Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ageless Virtuoso; Dance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ageless Virtuoso; Dance

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

SYLVIE GUILLEM Sadler's Wells, EC1 ****

SARAH FRATER THERE'S a lot to say about Sylvie Guillem's new show, but the flair and virtuosity of her dancing stops you in your tracks. Despite the very considerable charisma of fellow dancer Nicolas Le Riche, you can't take your eyes off Guillem who, astonishingly, turned 46 this year yet is as physically assured as dancers half her age. And rather than perform easy-does-it choreography, the French ballerina performed new work by Mats Ek and William Forsythe that would challenge much younger dancers.

The triple bill opened with Rearray, a new duet for Guillem and Le Riche by the Americanborn Forsythe, who made In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated for Guillem back in 1987. To say Forsythe is unforgiving is putting it mildly. His classically inspired Rearray is complex and demanding, yet neither Guillem nor Le Riche showed a hint of strain.

Guillem returned in the solo Bye by another long-time collaborator Mats Ek, the Swedish choreography. …

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