May 2008

  1. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 20 May 2008Performance 3 - 5 May 08

    ‘I shouted with the best, marvelled at the skills, was – pauvre vieux – utterly involved in the subtleties of rhythm, pacing, muscular control and choreographic wit that these wonderful performers have acquired and use so brilliantly in their style.’ 

  2. A Taste of Spain

    Regent Street surrenders to flamenco

    Monday 19 May 2008

    Regent Street goes all Spanish this weekend when it plays host to a world record breaking attempt for the largest Sevillanas dance ever. Several hundred dancers are already involved – but more are still ne… Continue Reading

  3. Akram Khan Company in Bahok at Brighton Dome & touring

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 19 May 2008Performance May 08

    ‘The dancing’s great – twitchy, galvanic, exhilarating – but the framing material now looks formulaic and calculating. If Khan is to fulfil the promise of his early work, he needs more original subject matter.’ 

  4. Royal Ballet in Dances at a Gathering / The Dream at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Lyndsey Winship, The Stage, Monday 19 May 2008Performance May 08

    ‘The stand-out solo, however, came from Lauren Cuthbertson, who added welcome verve – a touch of mischief here, a sweep of flamenco-style panache there – to her very musical dancing.’ 

  5. Royal Ballet in Dances at a Gathering / The Dream at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 19 May 2008Performance May 08

    ‘The Royal Ballet fielded its finest for this revival, and watching it you can’t quite believe it’s been out of the rep for 30-odd years. It has, if we’re stalking nits, slightly dated pastel chiffon threads (very à la mode in the 1970s) but, … 

  6. Royal Ballet in Dances at a Gathering / The Dream at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 19 May 2008Performance May 08

    ‘The poor Royal Ballet saw its opening matinée of The Dream turn into a bit of a nightmare. Having lost wonderful Steven McRae (as fairy-king Oberon) to injury days earlier, they were two-thirds of the way through a spirited if imperfect rendering of Frederick Ash… 

  7. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Myth at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 19 May 2008Performance 16 & 17 May 08

    ‘An extravagant musing on choice, faith and heaven knows what else, it’s bracingly original, often beautiful, far too long, sometimes maddening.’ 

  8. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Myth at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 19 May 2008Performance 16 & 17 May 08

    ‘Myth is also brilliantly fluid and strange. The opening five minutes are among the most masterly Cherkaoui has delivered.’  

  9. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Myth at Sadler's Wells

    Libby Costello, Monday 19 May 2008 — Performance: 16 & 17 May 08

    Performance: 16 May. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, famed in the UK for his hand in Zero Degrees, has built up a credible name throughout Europe for his intelligence and vision. This two hour spectacular allowed five act… Continue Reading

  10. Springloaded in Mixed bill by Gary Clarke, Rashpal Singh Bansal and Sally Marie at The Place

    Libby Costello, Monday 19 May 2008 — Performance: May 08

    The chance for a second viewing of small company’s work is rarely given, making the offerings to the Spring Loaded festival at the Place extremely intriguing. With a heavy British and almost entirely North… Continue Reading

  11. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Emily aitcheson, Tuesday 13 May 2008 — Performance: 28 & 29 Apr 08

    Blue Roses, performance on 29 April After two years as artistic director, Javier de Frutos shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to generate unpredictable inspired works, as illustrated by this current pi… Continue Reading

  12. Lou Reed and Antony Hegarty

    Monday 12 May 2008

    - are the latest musicians to collaborate with choreographer Stephen Petronio. The UK premiere of their new work will be part of the Queer Up North Festival and there’s a further chance to catch it at the … Continue Reading

  13. ZooNation in Into the Hoods at Novello Theatre

    Press Review , , Monday 12 May 2008Performance Mar 08, ongoing

    ‘… it’s a fantastic, life-enhancing take on multicultural.’ 

  14. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 12 May 2008Performance 3 - 5 May 08

    ‘The audience is gripped, though it takes a while to realise that Febre uses hip-hop not as display but as a means to an end. That, not the adult content, is what makes this grown-up hip-hop.’ 

  15. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 12 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 Apr 08

    ‘Visually, the piece [Blue Roses] is ravishing, but as is often the way with De Frutos, there’s a savage counterpoint between aesthetic and actuality. As a programme note by the choreographer reminds us, Laura was based on Williams’s sickly sister Rose,… 

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