May 2014

  1. Alexander Whitley - The Measures Taken - Linbury Studio, ROH

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 19 May 2014Performance 15 & 16 May 2014

    The Measures Taken explores the reaction of dance to movement-sensitive light, and scene-by-scene it’s extraordinary: five dancers tangled in a cat’s cradle of laser beams and dwarfed by a monumental cascade of digital spillikins. 

  2. Royal Ballet in 'Serenade' ©ROH / Tristram Kenton, 2014

    Royal Ballet - Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV - Royal Opera House

    Lise Smith, Monday 19 May 2014 — Performance: in rep 14 - 26 May 2014

    Here is a programme that celebrates the company’s strength in depth, with two pieces that utilize large ensembles and a third with no fewer than ten named characters on stage...  Continue Reading

  3. Wendy Houstoun. Photo: Hugo Glendinning and Southbank Centre

    Wendy Houstoun - Pact with Pointlessness

    Monday 19 May 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Wendy Houstoun talks about the making of her new work Pact with Pointlessness with the Guardian's Judith Mackrell. Continue Reading

  4. 'A Darker Shade of Fado' - Nuno Silva.  Photo: Chris Nash

    Nuno Silva - A Darker Shade of Fado – Greenwich Dance

    Sanjoy Roy, Monday 19 May 2014 — Performance: 16 May 2014

    It’s a highly atmospheric piece, but dramaturgically it could be sharper: the swings from one scene to the next are sometimes hard to follow. Continue Reading

  5. Alexander Whitley 'The Measures Taken' 
Photo: Ambra Vernuccio

    Alexander Whitley - The Measures Taken - Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Josephine Leask, Friday 16 May 2014 — Performance: 15 May 2014

    What stands out in watching Alexander Whitley’s dancers in 'The Measures Taken' is that their choreographic aesthetic is so different to other choreographers who work with interactive digital media... Continue Reading

  6. Scottish Ballet 'Romeo & Juliet' Photo: Christina Riley

    Scottish Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Thursday 15 May 2014 — Performance: 14 - 17 May 2014

    Pastor’s interesting journey through twentieth century Italy has found just enough in this combination of innovation and tradition to take root...  Continue Reading

  7. Amir Giles & Vanessa Cook in Tara Pilbrow's '2+1'. Photo: Andreea Vaidean

    Tara Pilbrow

    Thursday 15 May 2014 by Lise Smith

    '2+1' , Pilbrow’s latest dance production, looks at the joys and challenges of bringing a new baby into a relationship. She tells us more about the work in progress she's showing at the Cockp… Continue Reading

  8. Northern Ballet's Tobias Batley & Hannah Bateman in 'Concertante'. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

    Northern Ballet - mixed bill - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 14 May 2014 — Performance: 8 - 10 May 2014

    The surprise of the programme was just how moved I was by the new piece, created by company dancer, Kenneth Tindall ...an outstanding new work by an emerging choreographer that I wanted to see again, immediately! Continue Reading

  9. Marina conducting rehearsal for "Bolero"
Portrait of Marina Abramovic
© Rahi Rezvani, Paris 2013.

    Marina Abramovic - 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery

    Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Radical performance artist, Marina Abramovic presents a new endurance work that tests her physical and mental limits at the Serpentine Gallery this summer. Continue Reading

  10. Stina Quagebeur. Photo: Laurent Liotardo

    Stina Quagebeur

    Tuesday 13 May 2014 by Laura Dodge

    Next week English National Ballet are back at the Barbican with Choreographics - their platform for up and coming choreographers. We talk creation, character roles & collaboration with one of the participants... Continue Reading

  11. Northern Ballet - mixed bill - Linbury Studio

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 12 May 2014Performance 8 - 10 May 2014

    The duet for Hannah Bateman and Tobias Batley is particularly disturbing, a push-pull pas de deux that flares harshly into violence, she smashing her hand against his chest, he holding her throat in a gesture that is part threat, part caress. 

  12. A look at the Autumn Season at Sadler's Wells

    Monday 12 May 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Judith Mackrell's run down on what she thinks of the new season for Sadler's Wells Continue Reading

  13. Olivier Dubois - Ballet Du Nord.'Tragédie'. Photo: Francois Stemmer

    Olivier Dubois - Tragédie - Sadler's Wells

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Monday 12 May 2014 — Performance: 8 - 10 May 2014

    I felt I had come to love these dancers and their bodies, not just for their beauty or skill, but mostly for the sheer munificence with which they reminded me of my own childhood naked dancing.  Continue Reading

  14. Ballet Central Company. Photo: Bill Cooper.

    Ballet Central - Mixed Bill - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Lise Smith, Sunday 11 May 2014 — Performance: 11 May 2014

    Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Ballet Central is the graduate performing company of the Central School of Ballet and has a deservedly good reputation for the technical quality of its productions. Continue Reading

  15. Olivier Dubois - Tragédie - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 9 May 2014Performance 8 - 10 May 2014

    The most thought-provoking moment is the curtain call, when they appear fully dressed – and we see them anew. 

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