December 2006

  1. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 15 December 2006Performance 8-24 Dec.06

    ‘It’s amazing how much better English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is this year…the real change comes from the dancers, who have restored the required warmth and sparkle.’  

  2. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 13 December 2006 — Performance: 8-24 Dec.06

    The ENB’s current version of *The Nutcracker, created in 2002, has been given a rocky road both by regular ballet-goers and the London-based dance critics. *Christopher Hampson’s choreography is not … Continue Reading

  3. Matthew Bourne

    Tuesday 12 December 2006

    Hannah Betts finds out how growing up in the East End of London, a love of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, plus a childhood diet of vintage movies & musicals, has shaped the work of one of Britain’s … Continue Reading

  4. Sadler's Wells

    Powerhouse of British Dance

    Tuesday 12 December 2006

    Debra Craine charts the successes of Sadler’s Wells since Alistair Spalding became chief executive and artistic director at the theatre. “When your mission is nothing less than to be the best dance t… Continue Reading

  5. Dina Husein & Anna Abalihina in In the Place of My Dream at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place

    Press Review Zoë Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 12 December 2006Performance Dec 06

    ‘It’s episodic and untidy, with plenty of whimsy and far too many false endings. Yet Husein and Abalihina are lively performers, with a sense of style.’  

  6. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 12 December 2006Performance 8-24 December 06

    ‘Scarfe’s bright, often camp, sets and costumes overwhelm and outdo Hampson’s mainly competent contribution at almost every turn. The wigs alone catch the eye, resembling candyfloss spun into various shapes and crazy artificial hues.’  

  7. Stan Won't Dance in Revelations at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 8 December 2006Performance Dec 06

    ‘Stan Won’t Dance strike big, bad attitudes, but there’s nothing here to back them up.’  

  8. Dina Husein & Anna Abalihina in In the Place of My Dream at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 8 December 2006Performance Dec 06

    ‘if My Dream is not yet a work to shout about, it does have the marks of a distinctive sensibility.’  

  9. Sugar Plum delight

    Wednesday 6 December 2006

    ‘As with most of the great moments in classical ballet, there is a sweaty, painful reality behind this epiphany – especially for the woman dancer.’ Read more from Judith Mackrell on the Nutcrac… Continue Reading

  10. Maison Martin Margiela pointe shoe bag

    Wanted: a load of old tutus

    Monday 4 December 2006

    A couple of years ago we ran a news story about the Paris fashion house Maison Martin Margiela who were appealing for old pointe shoes which they were using to make bags. Eventually they received some 2,000 used… Continue Reading

  11. Dance on prescription

    Monday 4 December 2006

    The government is announcing a new programme offering street dance and tango lessons on the NHS to combat the growing problem of obesity. Read more in the Telegraph, 4 Dec The relative merits of several differen… Continue Reading

  12. Theatre Museum looks north

    Monday 4 December 2006

    Blackpool Council has launched a bid to save the Theatre Museum when it closes in Covent Garden next year. The V& A (who own the Theatre Museum collection) and the council are working together on a feasibili… Continue Reading

  13. Mokhwa in Romeo & Juliet at The Pit, Barbican

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 4 December 2006Performance 23 Nov-9 Dec

    ‘Cast as comedy, it features wild slapstick, song and dance, and infectious quantities of grinning.’ 

  14. Darcey Bussell & Igor Zelensky at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 4 December 2006Performance 28 Nov-2 Dec

    ‘It’s [Le jeune homme et la mort] hugely enjoyable, and for teenagers and others of a morbidly romantic bent, a perfect introduction to ballet.’ 

  15. Darcey Bussell & Igor Zelensky at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 4 December 2006Performance 28 Nov-2 Dec

    ‘Expecting to be dazzled by two of the dance world’s brightest lights, what they got was low-watt energy-saving.’ 

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