June 2008

  1. Shobana Jeyasingh receives Asian Women of Achievement Award

    Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh

    Friday 13 June 2008

    Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh has received an Asian Women of Achievement Award. There were 44 nominations for the awards made in nine different categories, including Professional, Entrepreneur and Young Achiev… Continue Reading

  2. Zoonation in 'Into the Hoods' , Novello Theatre, booking until August 08

    Zoonation represents London in Beijing

    Friday 13 June 2008

    At the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Bejing this summer the hip hop dance troupe, with support from dancers from the Royal Ballet company and Candoco will be performing an eight minute routine. Read more i… Continue Reading

  3. Jonathan Lunn in Reading Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Wednesday 11 June 2008Performance 5 & 6 Jun 08

    ‘In this unpredictably patchwork piece, word and motion work best when they take contrasting roles – such as the last scene, an emotive duet offset by a text by Anthony Minghella, which reminds us that dance is only partially about reading meanings; more r… 

  4. Shape 2012 commissions announced

    Wednesday 11 June 2008

    StopGAP Dance Company have won a £5000 commission to create a work inspired by the London 2012 Olympics. It’s one of four awards made by Shape, the leading disability arts organisation, which were open to… Continue Reading

  5. Anthony Bowne & Neville Shulman at Laban, 
May 08

    Award winning Laban

    Wednesday 11 June 2008

    Laban, the London based conservatoire for professional contemporary dance training has won the International Theatre Institute’s Annual Award for Excellence in International Dance. Receiving the award, La… Continue Reading

  6. Jonathan Lunn in Reading Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Libby Costello, Tuesday 10 June 2008 — Performance: 5 & 6 Jun 08

    Many unusual features surrounding this piece – the star studded audience, the involvement of a BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning actress, the use of youth/post graduate dance groups, plus it’s ded… Continue Reading

  7. Jonathan Lunn in Reading Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Lisa Haight, Monday 9 June 2008 — Performance: 5 & 6 Jun 08

    Jonathan Lunn, a well respected choreographer and director, has worked with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, numerous opera companies, and on films such as Love Actually. Lunn won the 1993 Time Out Dance Award… Continue Reading

  8. Havana Rakatan. Photo: Sven Creutzmann

    Havana Rakatan at Peacock Theatre

    Libby Costello, Monday 9 June 2008 — Performance: to 21 June 08

    A collage of dance from Cuban descent, assembled under the name Havana Rakatan runs at the Peacock Theatre until 21 June, giving audiences a taste of the Caribbean in London. With live music from Cuban band Turq… Continue Reading

  9. Strictly Gershwin

    Monday 9 June 2008

    -the new English National Ballet show opening at the Royal Albert Hall this week gives Agnes Oakes and Thomas Edur the chance to expand their range still further. The on and off stage couple talk the Times, 9 Jun 08 Continue Reading

  10. Jonathan Lunn in Reading Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 9 June 2008Performance 5 & 6 Jun 08

    ‘Had Minghella lived, Reading Room might have been different but I hardly think better. As it is, it’s utterly engrossing. It’s touring, too: an accessible treat.’ Nottingham Playhouse (0115 941 9419) 10 June; Merlin Theatre, Frome (01373 465949) … 

  11. Jonathan Lunn in Reading Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 9 June 2008Performance 5 & 6 Jun 08

    ‘The evening is illuminated by the quiet deftness of Lunn’s choreography, the subtle shape-shifting of Mumford’s designs, and above all by the superlative dancing of Chris Evans and Carly Best.’ 

  12. How much?

    Wednesday 4 June 2008

    A report by the Consumers Association found that ticket agencies are adding up to 30% extra on the price of a theatre ticket in hidden costs. Read more in the Guardian, 29 May 08 Continue Reading

  13. Dancers pay review

    Wednesday 4 June 2008

    Choregrapher and Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips calls for a pay structure which would allow dancers with years of experience to be rewarded accordingly. Read more in the Stage, 3 Jun 08 Continue Reading

  14. sword dance

    Endangered dance form

    Wednesday 4 June 2008

    One of the consequences of the government’s Violent Crimes Reduction Bill which came into force in April this year, is that sword dancing – a folk dance form which dates back to at least the 1700s &#… Continue Reading

  15. Tero Saarinen Dance Company in Next of Kin at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 4 June 2008Performance 23-24 May 08

    ‘Tero Saarinen is one of Finland’s most important creative artists, and his career as a choreographer went global long ago…. But his newest piece, Next of Kin, does make me question his impressive reputation.’  

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