June 2014

  1. Dada Masilo's 'Swan Lake'. Photo: Bettina  Strenske

    Dada Masilo - Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Monday 23 June 2014 — Performance: 17 & 18 June 2014

    Masilo’s dancers can do classical ballet, for sure, but the conventional snippets of Petipa/Ivanov choreography are accentuated by comedy vaudeville and African dance & even the balletic equivalent of twerking. Continue Reading

  2. English National Ballet School graduates' success

    Friday 20 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    This year graduates of English National Ballet School will be going on to joining all five of the major UK ballet companies - English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet &… Continue Reading

  3. Waterfront stage at Latitude

    Dance at Latitude 2014

    Thursday 19 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    Alongside the music, comedy, cabaret and literature, dance is now very much part of the mix at Latitude. The Waterfront Stage is the place to head for tango, ballet, west end shows and cutting edge contemporary... Continue Reading

  4. New English Ballet Theatre dancers in the studio at Sadler's Wells.

    In the studio with New English Ballet Theatre

    Thursday 19 June 2014 by Symone Keisha

    New English Ballet Theatre are preparing to present a new programme of work at the Peacock Theatre next month. Symone Keisha spent some time with them to find out more about this dynamic young company... Continue Reading

  5. New Adventures to tour 'The Car Man' next year

    Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    Matthew Bourne's popular take on Bizet's opera 'Carmen' will be touring the UK next year, with a summer season at Sadler's Wells Continue Reading

  6. BBC launches new initiative focusing on classical music and creativity

    Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    The BBC has just announced a new initiative – Ten Pieces – for primary schools led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity. Ten Pieces aims to open u… Continue Reading

  7. Tess Daley & Claudia Winkleman -the new presenting team for BBC1's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Photo: BBC

    All change at Strictly

    Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Vikki Jane Vile

    With Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as joint presenters and several arrivals and departures announced in the professional dancers' line up, Vikki Jane Vile is looking forward to the autumn... Continue Reading

  8. Dada Masilo - Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 17 & 18 June 2014

    …it begins with a corps of male and female swans – everyone in tutus, but the boys bare-chested – striding solemnly across the stage to a pretty rum recording of the magnificent closing five minutes of Tchaikovsky’s score, thereby deliberately blowing one of … 

  9. Jorge Crecis. Photo: Jesus Robisco

    Jorge Crecis - on the ropes in Greenwich

    Wednesday 18 June 2014

    'Through & Out:Skipping Extravaganza' is Jorge's Big Dance commission which will involve 500 skipper/dancers in Greenwich Park on 12 July. Want to take part? There's still time to sign up... Continue Reading

  10. Dada Masilo - Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 17 & 18 June 2014

    Any gay reading of Swan Lake inevitably invites comparison with Matthew Bourne’s production, yet Masilo’s is like no other I’ve seen. She’s fearless in taking only what she wants from the original – short bursts of Tchaikovsky spliced with addit… 

  11. Daria Klimentová on needless innovation in classical ballets

    Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Ahead of her final performances with English National Ballet this month, Daria Klimentová expresses her fears for the future of classical ballet in an interview with The Observer’s Vanessa Thorpe. ̶… Continue Reading

  12. Dancers' Career Development and The Royal Ballet School in Pioneering New Partnership

    Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Dancers’ Career Development Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) the organisation which helps dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career, is entering a new part… Continue Reading

  13. Dada Masilo - Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 17 & 18 June 2014

    The piece opens with a witty deconstruction of ballet tropes — branding the poor corps de ballet “surplus girls in the moonlight” — and moves into a choppy retelling of the fairytale full of excitable energy; dashing through routines with sassy struts and bottoms… 

  14. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 3Neil Norman, Daily Express, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The fusion of classical movement with hip hop and rocking acrobatics may not be wholly original but there is no denying the sustained energy on display.  

  15. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 2Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The trouble with the show is that its matter is short-breathed, incoherent, trick-orientated, as it responds to two dozen rock and disco recordings. Today’s hip-hop performers, disco addicts, and even contemporary ballet-makers, do the thing much better, with greater v… 

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