December 2007

  1. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 14 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘The 7 Fingers, a Canadian company, are former members of Cirque du Soleil who founded their own troupe in 2002. Loft, the company’s trademark show, casts its acrobats, clowns and jugglers as friends sharing the same flat.’  

  2. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, Friday 14 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘Like Korean group Yegam’s Jump, all the action in Loft is set in a single room, but where Jump played it for slapstick laughs, this white-clad septet puts the emphasis on daredevil dance-infused acrobatics, incorporating sofas, baths and fridges.’  

  3. Darcey Bussell & Katherine Jenkins in Viva La Diva at Manchester Arena & touring

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 14 December 2007Performance Nov 07, at Hammersmith Apollo, 10 - 12 Dec 07

    Reviewed at Hammersmith Apollo ‘The pair’s rendition of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is a stinker, while the backing dancers are out of line and sync. After the interval things pick up, and the show closes on a rousing number inspired by America… 

  4. English National Ballet in The Snow Queen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 14 December 2007Performance 11 - 16 Dec 07

    ‘Corder’s ballet is aimed at the young, and the tone and content are geared accordingly. The dancing is gentle, with fond moves for the villagers and sweet duets for Gerda and Kay. There are also foxes and wolves, and a completely believable reindeer who g… 

  5. Pulling a Nutcracker

    Wednesday 12 December 2007

    In London there’s the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Matthew Bourne versions to choose from – and elsewhere in the UK there are productions from BRB and NBT, amongst others. Read dance cri… Continue Reading

  6. The 7 Fingers in Loft at Roundhouse

    Press Review Charlotte Cripps, Independent, Wednesday 12 December 2007Performance to 30 Dec 07

    ‘The Canadian circus troupe The 7 Fingers – all former members of Cirque du Soleil – bring their show Loft to the Roundhouse. It is set in the home of seven friends who make use of household items to escape the monotony of life. It includes comedy, circ… 

  7. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 12 December 2007Performance 8 Dec 07 - 19 Jan 08 (various dates)

    ‘This just isn’t good enough. The Royal Ballet Nutcracker is neither fish nor fowl, a half-revised version with trailing threads. But that’s no excuse for such a sluggish first performance.’  

  8. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 12 December 2007Performance 8 Dec 07 - 19 Jan 08 (various dates)

    ‘It is not just the ravishing prettiness of its designs that makes the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker the best in town; there is also the dramatic detail with which director Peter Wright has rounded out the role of Clara.’  

  9. CoisCéim Dance Theatre in Knots at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Wednesday 12 December 2007Performance Dec 07

    “Let’s call the whole thing off,” sang Astaire and Rogers, citing personal differences when, really, they are just echoes of each other. Take that image, strip it of romance, expose its spirals of fear and greed, and shine a light into the hall of mi… 

  10. English National Ballet in The Snow Queen at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 12 December 2007 — Performance: 11 - 16 Dec 07

    Performance: 11 December 2007 There’s a special affinity between ballet and the Christmas season, which has been steadily hijacked over the years by *The Nutcracker*. So one must applaud the ENB for commis… Continue Reading

  11. Recommended by... Janet Lewis

    Monday 10 December 2007

    *A former ballerina with the Royal Ballet and London Festival Ballet, Janet Lewis founded the English Youth Ballet in 1998, which presents full-length classical ballets in the regional theatres of England, Scot… Continue Reading

  12. BNP ballerina

    Monday 10 December 2007

    Last year the Guardian revealed that the English National Ballet’s Simone Clarke was a member of the far right British National Party. Now they report that she has been elected onto the executive of a far … Continue Reading

  13. Renegade Theatre in Cage at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 10 December 2007Performance 29 Nov - 1 Dec 07

    ‘The storytelling may not be clear enough, but there’s no denying the impact of Cage‘s vicious climax.’  

  14. Jane Turner in Troop at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 10 December 2007Performance 6 Dec 07

    ‘The spangled, high-kicking world of the showgirl is currently the focus of debate, viewed either as the ultimate in female objectification or an arena where women exert a unique form of power. In Jane Turner’s Troop, these issues are earnestly flagged … 

  15. Jane Turner in Troop at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Press Review Allen Robertson, Times, Monday 10 December 2007Performance 6 Dec 07

    ‘Post-feminist irony is rampant on the counter-culture nightclub scene, where burlesque is enjoying a huge resurgence. Jane Turner’s Troop takes a swing at the Zeitgeist while, at the same time, striving to cash in on that market.’  

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