December 2010

  1. ROH2 in Faeries at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 17 December 2010Performance to 2 January 2011

    ‘ fairies are puppets (from Blind Summit theatre), each manipulated by several dancers and voiced by a one. In one sequence, the dancers swoop and soar with a broken-winged fairy – a heady sensation of almost-flying.’  

  2. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 17 December 2010Performance in rep until 31 December 2010

    ‘Prince Charming is potentially the dullest of characters, a romantic sap in white tights, but Côté made him a hero through the quality of his on-stage chemistry with Rojo.’  

  3. Royal Ballet 'Tales of Beatrix Potter' Royal Opera House. Dancer: James Hay as Squirrel Nutkin. Photo: Tristram Kenton

    Royal Ballet in Peter and the Wolf / Tales of Beatrix Potter at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Friday 17 December 2010 — Performance: 14, 16, 18 December 2010

    Reviewed: 14 December 2010 From the viewpoint of a (sometimes) grumpy half-centenarian, I confess to having thought that there might be one furry animal, too many, in this evening of work that was the Royal Bal… Continue Reading

  4. Mayuri Boonham Q&A

    Wednesday 15 December 2010

    Since disbanding Angika, the dance company she ran jointly with Subathra Subramaniam in 2008, choreographer Mayuri Boonham has been on a journey to discover new creative directions. Following a visit to the El… Continue Reading

  5. Rambert Dance Company's new building, cross section.

    Christmas comes early for Rambert

    Wednesday 15 December 2010

    Rambert Dance Company has received £7million from Arts Council England for its capital campaign for a new company headquarters on London’s South Bank. They had already secured over £10million of the £19… Continue Reading

  6. Sebastian Rex Dance 'Cliched'
Photo: Tina Engstrom

    Sebastian Rex Dance Group & Acting Like Mad in Cliched / Mind The Gap at Blue Elephant Theatre

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 14 December 2010 — Performance: 7 December 2010

    I heartily recommend a visit to the Blue Elephant, which although a name that evokes memories of a cool nightclub in a Hollywood film noir of the ’40s, is in fact a cute little theatre in Camberwell, not f… Continue Reading

  7. The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Rachel Nouchi, Tuesday 14 December 2010 — Performance: to 9 January 2011

    This magical adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s book The Snowman has been delighting young audiences pumped up on inflatable cushions and sweets for over a decade now, firmly establishing itself as an annual Ch… Continue Reading

  8. English National Ballet 'The Nutcracker' 10-30 Dec. London Coliseum. Photo: Richard Haughton

    English National Ballet in The Nutcracker (Wayne Eagling's production) at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Monday 13 December 2010 — Performance: 10 - 20 December 2010

    Reviewed: 10 December 2010 The Nutcracker sits at the very heart of the English National Ballet, having been danced in the Christmas season of every one of the company’s 60 years to date, including its for… Continue Reading

  9. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 10 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘Prokofiev deserves better. So does Cinderella. So do we.’  

  10. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review , Guardian Comment, Friday 10 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘Part drama, part dance, the result is accessible but also cheekily subversive.’ 

  11. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 10 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘He struggles to fill the big soloist dances, falling back on vague and repetitive steps. The best dancing comes in the curtain calls – a burst of jitterbug that finally lets these dancers move.’  

  12. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Katie Columbus, The Stage, Friday 10 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘…the spectacle of Bourne’s production values far outweighs the choreography, but these real characters with real problems have real emotional resonance with the audience.’ 

  13. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 10 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘This richness of influence has allowed Bourne to create his own distinctive dance world, immediately recognisable and much-loved.’ 

  14. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

    Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Thursday 9 December 2010 — Performance: to 23 January 2011

    Reviewed: 8 December 2010 Matthew Bourne first made his Cinderella in 1997, hot on the heels of the unbounded success of his consummate production of Swan Lake. Perhaps blighted by following in the wake of that… Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 7 December 2010Performance in rep until 31 December 2010

    ‘…with Marianela Nuñez in the title role, every fluid, nuanced inch the Ashtonian ballerina, there are moments when it touches the sublime. Yuhui Choe’s Summer Fairy is blissful too, her upper body work a continuous interplay of subtle torsions, and he… 

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