sat 25/03/2017

Reviews

Aquarius review - 'the unease of contemporary Brazil'

Tom Birchenough

Politics certainly caught up with Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius. The Brazilian director and his cast appeared at their Cannes competition premiere last year with placards protesting that democracy in their native land was in peril: it was the day after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff had been suspended. Cut forward a few months, and the film’s autumn release coincided with the announcement that Rousseff would be thrown out of office and impeached.Given that Aquarius tells the story of...

Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Is English National Ballet's current predilection for acquiring European repertoire some kind of anti-Brexit statement, or just smart brand positioning?

Buchbinder, Philharmonia, Hrůša, RFH

David Nice

It's a rare concert when nothing need be questioned about the orchestral playing. The usual nagging doubts – about whether any of the London...

The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court, review...

Aleks Sierz

The beauty of fiction is that its stories have both compelling shape and deep meaning – they are dramas where things feel right and true and real....

Craig David, Brighton Centre

Thomas H Green

Craig David’s two-hour show, in two parts, receives an ecstatic response in Brighton. The audience, dominated by women in their twenties, is loudly...

Syria’s Disappeared review - 'must-watch can't-look record of Assad's atrocities'

Jasper Rees

Channel 4 documentary makes the case against Assad with indelible images and testimony

Life review - 'knuckle-gnawing moments of panic'

Adam Sweeting

Is there life on Mars? It would appear so

An American in Paris review - 'stagecraft couldn't be slicker'

Jenny Gilbert

Christopher Wheeldon's staging at the Dominion is the most glamorous escape in town

The First Commandment, Classical Opera, St John’s Smith Square

Peter Quantrill

The teenage Mozart's miraculous maturity

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory

Tom Birchenough

Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on 'Hamlet'

The Lost City of Z

Jasper Rees

Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson go rafting in Percy Fawcett's mystical Amazonian adventures

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment – Natural World, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

Caribbean conservationists fight back against man-made mayhem

SS–GB, Series Finale, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

It was the Germans wot won it

Reissue CDs Weekly: Chuck Berry

Kieron Tyler

Fabulous collection shows how one man’s music helped change the world

Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican

David Nice

Acting becomes being in Ivo van Hove's six-hour Shakespeare epic

The Salesman

Matt Wolf

Iranian Oscar winner pays attention, and then some, to Arthur Miller

Crystal Pite, Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

Extraordinary première by Canadian choreographer explores refugee experience through dance

Bryars and Reich, London Philharmonic Orchestra, RFH

Bernard Hughes

Excitement and emotion in an evening of minimalist classics

The Last Kingdom, Series 2, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Ninth century Nordic noir rides again

Michelangelo & Sebastiano, National Gallery

Florence Hallett

Exceptional loans redeem poor display in a tale of two Renaissance masters

Personal Shopper

Saskia Baron

Film noir? Ghost story? Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart flit compellingly between genres

Partenope, English National Opera

David Nice

Everyone in this Handel revival makes froth seem stylish and effortless

Midnight Sun, Sky Atlantic

Mark Sanderson

Multinational mayhem inside the Arctic Circle

Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina, Barbican

Alexandra Coghlan

Newly discovered works got a bit lost in the fuss and fog of this performance

The American Dream: Pop to the Present, British Museum

Marina Vaizey

Sixty years of print-making makes for a thrilling all-American portrait

Maurizio Pollini, RFH

Gavin Dixon

The old Pollini magic shines through despite ailing technique

Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Veronica Lee

Maria Friedman's revival of frothy comedy

Project Polunin, Sadler's Wells

Katie Colombus

Can ballet's bad boy live up to the hype?

theartsdesk in Bergen: Questions upon questions at Borealis Festival

Joe Muggs

The sublime, the ridiculous and the brain-cleansing in the bracing North Sea air

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