Sylvie at 46

Sylvie Guillem won high praise – four stars from London critics – for her brief season last week at Sadlers Wells where she danced in two new works by William Forsythe and Mats Ek.

Only Sylvie, now 46, could call these two choreographers and say “make a new work on me” and the response would be “how soon?”

Forsythe’s duet, Rearray, was one of three pieces in the evening titled 6,000 Miles Away, a reference to Japan, a country Guillem loves.

Even the curmudgeonly Clement Crisp of The Financial Times loved the Forsythe piece but, true to form, he still hates the work of the other two choreographers, Mats Ek and Jiri Kylian, the latter danced by two dancers from Nederlands Dans Theatre.

It’s very unlikely that Crisp will ever change his mind on these two men.

But like A.A. Gill, whose words dismember his victims with style and relish, Crisp’s confident dismissals are usually witty and often mercifully brief.

One succinct paragraph sees off his betes noires this time.

Click here for his review from yesterday.

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Guillem and Le Riche in Rearray

Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche in Rearray, photo © Alastair Muir