October 2008

  1. Batsheva Dance Company 'Three' 20-21 Oct, Sadler's Wells

    Batsheva Dance Company in Three at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Thursday 23 October 2008 — Performance: 20 & 21 Oct 08

    The programme for this performance notes that Batsheva, Israel’s leading dance company, has made three previous visits to London to the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Dance Umbrella in 1993 and twice to t… Continue Reading

  2. Tiago Guedes in Materiais Diversos at The Place

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 20 October 2008Performance 14 & 15 Oct 08

    ‘Tiago Guedes is a Portuguese choreographer resident in France, and his solo Materiais Diversos is very unlike British dance. It’s completely unflashy, derives from a concept rather than reaching for effect, and you have to watch at least half of it before… 

  3. Royal Ballet in Manon at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 20 October 2008Performance in rep to 27 Nov 08

    ‘If only Kenneth MacMillan could have seen the way Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson performed his lovely, louche, blazingly tragic Manon. This was an evening where everything just clicked between the two leads. It wasn’t only that they danced their hearts out … 

  4. Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet in Forysthe programme: Steptext, Approximate Sonata, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 20 October 2008Performance 13 & 14 Oct 08

    ‘Technical skills may be taken for granted with any Mariinsky dancer, but there was a niggling feeling, in a four-piece bill, that the casts were unevenly in command of Forsythe’s demanding material.’ 

  5. Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet in Forysthe programme: Steptext, Approximate Sonata, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 20 October 2008Performance 13 & 14 Oct 08

    ‘In the middle somewhat elevated concluded the bill, another work that was a hit for Guillem and the Royal Ballet when first made, and again Kondaurova led the attack. Again, too, the Russians’ old-school training revealed the true lineage of Forsythe’s… 

  6. Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet in Forysthe programme: Steptext, Approximate Sonata, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 20 October 2008Performance 13 & 14 Oct 08

    ‘If you’re wondering about the viability of ballet as a living art form, go and see the Mariinsky Ballet dance the work of William Forsythe.’ 

  7. Compagnie Beau Geste 'Transports Exceptionnels' 11-13 and 17-19 October. Photo: Tony Shepherd

    Compagnie Beau Geste in Transports Exceptionnels at London Fields

    Mary Kate Connolly, Monday 20 October 2008 — Performance: 18 Oct 08

    It is crisp and autumnal as I stand shivering in London Fields late on Saturday afternoon. A crowd of onlookers, young and old, have amassed to form a large circle on the leaf strewn grass, leaving a sizeable ga… Continue Reading

  8. Tiago Guedes in Matrioska at Stratford Circus

    Press Review Mary Kate Connolly, , Monday 20 October 2008Performance 18 Oct 08

    When Tiago Guedes embarked on creating a work for children it was a new departure for him. Searching for inspiration he began with fear; the specific apprehension of the unknown which can grip all children, and which he remembers acutely as a child. Fear of the dark, fea… 

  9. Royal Ballet in Manon at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 20 October 2008 — Performance: in rep to 27 Nov 08

    Performance: 17 October 2008 Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballets repay countless viewings: this was the 213th performance of his *Manon* at the Royal Opera House and even if one had seen them all, I ex… Continue Reading

  10. Royal Ballet in Manon at Royal Opera House

    , Saturday 18 October 2008 — Performance: 13th October 2008

    Manon – a ballet of temptations peril. The Royal Ballet, the true heirs to this work, put out an interesting cast on Monday 13th, with new partnerships luckily gelling as the all important boudoir scenes f… Continue Reading

  11. Tiago Guedes in Various Materials at The Place

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 17 October 2008Performance 14 & 15 Oct 08

    ‘All newspaper, spray paint, sticky tape and bin-liners (them again), it’s also way too long. Still, its quiet, dry wit keeps you watching, wondering what sort of off-beat, low-fi alchemy he’s going to perform next.’ 

  12. O Vertigo in La Chambre Blanche at The Place

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 17 October 2008Performance 10 & 11 Oct 08

    ‘Imagine an achingly modern, conceptual, dance version of Sartre’s hell-is-other-people drama Huis Clos, but directed by David Lynch, and you get some idea of the effect – it’s a strange, smart idea, and full of edge. But, oh heavens, it’s … 

  13. Rodrigo Pardo, for Dance Umbrella in Toilet Tango at Bathstore, Baker St

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 17 October 2008Performance 11 & 12 Oct 08

    ‘…as a zesty, charmingly imaginative little reminder of dance’s ability to transform any space – a bathroom, a footpath, you name it – into something very special indeed, it’s splendid, and goes down like a hot little mocha on a cold a… 

  14. Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet in Balanchine & Ratmansky programme at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 17 October 2008Performance 15 & 16 Oct 08

    ‘I have never before been so astonished by its power as myth [Apollo], nor so fascinated by the dancers’ impersonations of these divinities. Played as humans rather than symbols, the roles regained a vitality that I believe they had in Diaghilev’s st… 

  15. Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet in Balanchine & Ratmansky programme at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 17 October 2008Performance 15 & 16 Oct 08

    ‘Igor Zelensky is a wonderful Apollo, noble, imperious and playful, every gesture finely moulded, every leap perfectly shaped and lightly grounded. His muses – Ekaterina Osmolkina, Nadezhda Gonchar, Olesya Novikova – reacted with mischievous pleasure… 

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