August 2008

  1. Rosas/Ictus at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘How do simple things become complex? This programme by Belgian dance company Rosas and musical ensemble Ictus demonstrates an eloquent answer, through music by Steve Reich and choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.’  

  2. The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs in Dancing On Your Grave at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘Mostly, the choreography acts as sidekick to the lyrics, illustrating the musical scenarios and sentiments. But sometimes it comes into its own, as in an unsettling duet where Perkins-Gagnes is tenderly attentive to a lifeless, floppy-limbed Ihara.’  

  3. CandoCo Dance Company
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

    News: UK dancers at Olympics closing ceremony

    Monday 18 August 2008

    Thirty five dancers from the UK are in Beijing preparing to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics this Sunday (24 August). The dancers come from Candoco, the leading contemporary dance company of … Continue Reading

  4. Feature: All Routes South

    Monday 18 August 2008

    *In 2005 London based DJ and dance for the screen lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School Alex Reuben set out on a road trip to film the dance and music of the American Deep South, inspired by an audio ant… Continue Reading

  5. Feature: National Youth Dance Festival

    Thursday 14 August 2008 by temp user

    Youth Dance England the national agency to support and promote opportunities for young people in dance. The National Youth Dance Festival 2008 took place in London from the 5th to the 13th July. It featured some… Continue Reading

  6. Feature: Sadler's Wells Story

    Tuesday 12 August 2008

    *If you’ve been to Sadler’s Wells, you’ve almost certainly heard the voice of Paul Richardson, as before the start of every performance he reminds you to turn off your mobile and refrain from … Continue Reading

  7. John Ashford

    News: John Ashford leaves The Place

    Friday 8 August 2008

    John Ashford, Theatre Director at The Place since 1986, will step down in July 2009 to concentrate on a new role with the European dance network Aerowaves. Ashford was appointed Theatre Director by The PlaceR… Continue Reading

  8. News: Josie Woods

    Monday 4 August 2008

    - a pioneering black dancer and choreographer from East London died recently at the age of 97. Read Val Wilmer’s obituary in the Guardian, 2 Aug 08 Continue Reading

  9. Image from top left: Steve Reich Evening, Rosas; Deca Dance 2008, Batsheva Dance Theatre; Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray; Chunky Move, Mortal Engine; Jean Abreu; The Cholmondeleys; Istanbul Music and Sema Group; The State Ballet of Georgia.

    News: Edinburgh 2008

    Monday 4 August 2008

    Dance has a high profile in this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and on the Fringe – providing even more incentives to go north this summer. The official festival includes the world premiere … Continue Reading

  10. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Christopher Hart, Sunday Times, Monday 4 August 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘Ultimately, whereas Romeo and Juliet is an utterly compelling and heartbreaking portrayal of adolescent passion and self-destruction, set in a wider, more sober and adult framework, West Side Story — in this production, at least — seems merely adolesce… 

  11. Mikhailovsky ballet in Giselle & Mixed Bill at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sunday Times, Monday 4 August 2008Performance 22 - 25 Jul 08

    ‘…the triple bill and the company’s earlier, solidly produced Giselle revealed what the season opener, Spartacus, had done its best to hide – that this is a burgeoning, well-trained company full of strong, eager young dancers, which could be rival… 

  12. National Ballet of China in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 4 August 2008Performance 28 - 30 Jul 08

    ‘On Monday, the company made its Covent Garden debut with a fine Swan Lake, directed by Natalia Makarova, herself a notable Swan Queen here after her defection from the Soviet Union in 1970. Perhaps the most striking feature of the production is the exquisite harmo… 

  13. National Ballet of China in Raise the Red Lantern at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Monday 4 August 2008Performance 1 & 2 Aug 08

    ‘Their Swan Lake, fastidiously graceful, fielded the most remarkably similar swangirls probably to be found in the world, while Raise the Red Lantern, a ballet made by the film director Zhang Yimou from his 1991 movie, must have been the most gorgeous sight at the … 

  14. National Ballet of China in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sunday Times, Monday 4 August 2008Performance 28 - 30 Jul 08

    ‘The National Ballet of China dances with an elegance and precision that puts many companies to shame, but seems to lack a bit of the Devil.’ 


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