She Persisted, ENB, Sadler’s Wells, review: an all-guns #MeToo broadside

Katja Khuniukova as Frida Kahlo in ENB's Broken Wings
Katja Khuniukova as Frida Kahlo in ENB's Broken Wings Credit: Alastair Muir

Is it encouraging and emancipating – or patronising and pigeonholing – to showcase “female choreographers”? Either way, there’s no doubt that women are sorely under-represented in the realm of dance-creation, and you could hardly accuse English National Ballet (under dancer-director Tamara Rojo) of not sticking to its guns.

Three years ago, it unveiled She Said, a triple bill of new works by women. Now, also at Sadler’s Wells, it is serving up an even more explicit #MeToo-era broadside, with She Persisted. Not only are these three works once again all by women, they feature women up against men unfaithful (Broken Wings), by turns belittling and manipulative (Nora), and collectively murderous...

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