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‘Villanelle will be back!’ Killing Eve’s author speaks out over the catastrophic TV finale
The characters I created on the page have been a lifeline to so many. But I have words of comfort for fans devastated by its punishing ending

Luke Jennings

22, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Leaps and bounds: what I learned in 13 years as the Observer's dance critic
After filing his final dance review last month, Luke Jennings reflects on the transcendent highs and excruciating lows, and his hopes for the future of the art form

Luke Jennings

19, Jan, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Luke Jennings’s best dance of 2018
Dark deeds made their presence felt, Akram Khan bowed out in style, and Marianela Nuñez entranced at every turn

Luke Jennings

30, Dec, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Royal Ballet: Les Patineurs, Winter Dreams, The Concert review – dreams and misdemeanours
Delight and despair fight it out to the last as our dance critic of 13 years signs off

Luke Jennings

23, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; The Little Prince – a wild swan ride
The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball soars in Matthew Bourne’s enduring version of Swan Lake

Luke Jennings

16, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The Nutcracker review – in every sense a delight
It’s an unhappy Christmas for the mice again, but otherwise the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is dreamlike perfection

Luke Jennings

09, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The Unknown Soldier review – when ballet loses its way
Alastair Marriott’s new work underlines the difficulties of translating the horrors of trench warfare into dance

Luke Jennings

02, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The Knot review – till Instagram do us part
In puncturing the pomp of a wedding day, Didy Veldman also spotlights the biggest debate in ballet today

Luke Jennings

25, Nov, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Layla and Majnun review – to hell and Baku with Mark Morris
Morris’s dancers are consigned to margins as the Silkroad Ensemble and two of Azerbaijan’s greatest singers conjure lovelorn drama centre stage

Luke Jennings

18, Nov, 2018 @8:00 AM

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La Bayadère review – moonlit heights from Nuñez and co
Visually intoxicating and beautifully danced – mostly – by the Royal Ballet, Petipa’s Indian romance remains problematic

Luke Jennings

11, Nov, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Placebo review – the feeling is mutual
Clod Ensemble’s latest medical meditation asks audience members to monitor their own reaction to the show

Luke Jennings

04, Nov, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Medusa review – snakes with overbite
A retelling of the Greek myth for the #MeToo generation makes some clever points but clobbers them home

Luke Jennings

28, Oct, 2018 @7:00 AM

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