February 2008

  1. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in James Son of James at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 5 - 9 Feb 08

    ‘The story of a man cast as saviour, then scapegoat, within his home town carries strong biblical overtones, and is told through Fabulous Beast’s trademark mix of dance theatre and subverted musical comedy. But it lacks the transcending power of myth.’  

  2. Jérôme Bel in The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 9 Feb 08

    ‘…the charm of the piece is such that it never feels alienating. Bel’s gauche, badly dressed cast give themselves so completely to their tasks that we gain intimate knowledge of their every individual tic. And the playlist is so great that some of th… 

  3. Royal Ballet in Chroma/ Different Drummer/ The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 2, 15, 18, 20, & 23 Feb 08

    ‘The Royal Ballet‘s latest triple bill at Covent Garden is a curious choice in programme planning, but certainly a vehicle for the dancers’ versatility.’ 

  4. Royal Ballet in Chroma/ Different Drummer/ The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 2, 15, 18, 20, & 23 Feb 08

    ‘Once you accept that dance doesn’t have to be pretty, a universe of disturbing subject matter opens up, and much of MacMillan’s creative genius went into stretching the conventions of ballet to express various states of human distress.’ 

  5. Royal Ballet in Chroma/ Different Drummer/ The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 2, 15, 18, 20, & 23 Feb 08

    ‘Different Drummer follows Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, in which Watson also dances a significant role, and which the Royal now performs with thrilling fluency. Familiarity with McGregor’s extreme, hyper-extended style has enabled them to bring out the piec… 

  6. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 7 & 8 Feb 08

    ‘In fairness, despite its considerable one-hour length, Square Map of Q4 moves with a mission, and there’s no shortage of atmosphere, drama or ideas. But we simply aren’t allowed to focus enough on the (blistering) dancers, and the piece ultimately over… 

  7. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 7 & 8 Feb 08

    ‘Square Map of Q4 is an interesting experiment in how much sensory overload audiences can take before they simply shut down.’  

  8. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 11 February 2008Performance 7 & 8 Feb 08

    ‘In the programme for Square Map of Q4 (a title that references the floor design which is a map of emotions in four quarters), he makes ambitious claims about dance boundaries, then fails to push them.’  

  9. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Libby Costello, Friday 8 February 2008 — Performance: 7 & 8 Feb 08

    Rafael Bonachela (a name that will forever be linked to Kylie Minogue within the dance world) occupied the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with an invasion on the senses. Bonachela’s new work, Square Map… Continue Reading

  10. Hofesh makes the moves for Skins

    Friday 8 February 2008

    The new series of Channel 4’s teen drama Skins opened on Monday (11 Feb. E4, 10pm) with a pounding two-minute dance scene choreographed by rising star choreographer Hofesh Shechter. (Repeated Thurs 14 Fe… Continue Reading

  11. Tango por Dos in Miguel Angel Zotto's Buenos Aires Tango at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 6 February 2008Performance 29 Jan - 23 Feb 08

    ‘In his latest production Miguel Angel Zotto, the brains behind Tango Por Dos, as well as this Argentine company’s lead dancer, offers up plenty of foreplay while also repeatedly trying to deliver the orgasm. The results can be highly entertaining, and occ… 

  12. Royal Ballet in Chroma/ Different Drummer/ The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 6 February 2008Performance 2, 15, 18, 20, & 23 Feb 08

    ‘Rite of Spring may have lost its ability to cause a riot – as it famously did on its 1913 première. But it still packs the most body-stopping punch. The Royal Ballet’s revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s 1962 version of this throbbingly primeval work… 

  13. Royal Ballet in Chroma/ Different Drummer/ The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 6 February 2008Performance 2, 15, 18, 20, & 23 Feb 08

    ‘This is a strong programme musically, the first to be conducted by Barry Wordsworth since his appointment as music director. In the final piece, Rite of Spring, the onstage action fails to match the power of Stravinsky’s astounding score.’  

  14. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in James Son of James at Barbican Theatre

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 6 February 2008 — Performance: 5 - 9 Feb 08

    Critically acclaimed Irish company, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, played to a full audience at the Barbican – the second stop of their extensive UK tour. James Son of James, a tale of small community’… Continue Reading

  15. Rambert Dance Company in Season of new choreography at The Place & Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 5 February 2008Performance 29 & 30 Jan, 1 Feb 08

    ‘The standout, though, was See Me, by Martin Joyce and Angela Towler. It’s their fourth collaboration, and this shared experience showed in a work that used the bittersweet, escalating figures of Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa as the inspiration for some genu… 

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