October 2016

  1. Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - 'Inter_rupted'. Photo : Foteini Christofilopoulou

    Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - Inter_rupted - Barbican Theatre - part of Dance Umbrella 2016

    Siobhan Murphy, Monday 24 October 2016 — Performance: 20 - 22 October 2016

    The moments of more purely kathak movement are the most interesting: that intricate foot stamping (at one point replaced by the crouched dancers slapping their hands against the floor), the liquid arms and articu… Continue Reading

  2. Hege Haagenrud  'Use My Body While It's Still Young' Photo Ellen Lande Gossner

    Hege Haagenrud – Use My Body While It’s Still Young – The Place

    Siobhan Murphy, Friday 21 October 2016 — Performance: 19 & 20 October 2016

    The dancers gathered here are an extraordinary resource, with decades of experience at the highest levels – but they don’t get much opportunity to extend themselves... Continue Reading

  3. Burn the Floor - Fire in the Ballroom, 2016.

    Burn the Floor - Fire in the Ballroom - The Peacock

    Graham Watts, Friday 21 October 2016 — Performance: 18 October - 5 November 2016

    The sizzling hot element of Burn the Floor is this extraordinary dance ensemble. Their versatility, both as individuals and in their couples, is extraordinary... Continue Reading

  4. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance #Londonisopen

    New film shows London as the City of Dance

    Thursday 20 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

    Part of Mayor Sadiq Khan's #LondonisOpen campaign, a new short film features many of London's dance stars dancing in a range of styles & settings across the city.... Continue Reading

  5. Vicky Long Advance Symposium boards. Photo: Hannah Quigley

    Addressing gender imbalance across the arts

    Wednesday 19 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

    Leading performing arts organisations - including Sadler's Wells, the Royal Ballet & Northern Ballet - have committed to address imbalances within their organisations through a programme organised by Tonic... Continue Reading

  6. Jérôme Bel - Gala - Sadler’s Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Wednesday 19 October 2016Performance

    ...this show reminds us how it feels when we dance. There is a masterful range of styles and skills to be seen on the dance stage today. Yet the French choreographer Jérôme Bel can open our eyes, and our hearts, to a completely different spectrum – a sp… 

  7. Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement - The Courtauld Institute

    Press Review 5Matthew Collings, Evening Standard, Wednesday 19 October 2016Performance 20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

    It is a dense, focused exhibition, curated by Alexandra Gerstein, working in collaboration with the Rodin Museum. In it, we realise that Rodin’s term, “mathematics”, means elegance, placement, proportion, space, configuration and the relationship of extr… 

  8. Gary Clarke wins UK Theatre award for Coal

    Tuesday 18 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

    The production won the Achievement in Dance category - beating other nominees Dance Consortium and Northern Ballet... Continue Reading


    Press Review 4Jeffrey Taylor , The Express , Monday 17 October 2016Performance

    David Bintley left me gasping last week. The Birmingham Royal Ballet stopped off in Islington and showed us his latest full length work dedicated to the current Shakespeare celebrations. Honestly, could any story conceived by man be more convoluted than this gallop throug… 


    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Monday 17 October 2016Performance

    In collaboration with Rae Smith and an excellent design team, Bintley’s production spins a convincing sense of wonder. The opening sea storm is a marvel of theatrical ingenuity, its roaring, spumy waves conjured from the most delicate of billowing silk.  

  11. Soft Machine - XiaoKe and ZiHan. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Choy Ka Fai - Soft Machine: Surjit & XiaoKe x ZiHan - Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

    Siobhan Murphy, Monday 17 October 2016 — Performance: 13 & 14 October

    It sounds, well, rather worthy. In fact, this was an often tartly funny exposure of our own western prejudices as much as a showcase for today’s Asian dance... Continue Reading

  12. Mikah Smillie
Photo: National Youth Ballet of Great Britain

    New Artistic Director, Mikah Smillie joins National Youth Ballet of Great Britain

    Monday 17 October 2016 by Jobeda Khanum

    The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain announce the appointment of its new Artistic Director, Mikah Smillie. Following the passing of the company’s Founding Director Jill Tookey. Continue Reading

  13. Laura Dannequin 'Secret Slowness of Movement' Photo:Paul Blakemore

    Laura Dannequin – The Secret Slowness of Movement - part of Dance Umbrella

    Josephine Leask, Monday 17 October 2016 — Performance: 14 & 15 October 2016

    Camden High Street on a Friday afternoon: a crowded, frenetic scene. What bliss, therefore to slip into DRAF, a gallery situated in a quiet mews off the bustling high street. DRAF is an art space and for Laura Da… Continue Reading

  14. 'The Legend of the White Snake'
Photo: China National Peking Opera Company

    China National Peking Opera Company - The General and the Prime Minister & The Legend of the White Snake

    Siobhan Murphy, Monday 17 October 2016 — Performance: 13 - 15 October 2016

    Although there were some vigorous acrobatics in the climactic battle scene, what was most notable here was how the actors’ precisely structured movements were so clearly led by the music, with every head-ti… Continue Reading

  15. Rambert studio. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

    Rambert Revealed 2016

    Saturday 15 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

    There's still time to drop in on Rambert's South Bank home for a tour, talk, workshop or performance - and check in to a live stream of events all day on Tuesday (18 October) Continue Reading


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