December 2008

  1. Ballroom Dancing Boom

    Tuesday 23 December 2008

    Ballroom is back in the spotlight thanks to that well known BBC show. Sanjoy Roy finds out which London theatres are opening their doors to the public for a spot of tango, foxtrot and cha cha cha…. ̵… Continue Reading

  2. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Tris Reid-Smith, Pink Paper, Tuesday 23 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘It will remind you, too, why Bourne is one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers – who else could sum up American politics in five small gestures and be so spot on!’  

  3. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 18 December 2008 — Performance: 17 - 30 Dec 08

    It’s easy to grow so accustomed to a familiar friend that you overlook their qualities, which was a sentiment that blossomed and intensified in me through this performance of Christopher Hampson’s Th… Continue Reading

  4. New Chair for Arts Council England

    Wednesday 17 December 2008

    Dame Liz Forgan is to be the first woman to Chair the Arts Council since it was founded in 1946.She succeeds the current Chair, Sir Christopher Frayling, who leaves in February 2009. Liz Forgan’s early car… Continue Reading

  5. The Thief of Baghdad at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 17 December 2008Performance 16 Dec 08 - 3 Jan 09

    ‘The Thief of Baghdad is a new family ballet from Will Tuckett that may become a mini classic.’  

  6. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 17 December 2008Performance 15 Dec 08 - 10 Jan 09

    ‘From its liberal sprinkling of magic dust to the touching love story at its heart, this is the finest Nutcracker in the land.’  

  7. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 17 December 2008Performance 15 Dec 08 - 10 Jan 09

    ‘It is easily the most fabulous-looking [Nutcracker], with its magisterially growing Christmas tree and its exquisitely detailed costumes. But it is also the most serious, anchored to its own solid ballet logic and morality.’  

  8. English National Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at London Coliseum

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 17 - 30 Dec 08

    ‘The opening Princess Aurora was the Brazilian Fernanda Oliveira, a strong technician who danced a Rose Adage of impressive balances’ 

  9. The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 3 Dec 08 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘Add in Father Christmas and Jack Frost for much jollity and exuberant, witty dancing; the Snowman’s encounter with an irate cat is a delight. The affection of Snowman and Boy is charmingly sustained.’ 

  10. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘It’s the dances that really let the show down. Bourne fails to find an eloquent body language for Edward, the community dances, though lively, are clumsily executed.’ 

  11. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘Tim Burton’s 1990 movie isn’t an easy choice for dance adaptation.’  

  12. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘This dance adaptation of Tim Burton’s film fantasy is a visual delight, thanks to Lez Brotherston’s clever designs: the gothic house of the tragic inventor who left his homemade boy encumbered with scissors for fingers and the neatly caricatured homes … 

  13. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘For me the trouble with Bourne’s sweet but not sticky entertainment is the lack of dramatic impetus, and its curiously hollow emotional core.’  

  14. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 15 December 2008Performance 2 Dec 08 - 18 Jan 09

    ‘Dominic North is excellent as Edward. He’s a strong dancer, and conveys the pathos of the character with subtlety and restraint. Every situation finds him sweetly optimistic, and his yearning for Kim (Kerry Biggin) is conveyed through flashes of uncomprehend… 

  15. Xavier le Roy

    Friday 12 December 2008

    _ *French choreographer Xavier Le Roy defies categorisation as a dance-maker, drawing on diverse influences from the worlds of science, performance art and contemporary dance. Self Unfinished_ (1998), takes the … Continue Reading

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