June 2008

  1. Ross Stretton
Photo: Bill Cooper

    Royal Ballet condemned – by ex Director

    Friday 20 June 2008

    Ross Stretton, who died in 2005 aged 53 left a recording with the National Library of Australia’s oral history programme – in which he talks about his turbulent years reign in London. He made the re… Continue Reading

  2. Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire in 'Bandwagon'

    Cyd Charisse

    Friday 20 June 2008

    - died recently at the age of 87. Famous for dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and her legs which were insured for $10million, she started her dancing career at the age of 13 with the Ballet Russes…… Continue Reading

  3. Richard Alston Dance Company in At home at The Place

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 20 June 2008Performance 13 & 14 Jun 08

    ‘For the last 14 years, Richard Alston’s company has been devoted almost exclusively to staging his own work. But in this trio of small-scale pieces, Alston steps back to let two of his company members dominate.’  

  4. English National Ballet in Strictly Gershwin at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 18 June 2008Performance 13 - 22 Jun 08

    ‘All show-biz, all Derek Deane’s undoubted and remarkable production skills and his ability to make dance that pleases an arena public – all are there.’  

  5. Royal Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 18 June 2008Performance May & Jun 08

    ‘When Kenneth MacMillan choreographed Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Ballet in 1965, he created the most fiercely coveted ballerina role of them all. The canon isn’t short of tragic heroines – Giselle, Odette in Swan Lake, Tatiana in Onegin – but … 

  6. English National Ballet in Strictly Gershwin at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 18 June 2008Performance 13 - 22 Jun 08

    ‘The cavernous spaces of the Albert Hall are filled with a twinkle of fairy lights and an extravagant parade of costumes, while the enormous cast (50 musicians plus a full company of ballet, tap and ballroom dancers) glitters with a competitively dazzling list o… 

  7. Akram Khan Company in Bahok at Sadler's Wells

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 18 June 2008 — Performance: 11 - 14 Jun 08

    China – a country name that can spark a thousand debates. With the Olympics looming the media has been all a frenzy reporting on human rights policies, but somewhere amongst this artist collaboration has b… Continue Reading

  8. English National Ballet in Strictly Gershwin at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 13 - 22 Jun 08

    ‘This is jaw-dropping folly. No mid-scale ballet troupe can match a Hollywood studio yet here is ENB tilting at production numbers for which it has neither the heart nor the heft.’  

  9. Monica Mason
Photo: Sasha Gusov

    Doing the Honours

    Monday 16 June 2008

    Monica Mason, t*he Director of the *Royal Ballet, was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, published over the weekend. She is now in her sixth Season as Director of The Royal Ballet, having b… Continue Reading

  10. Dancing Nikita Company in Summer Dance Production 2008 at Beck Theatre,

    Kiran Bansal, Monday 16 June 2008 — Performance:

    If one can imagine kathak being the dance of story telling, then an awesome, awe inspiring, beautiful and interesting story was energetically portrayed at the Summer Production of the Dancing Nikita Company held… Continue Reading

  11. English National Ballet in Strictly Gershwin at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 13 - 22 Jun 08

    ‘With the Gershwin theme, the Astaire-Rogers posters, the guest appearance by Barbara Cook, and dozens of ballet girls in fine fig, great effort has visibly been put into this show. That the experience itself feels so pallid overall is because Deane’s choreog… 

  12. English National Ballet in Strictly Gershwin at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 13 - 22 Jun 08

    ‘High on my list of favourites is The Man I Love, beautifully danced by Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur, who delivered Deane’s bittersweet duet with an illuminating aura of romance, so intimately convincing despite the hall’s huge space. Edur moves like a… 

  13. Akram Khan Company in Bahok at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 11 - 14 Jun 08

    ‘It’s in the movement that bahok comes closest to takeoff.’  

  14. Akram Khan Company in Bahok at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 11 - 14 Jun 08

    ‘….it’s these big unisons that bear Khan’s personal stamp most distinctly, in great vortexes of swirling lines that seem to suck in elements of two continents: the visceral speed and agility of Kathak, the plasticity of contemporary dance.’ 

  15. Akram Khan Company in Bahok at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 16 June 2008Performance 11 - 14 Jun 08

    ‘All eight move, speak and interact, and together convey the inertia, boredom and desperation of not being able to get home. Khan also aims at the idea that if you’re always travelling, or have no physical home like refugees then your memories and DNA beco… 

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