April 2012

  1. Danceworks Open Day

    Wednesday 25 April 2012 by Carmel Smith

    On World Dance Day this Sunday, one of London's largest dance studios is offering 20 FREE dance taster sessions. Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardée at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 25 April 2012Performance 24, 26, 28 April, 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 May 2012

    Clearly they [Cojocaru and Kobborg] have taken a decision to push their Lise and Colas to a level of intelligence and sensual attraction that goes beyond boy-girl flirtation; from the beginning, we sense deeper conversations and back stories to the action.  

  3. Goddard Nixon / Jose Agudo - Spring Loaded at The Place

    Press Review 3Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Wednesday 25 April 2012Performance 24 April 2012

    in a series of imaginative collaborations with Rambert stablemate Gemma Nixon, he [Jonathan Goddard] is proving to be just as distinctive a creative artist as he is an interpretive one.  

  4. Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardée at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 24 April 2012 — Performance: 24, 26, 28 April, 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 May 2012

    ...‘happy’, ‘charming’, ‘effervescent’, ‘fun’, ‘bucolic’, ‘pastoral’ or any others words redolent of eternal spring - this performance of &q… Continue Reading

  5. London Children's Ballet 'A Little Princess' 2012

    London Children's Ballet - A Little Princess at Peacock Theatre

    Cristina de Lucas, Tuesday 24 April 2012 — Performance: 19 - 21 April 2012

    By exploiting many well-known classical ballet devices the ballet provides the young artists involved with a rare chance to explore the possibilities of a full-length narrative ballet. Continue Reading

  6. Sofia Dias & Vitor Roriz: 'A Gesture that is Nothing but a Threat'. Photo: Lucian Renita

    Sofia Dias & Vitor Roriz / James Wilton - Spring Loaded at The Place

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Monday 23 April 2012 — Performance: 20 April 2012

    ..what Wilton’s piece lacked in subtlety it made up for in exhilaration. It made me wanna dance. And that’s a pretty high compliment.  Continue Reading

  7. Royal Ballet - Polyphonia / Sweet Violets / Carbon Life at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review 2Louise Levene, Seven Magazine, The Telegraph, Monday 23 April 2012Performance in rep until 23 April 2012

    McGregor and Scarlett’s expensive novelties suffered horribly in comparison with Christopher Wheeldon’s 2001 Polyphonia, a simple-seeming leotard ballet which takes 10 of György Ligeti’s piano studies and climbs right inside.  

  8. Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardée at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 23 April 2012Performance 24, 26, 28 April, 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 May 2012

    The Royal Ballet’s latest revival of Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée – that hymn to pastoral life and innocent love, where the sun ever shines in an ideal world, and the unceasing felicities of his dances beguile the soul – had the dire thumb-print of fresh revis… 

  9. Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardée at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Monday 23 April 2012Performance 24, 26, 28 April, 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 May 2012

    The affinity between Nuñez and her mother — both wilful, high-spirited women with a soppy streak wide enough to irrigate the south of England — was particularly striking, and rather lovely,  

  10. Royal Ballet Flanders - Artifact at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Sunday 22 April 2012Performance 19 - 21 April 2012

    Artifact is a work that, as long as companies are prepared to tackle it, is certain one day to be called a classic. The pity is that the visiting Flanders troupe has given it so short a run.  

  11. Royal Ballet Flanders - Artifact at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Sunday 22 April 2012Performance 19 - 21 April 2012

    The big ensembles, with their drilled corps de ballet as automata, have a vivid assurance in dance-making, fascinating in their logic and their illogicalities – and done alertly by the Flanders troupe.  

  12. Tony Shepherd with Dance UK's Caroline Miller & Helen Laws.

    Running the London Marathon for dancers

    Saturday 21 April 2012

    "Without dancers there is no dance. They've inspired, entertained, exhilarated & moved me. So after 20 years I am running the Marathon for Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme to say thank you! Continue Reading

  13. The Royal Ballet Flanders in 'Artifact' at Sadler's Wells, April 2012. Kate Strong as "Character in Historical Costume". Choreography, lighting & stage design:William Forsythe. Photo:Bettina Strenske

    Royal Ballet Flanders - Artifact at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 20 April 2012 — Performance: 19 - 21 April 2012

    The flame of creative genius in William Forsythe’s full-length works has been well and truly rekindled in Antwerp by Royal Ballet Flanders Artistic Director Kathryn Bennetts. Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet Flanders - Artifact at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Friday 20 April 2012Performance 19 - 21 April 2012

    The artistic director of Royal Ballet Flanders, Kathryn Bennetts, has grafted the Forsythe style expertly onto her superb young company. The ensemble deals immaculately with his complex, interleaving patterns.  

  15. Royal Ballet Flanders - Artifact at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 20 April 2012Performance 19 - 21 April 2012

    Artifact is full of deliberate chaos, with collapsing scenery, screaming matches and blackouts. In this early work, Forsythe sets them against insistent patterns and distinctive characters; in later works, he’d be much more arch with similar material.  

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