December 2004

  1. Ballet Dream

    Tuesday 7 December 2004

    Laura Thompson has been commissioned to make a film for BBC4, Back to the Barre, in which she will dance. She talks about coming back to ballet after a break of 20 years, and how it felt to perform again _’… Continue Reading

  2. Swan Lake

    Tuesday 7 December 2004

    Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, famous for its all-male cast of swans, is currently showing at Sadler’s Wells over Christmas and into the New Year. Judith Mackrell talks to its stars past and present, Gu… Continue Reading

  3. Audiences desert West End

    Monday 6 December 2004

    Figures show a 13% decline in West End audience numbers, with drama faring particularly badly. Musical are proving a more reliable bet for promoters and for the first time ever they outnumber straight plays. Sun… Continue Reading

  4. C'est Duckie returns to the Barbican

    Monday 6 December 2004

    Last years show won an Olivier Award, but accolades aren’t the point for creator Simon Casson. “What we do is performance art, which is boring, meets showbiz, which is vacuous,” says Casson. &#… Continue Reading

  5. Dame Alicia Markova

    Dame Alicia Markova

    Friday 3 December 2004

    Dame Alica Markova, one of the most influential figures in British dance, has died at the age of 94. She was in hospital in Bath and had friends said ‘she had been gradually fading away this year.’ S… Continue Reading

  6. Cloudgate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

    Wednesday 1 December 2004

    bring Bamboo Dream to the Barbican this week. Their Director, Lin Hwai-min explains that his dancers are trained in calligraphy. “It’s an exercise of energy, rhythm, dynamic – in short, breathi… Continue Reading


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