July 2008

  1. Swan Lake

    Wednesday 23 July 2008

    - Guangdong Military Acrobatic Troup style. David Jays goes behind the scenes with the Chinese company who are touring the UK, arriving at the Royal Opera House in August. Read more in the Sunday Times, 20 July 08 Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' Royal Opera House. Juliet: Alina Cojocaru. Romeo: Johan Kobborg. Photo: Bill Cooper

    Live screenings from Royal Opera House

    Wednesday 23 July 2008

    This summer there’s been a chance to see major Royal Opera House ballet and opera productions in Picturehouses and other cinemas run by City Screen across the UK. From September a selection of Royal Opera … Continue Reading

  3. Cloud Dance Festival: Tabula Rasa at Courtyard Theatre

    Emma Stevenson, Thursday 17 July 2008 — Performance: Sunday 6th July

    A quarterly contemporary dance platform open to both emerging and established dance companies, the July Cloud Dance Festival offered its “largest and most ambitious line up yet”. The atmosphere at T… Continue Reading

  4. English National Ballet in Festival Ballet at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 16 July 2008Performance 2-5 July 08

    ‘Triple bills offer different rewards, to audiences, dancers and choreographers, so it is laudable when these chances can be taken.’ 

  5. ROH2, Will Tuckett in Faeries at Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 16 July 2008Performance 14-19 July 08

    ‘The best decision Will Tuckett made in presenting his new child-friendly production for the Royal Opera House was to bring on board the puppet masters of Blind Summit Theatre. Their evocation of Tuckett’s magical fairy landscape is masterly, their puppets… 

  6. ROH2, Will Tuckett in Faeries at Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 16 July 2008Performance 14-19 July 08

    ‘The script, by playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, gets heavy-handed. It’s lifted by the production’s inventive fairy world.’  

  7. ROH2, Will Tuckett in Faeries at Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 16 July 2008Performance 14-19 July 08

    ‘Will Tuckett’s new show is tailored to a very young public. Its mix of live dance and puppetry is staged in intimate proximity to the audience, so that the children can take part in key moments of the action…’  

  8. ROH2, Will Tuckett in Faeries at Clore Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 15 July 2008Performance 14-19 July 08

    ‘The dancer-actors move the stringless puppets. They dance a little, and sing a lot (Martin Ward composes). Tuckett’s choreography is basic fare but apart from one or two slow sections, his direction is nimble.’  

  9. The Big Dance, Trafalgar Square, 12 July 08.
Photo: Lara Platman

    The Big Dance 2008

    Monday 14 July 2008

    In the grand finale for Big Dance week (5 – 13 July) which saw thousands of people taking part in dance events and performances across London and the UK – hundreds of dancers performed in The Big Dan… Continue Reading

  10. Youth Dance England, Reception at House of Commons 24 June. L-R: Stevi Gardwandoe, Margaret Hodge, Arlene Phillips, James Cousins. Photo: Helen Burrows

    Funding for Youth Dance

    Friday 11 July 2008

    Another £100,000 has been assured for Youth Dance Links to enable Youth Dance England to provide greater dance opportunities for young people. The Dance Links Scheme enables more schools and specialist colleges… Continue Reading

  11. Boris and Dance

    Friday 11 July 2008

    In her blog for the Guardian, Judith Mackrell asks whether the enthusiasm and excitement over Big Dance can be extended towards providing actual funding for the creation of repertory. Read the full article in, G… Continue Reading

  12. English National Ballet in Festival Ballet at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Friday 11 July 2008Performance 2-5 July 08

    ‘After an inconclusive opening the piece [Resolution] gathers force with a male trio in which several ballets from Eagling’s performance days are momentarily reprised, among them Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria and Requiem, and Maurice Béjart’s Song o… 

  13. Royal Ballet in China

    Tuesday 8 July 2008

    With Chinese audiences used to the classic ballets, there was uncertainty as to how the more modern works, such as Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, would be received. In the event it was proven that worries were u… Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet School in Royal Ballet School matinée at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Gerald Dowler, Financial Times, Tuesday 8 July 2008Performance 6 July 2008

    “Notable in this[i-relations] and Napoli were the impressive Tristan Dyer and the pliable Jonathan Hanks who, along with the other soloists, demonstrated a real desire to observe the nuances of Danish school head-and-arm co-ordination as well as to nail the punishi… 

  15. TangoCommute on Blackfriars, June 08. Thomas Lindner

    Tango Commute

    Tuesday 8 July 2008

    If you were among the throng of London commuters between 6pm and 7pm on Monday you may have encountered some silent tango dancers… Dancer Thomas Lindner devised ‘Tango Commute’ as a way to brig… Continue Reading


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