February 2008

  1. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘Both are too long, and, to Western eyes, too ponderous and po-faced. They also look pick ‘n’ mix, rather than a true synthesis of Orient and Occident. But they are a fascinating insight into how China sees itself and the world.’  

  2. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘In the event, the company’s unique blend of East and West, of traditional and modern, proved fascinating, even if half its double bill left some of us in the dark.’  

  3. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 15 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘Then Rite , which is a choreographic masterpiece – no other word will do – and has nothing to do with Tanztheater …this is a superb work of art. Forget the café, this is the real dance theatre. no stars (for Café Müller) *****(for Rite ) ‘ 

  4. Diversions in Mixed Bill at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 15 February 2008Performance 12 Feb 08

    ‘There’s little more enjoyable in this job than being stylishly introduced to a talented choreographer one barely knew existed, and my thanks to Cardiff-based tourers Diversions for doing just that. The first half of their new bill Silver is a piece by New Yo… 

  5. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Friday 15 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘She has created an aesthetic all her own, and even if you don’t like it you have to admire the strength and determination of its vision.’  

  6. Left to right: Sadler's Wells poster; Royal Academy poster.

    Insane in the Brain

    Friday 15 February 2008

    After London Underground management hit the headlines this week for its decision not to allow posters advertising an exhibition of Renaissance art at the Royal Academy and a Sadler’s Wells hip hop dance sh… Continue Reading

  7. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Friday 15 February 2008 — Performance: 14 - 16 Feb 08

    Watching the lithe, controlled athleticism of these Chinese dancers, I couldn’t help but think about the evolution of modern dance in the UK. A new age began in 1966, when the London Contemporary Dance Sch… Continue Reading

  8. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Thursday 14 February 2008 — Performance: 13 - 22 Feb 08

    Performance: 13 February 2008 It isn’t over-stating the case to say that, even this early on, last night could easily be the highlight of the London dance scene in 2008. Pina Bausch, the architect of tanzt… Continue Reading

  9. Jérôme Bel in The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Thursday 14 February 2008Performance 9 Feb 08

    ‘The French choreographer Jérôme Bel is one of the dance world’s quirkier talents, and even he admits that dance itself is not his driving inspiration. A conceptual artist – yes, dance has them too – he uses movement when it suits and eschews… 

  10. Jérôme Bel in The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Thursday 14 February 2008Performance 9 Feb 08

    ‘It is, admittedly, one of his more sweetly funny pieces, with 18 performers revealing how susceptible we are to soppy songs.’  

  11. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 14 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 feb 08

    ‘Both show how Bausch, even at the beginning of her career, was able to combine movement of shocking visceral intensity with stage visions of often hallucinogenic strangeness.’  

  12. Arts Council funding for dance

    Monday 11 February 2008

    After the uncertainty of the last few months when some arts organisations were invited to appeal against the likelihood of their funding being cut by Arts Council England – and the subsequent announcements… Continue Reading

  13. Olivier Awards

    Olivier Award nominations

    Monday 11 February 2008

    Nominations for this years Olivier Awards, organised by the Society of London Theatres (SOLT) have just been announced. The dance nominations are: Best New Dance Production**Fabulous Beast Dance’s The Bull… Continue Reading

  14. La La La Human Steps in Amjad at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 30 Jan - 2 Feb 08

    ‘Passages of Tchaikovsky’s scores are reworked by Gavin Bryars, David Lang and Blake Hargreaves into an often abrasive composition for piano and strings, in which a melody we know backwards seems, in fact, to go that way. These transpositions left me with one… 

  15. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in James Son of James at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 5 - 9 Feb 08

    ‘…taken as a whole, the Midlands Trilogy looks like a substantial achievement, melding various aspects of dance, theatre and music in an entirely convincing and satisfying way.’ 

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