May 2012

  1. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    within seconds of the first piece starting, I was smiling. Within minutes, I had laughed out loud. What might be called the Bourne Effect was beginning to work.  

  2. Ballet Preljocaj - Snow White at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 2Louise Levene, Seven Magazine, Telegraph, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 10 - 12 May 2012

    Snow White has possibilities as a ballet, but Preljocaj’s uninvolving storytelling and corny characterisation never exploits them.  

  3. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    Bourne’s dancers are fluent, sometimes glib. Town & Country is fondly remembered as Bourne’s breakthrough into greater emotional depth: I’d like more of that.  

  4. 'Story of a Night Pianist' at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 18 - 20 May 2012

    Story of a Night Pianist - Trinity Buoy Wharf

    Lise Smith, Tuesday 22 May 2012 — Performance: 18 - 20 May 2012

    Performance reviewed: 19 May Additional performances, Thu 20, Sat 22 & Sun 23, 7.30pm & Sun, 3pm. FREE at Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 0JW (stewards will show you the way from East India station, DLR) Summer… Continue Reading

  5. Pierre Rigal & Aurelien Bory's  'Game Over' Photo: Pierre Grosbois.

    Pierre Rigal's Game Over at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Tuesday 22 May 2012 — Performance: 17 & 18 May 2012

    A line of floating white rectangles hovers across the back of the stage, morphing in to stick figures in 1980s video games. When they suddenly switch, begin to glow and then buzz with static, we realise they are… Continue Reading

  6. Royal Ballet - Ballo Della Regina/ La Sylphide at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Tuesday 22 May 2012Performance 21, 22, 24, 26(Mat/Eve) May, 7, 12, 15 June 2012

    Nehemiah Kish blazes across the stage like a comet, then returns almost sheepishly to partner.  

  7. Royal Ballet - Ballo Della Regina/ La Sylphide at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 22 May 2012Performance 21, 22, 24, 26(Mat/Eve) May, 7, 12, 15 June 2012

    As the Sylph, Alina Cojocaru is in her natural territory. Her dancing is translucent, butterfly-fast, as she flutters in and out of James’s mesmerised reach; her reading of the Sylph’s character is pitch-perfect.  

  8. Royal Ballet - Ballo Della Regina/ La Sylphide at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 22 May 2012Performance 21, 22, 24, 26(Mat/Eve) May, 7, 12, 15 June 2012

    Rarely has this tension been better realised than in Steven McRae’s devastating performance as James. His feet as sharp as blades, he soars around the stage in the light beaten jumps of the opening wedding celebration  

  9. The Royal Ballet - Alina Cojocaru in 'La Sylphide' Photo: Johan Persson, courtesy of ROH.

    Royal Ballet - Ballo Della Regina/ La Sylphide at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 22 May 2012 — Performance: 21, 22, 24, 26(Mat/Eve) May, 7, 12, 15 June 2012

    This cast is exceptional. No-one portrays the vulnerability of dramatic, romantic tragedy better than Alina Cojocaru, the divine mistress of this art.  Continue Reading

  10. 'Shh it's a Secret' Westfield, Stratford City. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Big Dance at Westfield

    Monday 21 May 2012 by Carmel Smith

    A 200 strong flash mob of dancers organised by East London Dance and English National Ballet surprised shoppers in West and East London last Friday Continue Reading

  11. Rahel Vonmoos. Photo: Michela Grace

    Rahel Vonmoos - Springloaded at The Place

    Germaine Cheng, Monday 21 May 2012 — Performance: 19 May 2012

    shall i sit here / and again19 May 2012 Skimming through the programme as I arrive in the bar of The Place’s theatre, I briefly look up to recognize many a cast member of Rahel Vonmoos’ and again , which inc… Continue Reading

  12. Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Monday 21 May 2012Performance 15 - 19 May 2012

    Siobhan Davies’s 17-year-old The Art of Touch, by contrast, has an immediate, transparent affinity with the Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas that motivate it.  

  13. Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Sunday 20 May 2012Performance 15 - 19 May 2012

    Dane Hurst is compellingly remote as the Faun, his movements flattened and jerky in a manner that suggests both the 2D of an Egyptian frieze, and the startled movements of a wild creature.  

  14. Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 20 May 2012Performance 15 - 19 May 2012

    Its 23 dancers are admirable, but its repertoire is a long way from the cutting edge and I can’t remember the last time I felt intellectually or emotionally challenged by the company’s work.  

  15. Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Saturday 19 May 2012Performance 15 - 19 May 2012

    What Wild Ecstasy has a fine and rumbustious score by Gavin Higgins and insanely modish clothes by Michael Howells (whose set is three pendant, gigantic and incredibly scary models of hornets). The dance has tremendous energy, and finds not inconsiderable fun in a Nigh… 

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