May 2009

  1. Royal Ballet in New Work at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sun.Times, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 14 May 09

    ‘The knockout of the evening, however, was Kobborg’s piece, Les Lutins, a dazzling trio for Steven McRae, Polunin and the deliciously flirtatious Alina Cojocaru, an outpouring of ceaseless, witty dance to the virtuoso violin of Charlie Siem’ 

  2. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sun.Times, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    ‘This programme ended with Gillian Lynne’s A Simple Man, the LS Lowry ballet in which the painter’s difficult relationship with his mother finds release in the characters of his pictures. Its strong points are undermined by cloying sentimentality and wh… 

  3. Darren Johnston in Underdrome at Roundhouse

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 22-24 May 09

    ‘Underdrome, brought together a big team, including a singer, solo cellist, four dance soloists, more than two dozen ensemble dancers, the London Contemporary Orchestra and a 35-strong choir. What’s remarkable is how little impact they made in this lamentab… 

  4. Pierre Rigal 'Press' 28-30 May, Lilian Baylis Studio. Photo: Frédéric Stoll

    Pierre in a box

    Tuesday 26 May 2009

    Mark Monahan talks to Pierre Rigal about his dance piece, Press, staged in a box-like room. Rigal explains why he’s set his piece in a room 10ft x 8ft x 7ft, __“I went to visit the theatre, and I rea… Continue Reading

  5. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    ‘A Simple Man might be showing its age, but it’s bold and solid work. What NBT needs is another Gillian Lynne-style epiphany.’ 

  6. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in La Bayadère at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance May 09

    ‘Irina Kolesnikova dominates the repertory and this year’s schedule celebrates the first decade of her career. She’s long-limbed, with a strong, unyielding technique and a hard-edged glamour. ‘  

  7. Darren Johnston in Underdrome at Roundhouse

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 22-24 May 09

    ‘Walking into the Roundhouse’s circular auditorium, it looks as though Johnston has conjured a beautiful vision for this iconic space.’  

  8. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    On Gillian Lynne’s A Simple Man : “Darren Goldsmith is particularly good as the guileless Lowry in his dingy suit and crammed-down hat, forever the wide-eyed spectator of his city’s smoky panoramas and the anguished victim of his nightmarish, hypochondr… 

  9. Balé de Rua at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 26 May 2009Performance 21-31 May 09

    ‘The delivery may be upbeat, but the piece has a darker heart.’  

  10. Darren & Lilia Q&A

    Tuesday 26 May 2009

    Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova are two of the regular professional dancers on BBC1s Strictly Come Dancing and they are married – to each other. Both have been winners – Darren with actress Jill H… Continue Reading

  11. Northern Ballet Theatre in Romeo & Juliet at Sadler's Wells

    Libby Costello, Friday 22 May 2009 — Performance: 21-23 May.09

    Northern Ballet Theatre’s revival of Massimo Moricone’s Romeo and Juliet played at Sadler’s Wells as part of the company’s 40th anniversary tour. Northern Ballet Theatre’s 1991 ada… Continue Reading

  12. Watson and Benjamin

    Friday 22 May 2009

    discuss the challenges and rewards of dancing The Firebird pas de deux. “Leanne Benjamin: The Firebird is one of the most physically demanding roles in the ballet repertoire. That’s partly because yo… Continue Reading

  13. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 22 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    ‘There’s a sun-dappled, summertime-in-New England gentleness to Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture that beguiled this critic from the start. You can’t see the fields of barley rippling outside the meeting house in which it’s set, bu… 

  14. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Thursday 21 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    ‘For various reasons, not one of them works wholly on its own terms.’  

  15. Northern Ballet Theatre in As Time Goes By/ Angels in the Architecture/A Simple Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Thursday 21 May 2009Performance 19 & 20 May 09

    ‘The Leeds-based troupe has been dancing the boards for 40 years, and while some are sniffy about anniversaries and others sniffy about NBT itself, the company’s able dancers and tidy orchestra are a respected part of the dance scene.’  

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