December 2015

  1. Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoë Anderson, Independent, Monday 14 December 2015Performance 8 - 13 December 2015

    His Agon is a balance between sharp lines and full-bodied movement, musically phrased. 

  2. Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 14 December 2015Performance 8 - 13 December 2015

    The Agon pas de deux, which he dances with Zenaida Yanowsky, is dispatched with chivalrous precision, and he and Marianela Nuñez have fizzing, high-wire fun with Diana and Actaeon. 

  3. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk, Friday 11 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    This Sleeping Beauty has style and incident in spades, but for all its brash energy, it struggles to connect on an emotional level. 

  4. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 11 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    …an exhilarating, entertaining production – and one clearly destined to become a classic of the genre Bourne has made his own. 

  5. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Neil Norman, The Stage, Friday 11 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    Conceptually audacious but entirely logical it is a fully realised reimagining; packed with witty asides and details, great ensembles and a fistful of solos, it offers a rich display of Bourne’s choreographic and theatrical invention. 

  6. Royal Ballet leavers

    Thursday 10 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

    First Soloist Ricardo Cervera and Principal Roberta Marquez are both leaving the Company in December... Continue Reading

  7. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Thursday 10 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    Not for the first time with a New Adventures confection, designer Lez Brotherston has excelled himsel 

  8. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Thursday 10 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    Bourne has a real talent for humour, and there are so many witty details here, but sometimes the desire to go for the laugh undermines opportunities for real tension or intimacy.  

  9. Carlos Acosta in 'Diana and Actaeon' - part of A Classical Selection at the London Coliseum, Dec 2015. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Josephine Leask, Thursday 10 December 2015 — Performance: 8 - 13 December 2015

    Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection is a fitting tribute to mark his retirement from the ballet world. It features a collection of his favourite works and some good friends – all Royal Ballet celebrities... Continue Reading

  10. The Bonnies 2015. From left to right: Tom Jackson Greaves, Nicola Conibere, Matthew Bourne, Karla Shacklock, Ian Bramley (accepting on behalf of Rosemary Butcher). Photo: Matthew Tomkinson

    The Bonnies - winners announced

    Thursday 10 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

    The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund announced the recipients of their 2015 awards at Sadler’s Wells on 3 December, with special guest Matthew Bourne... Continue Reading

  11. The Nutcracker. Steven McRae as The Prince. Iana Salenko as the Sugar Plum Fairy. ©ROH 2015. Photo: Tristram Kenton

    Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 9 December 2015 — Performance: 8 December 2015 - 14 January 2016

    It is pleasing to assert that this is still the very best of the best of ballets. It would require a very hard heart to leave such a performance without a warm inner glow.  Continue Reading

  12. Still from 'Moving Southwark' - detail

    Moving Southwark

    Wednesday 9 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

    After Paris, Prague, Brussels and Armenia, amongst others, Moving Cities is back in London... Continue Reading

  13. Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, Wednesday 9 December 2015Performance 8 - 13 December 2015

    Acosta is nevertheless at his most playfully charming in Ben Van Cauwenbergh’s Jacques Brel solo Les Bourgeois.  

  14. Photo: Richard Haughton

    Akram Khan's Until the Lions

    Wednesday 9 December 2015 by Denise Drake

    Akram Khan’s new production Until the Lions, inspired by the Sanskrit epic poem Mahabharata, is due to open at the Roundhouse in the new year. Continue Reading

  15. Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Press Review Gareth Johnson, Gay Star News, Wednesday 9 December 2015Performance 8 - 13 December 2015

    Now in his early 40s, Acosta still has the muscular athletic physique and dazzling technique that first made him a superstar all those years ago – he is a joy to watch. 

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