April 2006

  1. Royal Ballet in Giselle at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoë Anderson , Independent, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance 15-29 April

    “[Darcey] Bussell’s village girl is immediately real, with a freshness that lifts the ponderous naturalism of Peter Wright’s production. “ 

  2. Jean Abreu in Mixed Bill at The Place

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance April 2006

    “Jean Abreu is one of those choreographers whose vocabulary seems hewn directly out of their own bodies.”  

  3. Jean Abreu in Mixed Bill at The Place

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance April 2006

    “Deliberately inconclusive, the piece seemed to symbolise the warring forces which have to be reconciled within all of us.” 

  4. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance ongoing

    “the dance is terrific. Tharp’s kids – and, really, this show is all about the guys – kick up a storm.” 

  5. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Alastair Macaulay , Financial Times, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance Ongoing

    “The plot is a thinner excuse for dancing than the feeblest 19th-century ballet, and there are as many examples of virtuoso spinning and jumping and acrobatics as are to be found in entire ballet galas.”  

  6. Zoe Anderson in THE ROYAL BALLET: 75 years at Published by Faber

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance

    “Anderson picks her way with admirable skill through a minefield of artistic and political inadequacies, as well as through the season-by-season history of the dance and its dancers. Her narrative is wisely and carefully factual, entirely proper for a celebratory h… 

  7. Ballets Russes in Documentary film at Selected cinemas

    Press Review Louise Levene , Telegraph, Tuesday 18 April 2006Performance

    “This pacy, lovingly made film charts the rise and fall of the companies that took classical ballet from Melbourne to Montevideo after the death of Diaghilev, in 1929.” 

  8. Ballets Russes

    Ballet Russes

    Thursday 13 April 2006

    A documentary about the remarkable ballet company brings together interviews with its dancers and rare footage of their performances.The film is on general release from 21 April. Background ‘Hard to imagin… Continue Reading

  9. Javier De Frutos
Photo: Chris Nash

    New Artistic Director-Phoenix

    Wednesday 12 April 2006

    Javier De Frutos is to become the new Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Company. He succeeds Darshan Singh Bhuller and will take up the post in August this year. Speaking about his appointment he said “I … Continue Reading

  10. Royal Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 12 April 2006Performance 31 Mar 06

    ‘The stage was drenched with flowers and there was barely a dry eye in the house when Sylvie Guillem took her bow amidst thunderous applause on Friday at the end of what is widely thought to have been her last performance as Juliet.’ 

  11. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Charles Spenser, Telegraph, Wednesday 12 April 2006Performance ongoing

    ‘Sensitive ballet fans will doubtless find Movin’ Out appallingly loud and vulgar, but anyone with a passion for popular culture at its electrifying best will have an absolute blast.’ 

  12. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 12 April 2006Performance ongoing

    ‘For all the vaunted bittersweet lyricism of Joel’s songs, the music is too monochrome to force Tharp into any profound exploration of her material.’  

  13. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 12 April 2006Performance ongoing

    ‘..her dances here are music-theatre clichés, plus the odd ballet convention.’  

  14. Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical in Movin' Out at Apollo, Victoria

    Press Review Debra Craine, The Times, Wednesday 12 April 2006Performance ongoing

    ‘It’s the best show dancing in town’  

  15. Betsy Gregory
Photo: Paul Cardwell

    Dance Umbrella - new Director

    Monday 10 April 2006

    Dance Umbrella announced today that Betsy Gregory, currently their Associate Artistic Director, will become the Artistic Director when Val Bourne retires after this year festival. Announcing the appointment, Ric… Continue Reading

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