest Star Shines Bright

Carlos Acosta At The Coliseum: Cuba's Biggest Star Shines Bright

A challenging and diverse range of works superbly performed | By Laura Dodge
Les Saisons Russes Du XX1e Siecle: London Coliseum Turns Russian

Les Saisons Russes Du XX1e Siecle: London Coliseum Turns Russian

A disappointing triple bill, lacking the magic of Diaghilev's original ballets. | By Laura Dodge
Ballet Talent From Boston Comes To London's Coliseum

Ballet Talent From Boston Comes To London's Coliseum

Boston Ballet's Programme 1 showcases dancers on top form. | By Laura Dodge
Forsythe Company At Sadler's Wells: Whooshing Vocals and Rippling Spines

Forsythe Company At Sadler's Wells: Whooshing Vocals and Rippling Spines

Forsythe's inimitable movement style lacks punch in this double bill. | By Laura Dodge
The Great Gatsby Ballet: Heartache, Beautiful Choreography And 1920s Glamour

The Great Gatsby Ballet: Heartache, Beautiful Choreography And 1920s Glamour

A difficult-to-follow storyline but gorgeous dancing, music and designs. | By Laura Dodge
Hofesh Shechter Company At Sadler's Wells: Visceral, Raw And Animalistic

Hofesh Shechter Company At Sadler's Wells: Visceral, Raw And Animalistic

An incredible movement style, but low lighting and excessive volume make it hard to appreciate. | By Laura Dodge
Top 11 Theatre Annoyances

Top 11 Theatre Annoyances

Phones ringing and screaming children are the obvious ones, but what else makes us mad in the theatre? | By Laura Dodge
Romeo And Juliet At Sadler's Wells: Canadian Ballet Returns to London

Romeo And Juliet At Sadler's Wells: Canadian Ballet Returns to London

A fresh ballet version of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. | By Laura Dodge
Laurencia At London Coliseum: Firework Dancers Catapulting Around The Stage

Laurencia At London Coliseum: Firework Dancers Catapulting Around The Stage

An utterly ridiculous ballet saved only by its lead duo. | By Laura Dodge
Giselle At London Coliseum: Sublime Technique Amidst Overgrown Ivy

Giselle At London Coliseum: Sublime Technique Amidst Overgrown Ivy

The ballet belongs to Natalia Osipova, with her superb technique and beautiful characterisation. | By Laura Dodge

Gala Flamenca At Sadler's Wells: Nureyevs Of The Flamenco World

Traditional and contemporary dancing concludes the Flamenco Festival. | By Laura Dodge