August 2006

  1. The Bolshoi Ballet in An overview of the whole season at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 23 August 2006 — Performance: August 06

    It has been a good summer for ballet in the capital and, in particular, it has been a good season for the Hochhausers. The impresarios’ decision to present a mixed programme by the Bolshoi at the Royal Ope… Continue Reading

  2. Various hip hop companies at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Michael Coveney, Observer, Wednesday 23 August 2006Performance

    ‘Last week’s opening event on the International Festival’s dance programme was a weird hip-hop production which came, like Charley’s Aunt and her nuts, from Brazil. Even weirder was the physical conjunction of five sullen young hip-hoppers and the… 

  3. Scottish Ballet in Mixed Bill at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 23 August 2006Performance

    ‘In this new mixed bill the dancers are poised for some of the programme – just not in Agon.’  

  4. Scottish Ballet in Mixed Bill at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 23 August 2006Performance

    ‘Spurred by Scottish Opera’s orchestra, the company looked exhilarated. This was a zesty showcase for them, and a big hit with the audience.’  

  5. Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 23 August 2006Performance Aug 06

    ‘Every person on the stage produced a performance that was exactly wrought: Viktor Alekhin and Maria Allash sparkled as the matador and his girl; the Spanish dancers clicked their castanets and swooped sensuously low; the gypsy dancers were melodramatically thrilli… 

  6. Bolshoi Ballet in Triple Bill at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sun.Times, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance 14 & 15 Aug

    ‘Ratmansky’s own Go for Broke, made last year, uses Stravinsky’s bright and sparky Jeu de cartes score, but jettisons the original theme of poker deals. The result is busy incoherence. As my companion remarked, it was choreography that hit you like a sc… 

  7. Bolshoi Ballet in The Bright Stream at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sun.Times, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance 10 & 11 Aug

    ‘Maria Alexandrova and the indispensable Sergei Filin, the glamorous ballerina and her partner, cross-dress for a high spot of the evening. She, sleek with bobbed hair and breeches, gives a brilliantly detailed male classical solo, and he, in white tulle, hilarious… 

  8. Bolshoi Ballet in Triple Bill at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance 14 & 15 Aug

    ‘His [Ratmansky’s Go For Broke] is a fast-moving ballet that takes every opportunity to play games with and to rhythm, seesawing between well-behaved classicism and a childlike delight in bursts of impish humour.’  

  9. Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance Aug 06

    ‘Osipova romped through it with such exuberance and flair, such feisty good humour and quick-witted panache, that her gutsy, lusty Kitri easily rates as the best performance of this Bolshoi visit. ‘  

  10. Grupo de Rua de Niteroi at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance

    ‘Eduardo Hermanson’s entire body moves in a controlled series of tiny internal explosions, while Eduardo Reis looks like a Bruce Lee tribute act auditioning for the next Kylie Minogue tour. The way they converge over 20 minutes is a fascinating blend of comba… 

  11. Bolshoi Ballet in Triple Bill at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance 14 & 15 Aug

    ‘Roland Petit’s Pique Dame, based on The Queen of Spades but danced to Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, is filled with choreography that looks like it was purchased as a job lot at an Am-Dram society’s end-of-season boot sale.’ 

  12. Bolshoi Ballet in The Bright Stream at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance 10 & 11 Aug

    ‘Ratmansky proves himself a deft caricaturist. He fills the stage with vivid grotesques, without ever allowing them to become macabre, and even his more rounded characters are drawn with impressively swift strokes.’ 

  13. Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance Aug 06

    ‘She [Natalia Osipova] appeared, flashing high over the stage in a sequence of jumps that had an electric vitality, an airy bravura, that I have not seen since Maya Plisetskaya showered us with stars in this same role 40 and more years ago.’ 

  14. Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 22 August 2006Performance Aug 06

    ‘This ability to treat ballet’s great traditions with seriousness and respect has been one of the many impressive qualities the Bolshoi has revealed over the past few weeks.’ 

  15. Cathy Marston Project
Dancer: Martina Langmann
Photo: Adrian Weinbrecht

    Cathy Marston launches her own company

    Wednesday 16 August 2006

    Choreographer and former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, Cathy Marston is launching her own dance company, The Cathy Marston Project. The new company has seven classically trained dancers for its fir… Continue Reading

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