May 2006

  1. Les Ballets C. de la B. in 'vsprs' at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 19 May 2006 — Performance: 17-20 May

    The dance theatre of Alain Platel and his collaborators in Les Ballets C de la B is certain to rouse a passionate response. People jeer, or laugh inappropriately, here someone snored loudly during a rare, quiet … Continue Reading

  2. Diversions in Mixed Bill at The Place

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 19 May 2006Performance

    ‘Speech isn’t rare in contemporary dance, but it is unusual to see it mixed with such disciplined moves, as it is here by the national troupe of Wales.’ 

  3. Les Ballets C. de la B. in 'vsprs' at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Friday 19 May 2006Performance 17-20 May

    ‘The dancers, who have acrobatic, gymnastic and contortionist skills to impress, are committed to the enterprise like troupers. It’s not their fault that Platel’s creation (a Sadler’s Wells co-production) is tiresome, shapeless and adrift, a sc… 

  4. Les Ballets C. de la B. in 'vsprs' at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 19 May 2006Performance 17-20 May

    ‘Platel’s voyeuristic exercise is, I think, a nose thumbed at the medical conditions it feeds on for popular entertainment.’ 

  5. Les Ballets C. de la B. in 'vsprs' at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 19 May 2006Performance 17-20 May

    ‘This production has been advertised as tackling the two great themes of religion and madness, yet beyond the quiveringly dysfunctional moves Platel has orchestrated for his dancers and the devotional inspiration of Cassol’s score, it has nothing to say on… 

  6. Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Thursday 18 May 2006 — Performance: 15 May-3 Jun

    Nothing does nostalgia better than ballet and it has no shortage of opportunity for sentimental reflection: this coincidence of three major anniversaries (75 years since the company started; 60 since it became p… Continue Reading

  7. Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 17 May 2006Performance 15 May-3 Jun

    ‘Laura Morera, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nunez were crisply witty and luscious Fairies, while Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg made you believe in the divine right of ballet royalty.’  

  8. Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 17 May 2006Performance 15 May-3 Jun

    ‘This new production is an enchanting fairytale fantasy, a shining beacon for classicism that restores Beauty to its rightful place at the heart of the repertoire.’  

  9. Robert Hylton Urban Classicism in Verse & Verses at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Clare Thurman, Monday 15 May 2006 — Performance: 12 May

    Hip hop influenced contemporary dance was a concept that intrigued me, having previously experienced both hip hop and contemporary dance as separate dance forms. The result was a rather disjointed mishmash of cl… Continue Reading

  10. Theatre Museum fight continues

    Monday 15 May 2006

    Vanessa Redgrave has joined the campaign to save the Covent Garden based museum – which contains costumes by Diaghilev & other dance memorabilia. Read more in the Telegraph, 15 May Continue Reading

  11. Design versus decoration

    Monday 15 May 2006

    The Royal Ballet is restaging its 1946 version of Sleeping Beauty – - for which the designs by Oliver Messel were integral. Ismene Brown examines the changing relationship between designers and choreograph… Continue Reading

  12. Earthfall in 'At Swim Two Birds' at The Place

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 15 May 2006Performance 9&10 May

    ‘Though the production is diffuse, Earthfall creates some fine images.’  

  13. Earthfall in 'At Swim Two Birds' at The Place

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 15 May 2006Performance 9&10 May

    ‘All the dance takes place in water and, as Roger Mills’s score threads its melancholy path, Michael and Bowden whirl through the stage space in a dazzling corona of spray.’ 

  14. Barebones in The Five Man Show at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 15 May 2006Performance 12-14 May

    ‘His [David Massingham’s] five dancers are, to a man, quirky, handsome and technically adroit. It would be a rare pleasure to watch them at work, except that, this time round, Massingham has failed to give them the choreography they deserve.’  

  15. Siobhan Davies Dance Company in In Plain Clothes at Siobhan Davies Studios

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 15 May 2006Performance

    ‘I’m delighted to see her installed in her new home, but I hanker back to her more elaborately staged works in main theatres.’ 

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