December 2007

  1. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 20 December 2007 — Performance: 19 Dec - 5 Jan 08

    19 December 2007 Each Christmas in the USA brings hundreds of productions of The Nutcracker, both sustaining the annual budgets of professional ballet companies across the States and providing a once-a-year perf… Continue Reading

  2. Christopher Wheeldon in 'Strictly Bolshoi'

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    Wednesday 19 December 2007

    There are plenty of reasons for staying in this Christmas and cosying up to a TV or computer screen… On Christmas Day afternoon Channel 4 are screening Strictly Bolshoi, the Ballet Boyz’ documentary … Continue Reading

  3. New Adventures in Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! at Sadler's Wells

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 19 December 2007 — Performance: 13 Dec 07 - 20 Jan 08

    London is occupied! This time the rats have a king, sweets can dance and snowflakes are littering the stages – it’s Nutcracker season. Of all the shows on offer this Christmas season, Matthew Bourne&… Continue Reading

  4. Arts Council England cuts in funding

    Monday 17 December 2007

    Around 200 arts organisations in England have been told that their funding will cease in April. Around 75% of funded companies will be receiving funding matching inflation or above and eighty new organizations w… Continue Reading

  5. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Allen Robertson, Times, Monday 17 December 2007Performance 8 Dec 07 - 19 Jan 08 (various dates)

    ‘…except for hardcore ballet fans it doesn’t matter which cast you see. It is the production itself that is the star.’  

  6. ROH2 in Pinocchio at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 17 December 2007Performance 10 Dec - 5 Jan 08

    ‘Will Tuckett’s dance-theatre production has an inventively creepy way with the story, from Pinocchio’s stiff-limbed walk to that terrifying glue factory.’  

  7. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Sam Marlowe, Times, Monday 17 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘The best moment comes when the entire company are engaged in a dance sequence in which they leap, entwine and fling each other through space in a dazzling display of athleticism.’  

  8. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 17 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘… the highs – a trapezist spinning wildly to the climax of a Coldplay ballad, the sheer rubbery invention of the physical clowning, and the realisation that a summons to one and all to climb on stage at the end and eat apple pie is genuine – make… 

  9. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Lyn Gardner, Guardian, Monday 17 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘..this is pretty run-of-the- mill stuff performed by a company who sometimes look past their prime and have none of the dynamism of their Edinburgh colleagues, or a willingness to genuinely reveal themselves through the very act of performing.’  

  10. Strictly Come Dancing Semi-Final at BBC1

    Libby Costello, Saturday 15 December 2007 — Performance: 15 December 2007

    Dance is truly at the centre of entertainment this Christmas. Most traditional London performance have been a sell out for weeks, advertises are using genres from tap to streetdance to sell products and BBC1R… Continue Reading

  11. Looking to the future

    Friday 14 December 2007

    English National Ballet is starting a new junior school so that they can train home grown talent from the age eleven. Read more in the Times, 9 Dec 07… Continue Reading

  12. Demon Juice

    Friday 14 December 2007 by Melanie Nix

    Demon Juice, performed at both Stratford Circus and the Royal Opera House in November 2007, was the result of a partnership between the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance. Composed by John Brown… Continue Reading

  13. Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!'

    Friday 14 December 2007

    Matthew Bourne’s affectionate rework of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is back at Sadler’s Wells for Christmas (13 Dec – 20 Jan 08). More details/online booking = Continue Reading

  14. Dance UK Industry Award

    Friday 14 December 2007

    Dance UK Industry Award *Do you know of someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to move dance forward and enable the dance art form to thrive? If so, Dance UK wants to hear about them!* The Dance UK I… Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 14 December 2007Performance 8 Dec 07 - 19 Jan 08 (various dates)

    ‘Yes, it really is possible for wizened old critics to blub over the Sugar Plum Fairy, and even the Stahlbaum family, whose beautiful manners normally have me reaching for the shotgun.’  


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