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Emma Byrne


Pina Bausch Kontakthof at Sadler’s Wells review: love’s a battlefield

Nothing is shied away from in this snapshot of human desires, played out in all their messy glory

Feb 4, 2022

The best dance, opera and classical music to book in London in 2022

From a celebration of the power of the voice to an adaptation of a dystopian novel, the worlds of dance, opera and classical music are looking firmly forward

Jan 18, 2022

Sergei Polunin’s Romeo & Juliet: Might this finally be his comeback?

The bad boy of ballet seems to be growing up at last, and this new production is his savviest yet

Dec 2, 2021

Akram Khan Outwitting the Devil: Great dancing but what’s going on?

A programme note or two wouldn’t have gone amiss...

Nov 25, 2021

Giselle review: A radical romance from risk-taker Natalia Osipova

Osipova’s deeply thought through interpretation of this role is among the most definitive of her generation

Nov 5, 2021

The Dante Project by Wayne McGregor review: One hell of a show

The choreographer’s latest epic follows the poet’s journey from the inferno to the light - and it’s heavenly

Oct 15, 2021

Romeo and Juliet review: a first-class return from the Royal Ballet

Real-life couple Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales play the star-cross’d lovers

Oct 6, 2021

Matthew Bourne interview: I think I have one more big show in me

Sir Matthew Bourne talks to Emma Byrne about his new Soho-set ballet, the death of Liam Scarlett and whether this might be his last show

Sep 30, 2021

Akram Khan Creature review: Too much head, not enough heart

This much-anticipated work will make a much-needed difference to the balance sheet, but it might not move audiences as much as it hopes

Sep 24, 2021

Reunion by English National Ballet review: a magical mixed bill

Danced live for the first time these five new works enchanted, unsettled and brought a smile to the face

May 18, 2021

Royal Ballet’s Kevin O’Hare: ‘We won’t shy away from diversity issues’

The company’s director acknowledges that coming out of the pandemic is an opportunity to make much-needed change

Mar 24, 2021