January 2014

  1. National Dance Award 2013 winners. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    National Dance Awards 2013

    Monday 27 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

    The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2013 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre. And the winners are... Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Jeffery Taylor, Express, Sunday 26 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    Natalia Osipova dancing the title role of Giselle at the Royal Opera House a week ago. To put it simply, she knocked me sideways…She clings to her lover like a wisp of ectoplasm while dragging out her emotional depths. Heart breaking.  

  3. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Luke Jennings, Guardian, Sunday 26 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    At the Bolshoi she had to dance roles chosen for her; today she dances what she wants. A technical phenomenon, she has also proved herself a charismatic dance-actress. 

  4. Royal Ballet - Hansel & Gretel - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review Hannah Weibye, Arts Desk, Saturday 25 January 2014Performance 24 - 28 January 2014

    I actually can’t help but recommend this wrenching piece of theatre enthusiastically to anyone with the guts for it. Scarlett has an undeniable gift for choreography in an elegant, flexible modern ballet idiom, and for inspiring tremendous peformances from his dancers.  

  5. Why do dancers get injured so often? New film examines the question

    Friday 24 January 2014 by Deborah Jones

    The Telegraph discusses a new documentary film of pioneering Sports Scientist programmes for rehabilitating injured dancers and improving performance. Continue Reading

  6. Blaze auditions at Dance Attic, Fulham. From left to right: Kloe Dean (dancer), Sue Baldock (casting assistant), Jayne Skudder (casting assistant), Chris Baldock (artistic director), Eric Holman (producer)
Anthony Van Laast (director)
 Jan 2014. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    New cast announced for Blaze

    Thursday 23 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

    The high energy street dance show is back at the Peacock Theatre next month, with London based Ivan Blackstock (Birdgang) and Kloe Dean (Boy Blue) joining the multinational line up... Continue Reading

  7. The Royal Ballet's Sarah Lamb talks rigour, sexism and Radio 4

    Thursday 23 January 2014 by Deborah Jones

    Royal Ballet principal Sarah Lamb has been busy preparing for her role in Giselle but takes time to talk to The Guardian. Continue Reading

  8. Man Drake - Anatomia Publica - Barbican Centre

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 22 January 2014Performance 21 - 25 January 2014

    When choreographer Tomeo Vergés’s grandfather went missing in action, his grandmother remarried. But when the soldier returned alive, the trio decided to continue living together in an unconventional ménage à trois.  

  9. Man Drake - Anatomia Publica - Barbican Centre

    Press Review 3Matt Trueman, Telegraph, Wednesday 22 January 2014Performance 21 - 25 January 2014

    Vergés’s choreography frays and distorts, sometimes popping into abstract expressionism. Certain moments recalled Francis Bacon’s paintings. Others picked up on ideas of butchery and surgery planted in a spoken introduction.  

  10. Kat Bridge (left) & Amanda Davies, Co-Directors of Greenwich Dance, 2014

    New leadership for Greenwich Dance

    Wednesday 22 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

    Kat Bridge (Artistic Director) and Amanda Davey (Executive Director) will lead the South East London based dance agency Continue Reading

  11. Strictly Come Dancing Live - Wembley Arena

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 21 January 2014Performance Touring until Feb 9

    The Strictly Come Dancing live tour is a sequinned extension to panto season… but this year added one knockout extra dance. We hadn’t seen soap star Natalie Gumede’s jive on television, since she missed performing it through illness. It turned out to be the da… 

  12. Strictly Come Dancing Live - Wembley Arena

    Press Review 3Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph, Monday 20 January 2014Performance Touring until Feb 9

    Who stood out? … All eyes were on this year’s winner Abbey Clancy, but despite a neat quickstep to Walking on Sunshine and a nimble Salsa spin on the Bees Gees’ You Should Be Dancing, she hardly set the arena ball-room on fire, losing out to Natalie Gumede in… 

  13. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - Rite of Spring

    New Fabulous Beast resource pack for teachers and students

    Monday 20 January 2014 by Lise Smith

    Award-winning contemporary dance company Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is returning to London this spring with performances of The Rite of Spring and Petrushka. Dance Touring Partnership has launched a free resou… Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 20 January 2014 — Performance: In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    Great ballet transcends a cold January Saturday afternoon - and making his debut in this production, Steven McRae’s performance was nuanced with exceptional subtlety... Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 20 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    There have been thousands of performances of Giselle since its debut in 1841. You’d think there’d be nothing left to say about it but then along comes Natalia Osipova. The Russian 27-year-old is the Royal Ballet’s latest big signing, a former Bolshoi starlet who … 

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