April 2014

  1. HeadSpaceDance - If Play is Play... - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Guardian, Wednesday 23 April 2014Performance 16 - 24 April 2014

    Shortage of cash means nothing is wasted on sets (non-existent) or costumes (off-the-peg casuals), but instead ploughed into new work which is well suited to the freelance dancers’ abilities.  

  2. HeadSpaceDance - If Play is Play... - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 23 April 2014Performance 16 - 24 April 2014

    Times are hard for small dance companies …but HeadSpaceDance, run by director dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, are defying the odds with a philosophy and style of performance unlike any I’ve seen  

  3. HeadSpaceDance 'If Play is Play..' 
Clemmie Sveaas & Jonathan Goddard. Photo: Urban Jören

    HeadSpaceDance - If Play is Play... - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Lara Hayward, Tuesday 22 April 2014 — Performance: 16 - 24 April 2014

    When combining comedy with movement, HeadSpace's Chris Akrill, Jonathan Goddard, Gemma Nixon & Clemmie Sveaas are simply sublime together... Continue Reading

  4. Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 20 April 2014Performance 15 - 17 April 2014

    There are clever choreographic moments…But others, such as a comic dance for Rodin’s assistants and a pair of saucy life models, are plain silly. And the treatment of mental illness is dismaying, with a chorus of gurning and creepily sexualised female asylu… 

  5. Eifman Ballet 'Rodin' Photo: Chantal Guevara

    Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 17 April 2014 — Performance: 15 - 17 April 2014

    Boris Eifman's 'Rodin' has been misinterpreted by other UK critics, says Graham Watts... Continue Reading

  6. Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Debra Craine, The Times, Thursday 17 April 2014Performance 15 - 17 April 2014

    The constant stream of swirling emotions and fevered memories makes it impossible to tell whose story is being told at any given time, especially since the whole thing feels like a flashback told in reverse. Or maybe both Rodin and Camille are having simultaneous, deat… 

  7. National Youth Dance Company - Vertical Road / The Rashomon Effect - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Thursday 17 April 2014Performance 16 April 2014

    Its [The Rashomon Effect] massed, rhythmic effects and weighty symbolic load share an affinity with Vertical Road, but the piece also taps more directly into the spirit of youth: it has less control but more surprise, and if it starts erratically it ends astonishingly.  

  8. Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Press Review 1Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 16 April 2014Performance 15 - 17 April 2014

    You long for the interval. You wonder why music can be so brutalised and so inapt for its task. You wonder what Russian audiences can see in this tosh.  

  9. Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Press Review Hanna Weibye, artsdesk.com, Wednesday 16 April 2014Performance 15 - 17 April 2014

    You’d be forgiven for expecting better with this story material. But all Eifman can muster is two hours of vulgarly reductive cliché, in a ballet that must offend lovers, geniuses, muses, sculptors, mental patients and women everywhere.  

  10. Eifman Ballet - Rodin - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Zoë Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 16 April 2014Performance 15 - 17 April 2014

    Eiman’s choreography is dominated by deep squats and splayed legs. A busy ensemble play supporting roles. Whether they’re art students, peasants, cancan dancers or a horde of critics, they treat this as the gurning Olympics.  

  11. Should dance companies boycott Russia?

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    In an interview with The Times last week, choreographer Matthew Bourne joined a growing group of artists refusing to work in Russia. “I don’t feel welcome and I’m not confident about the safety of the … Continue Reading

  12. Ian Johnston, Dancer Image: Niall Walker

    Unlimited commissions for 2014 announced

    Monday 14 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    Twenty-six disabled artists have been commissioned to create new works for this year’s UNLIMITED festival. Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and Creative Scotland (CS) & led by Shape and ArtsAdmin, … Continue Reading

  13. LAC (After Swan Lake). Image: Bettina Strenske

    Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum

    Lise Smith, Monday 14 April 2014 — Performance: 9 - 12 April 2014

    The most recent in a long line of choreographers creating their own interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s truly iconic ballet score is Jean-Christophe Maillot, who brought his company Les Ballets de Monte Carlo to … Continue Reading

  14. Company 2 - She Would Walk the Sky - Roundhouse

    Press Review 3Lyn Gardner, Guardian, Monday 14 April 2014Performance 9 - 17 April 2014

    The show is at its best when the physicality is allowed to do the talking. There’s some delightful trick-biking, and fine rope work. Performers prance across the wire apparently unaware of the drop below, even when they are hanging upside down.  

  15. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre 'The Rite of Spring'

    Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - The Rite of Spring/Petrushka - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Monday 14 April 2014 — Performance: 11 - 12 April 2014

    There is much to admire in this unique combination of two of Stravinsky’s greatest works for dance, especially in terms of the fluid exactness of Keegan-Dolan’s group choreography... Continue Reading

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