November 2007

  1. Royal Ballet in Jewels at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Sunday 25 November 2007 — Performance: 23 Nov - 7 Dec 07

    23 November Legend has it that George Balanchine conceived this triple strand of one-act abstract ballets when he saw an arrangement of precious gems in the window of Van Cleef & Arpels on Fifth Avenue, New … Continue Reading

  2. The Place Prize 2008 Call for Entries

    Friday 23 November 2007

    The third Place Prize for choreography takes place in September 2008 – and entries are now being accepted. Over £140,000 is awarded in commissioning work by the choreographers selected and in prize money.… Continue Reading

  3. Maurice Béjart dies aged 80

    Friday 23 November 2007

    The French choreographer who brought ballet to a wide audience in Europe died this week. Monica Mason, Royal Ballet Director said ‘Maurice Béjart was one of the greatest dance theatre creators of the 20th… Continue Reading

  4. Firsts at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Friday 23 November 2007Performance 21 - 28 Nov 07

    ‘The evening itself, a variety mix of hip hop, circus, dance and opera proved less fun than it promised. Thank goodness for Jonzi D, because his Tag extract was the best of it.’ 

  5. Firsts at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 23 November 2007Performance 21 - 28 Nov 07

    ‘Ooh good, you think, all that new. Only as soon as the programme starts you realise it just isn’t true.’  

  6. h2dance in To Die for at Laban

    Press Review Katie Fish, , Friday 23 November 2007Performance 21 Nov 07

    *To Die For* begins simply – and originally – with a game of ‘Simon says’ between Hanna Gillgren, the choreographer, and her four dancers – Darren Anderson, Laura Doehler, Gareth Green & Nicholas Lawson. As Gillgren instructs the dancer… 

  7. Designing Jewels

    Wednesday 21 November 2007

    Jean-Marc Puissant, designer for the Royal Ballet’s programme of Balanchine ballets has an inbuilt advantage: “I know as a former dancer how design can affect every aspect of your performance….… Continue Reading

  8. Jin Xing in The Closest – The Furthest at The Place

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 21 November 2007Performance Nov 07

    ‘…a dotty mixture of a show…It’s a near thing, but it works.’ 

  9. Rambert Dance Company in L’eveil, Gran Partita, Swansong, Infinity at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 21 November 2007Performance 13 - 17 Nov 07

    ‘Director Mark Baldwin hasn’t had much luck with new works lately. In this evening at Sadler’s Wells, only the oldest dance had any energy.’ 

  10. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Sum/Some of the Parts at The Place

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 21 November 2007Performance 17 & 18 Nov 07

    ‘The Place is just a short stroll from the new St Pancras International, so it makes sense for the contemporary dance venue to celebrate the station’s historic opening.’  

  11. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Sum/Some of the Parts at The Place

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 21 November 2007Performance 17 & 18 Nov 07

    ***’… beneath this surface spontaneity, the choreography is orchestrated into a web of mesmerising complexity – moments of unison that converge from nowhere, duets that zigzag like witty, off-the-cuff conversations.’ 

  12. Heather Cornell & Andy Milne at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Press Review Lyndsey Winship, The Stage, Monday 19 November 2007Performance 16 -18 Nov 07

    ‘Cornell weaves in and out of the music, tripping lightly through its rhythms, playfully conversing with members of the band and heading off on improvisatory journeys with them.’ 

  13. Rambert Dance Company in L’eveil, Gran Partita, Swansong, Infinity at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 19 November 2007Performance 13 - 17 Nov 07

    ‘..the current programme requires mastery of not only ballet and contemporary, but also tap, gymnastics and advanced yoga. The musical content, too, ranges far and wide, from oriental gongs to cabaret, and from storming Nina Simone blues to orchestral Mozart, most … 

  14. Rambert Dance Company in L’eveil, Gran Partita, Swansong, Infinity at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 19 November 2007Performance 13 - 17 Nov 07

    ‘Each time we see Rambert Dance Company, what impresses most is the quality of the dancing from this finely honed troupe under Mark Baldwin’s directorship.’ 

  15. Rambert Dance Company in L’eveil, Gran Partita, Swansong, Infinity at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 19 November 2007Performance 13 - 17 Nov 07

    ‘The uncompromising willingness of Rambert Dance to commission and perform new work makes any evening spent in their company a fresh and engrossing experience. But picking a winner to back, a piece that will last the course, is treacherous and tricky – and bo… 

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