April 2009

  1. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Sylvia at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 16 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘David Bintley’s production for Birmingham Royal Ballet is actually his second attempt, a revision of his 1993 version. It’s still silly, but bright performances give it some warmth and charm.’  

  2. Aletta Collins/ROH2 in The Red Balloon at Linbury Studio

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 9 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘Collins is a dance-maker in the purest sense, taking the most ordinary situations – a rain shower in the street, a woman distracted by her crying baby, children misbehaving behind their teacher’s back – and turning them into a whirl of wit and in… 

  3. Jan Fabre in Orgy of Tolerance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre, part of Spill Festival

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 20 April 2009Performance Apr 09

    ‘It’s typically extreme stuff, and its target – big, fat, and years too late – is consumerism.’ 

  4. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Sylvia at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 16 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘Bintley understands (as did Ashton in his Sylvia) both the riches and limitations of Delibes’ music, everywhere felicitous and everywhere inviting to movement.’ 

  5. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Pomp and Circumstances: Serenade/Enigma Variations/Still Life at the Penguin Café at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 14 & 15 Apr 09

    I salute each artist [Enigma Variations], and especially Jonathan Payn’s sincere, vulnerable Elgar, Victoria Marr’s loving Alice Elgar, Robert Parker’s dazzling Troyte, vivid in dynamics, and Valentin Olovyannikov’s Jaeger, resembling a Konstantin… 

  6. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Pomp and Circumstances: Serenade/Enigma Variations/Still Life at the Penguin Café at London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 14 & 15 Apr 09

    ‘There is no denying the bravura appeal of this ballet [Still Life], which is essentially a danced cabaret, performed by a vivid cast of endangered species.’  

  7. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Pomp and Circumstances: Serenade/Enigma Variations/Still Life at the Penguin Café at London Coliseum

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 20 April 2009Performance 14 & 15 Apr 09

    ‘It’s always wonderful to have George Balanchine’s Serenade back in the spotlight.’ 16 DC  

  8. Protein - Dear Body

    Friday 17 April 2009

    See Dear Body at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tue 28th & Wed 29th April. More details/online booking Continue Reading

  9. Luca Silvestrini Q&A Nov 06

    Friday 17 April 2009

    Luca Silvestrini is the Artistic Director of Protein Dance, performed Big Sale at The Place, 7 – 18 November 2006. Since moving to the UK in 1995, he has performed with the Featherstonehaughs, Aletta Co… Continue Reading

  10. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Pomp and Circumstances: Serenade/Enigma Variations/Still Life at the Penguin Café at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 16 April 2009 — Performance: 14 & 15 Apr 09

    I’ve been trying to figure out the relevance of the enigmatic title for this eclectic triple bill. There is, of course, the very obvious link to Elgar who composed both the Pomp and Circumstance Marches an… Continue Reading

  11. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company 'Just Add Water?' Photo: JP Masclet.

    Just Add water?

    Tuesday 14 April 2009

    There are parallels between Shobana Jeyasingh’s style of choreography, which embraces both European ballet and South Asian bharata natyam and the UK’s eclectic and ever evolving cuisine, so perhaps i… Continue Reading

  12. Aletta Collins/ROH2 in The Red Balloon at Linbury Studio

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 14 April 2009Performance 9 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘Apart from being a little too long, and a little too literal, this sweet show is great for the under-10s. The best thing about it is the way it looks, with both the sets (Giles Cadle) and costumes (Gabrielle Dalton) evoking a nicely retro, crayon-drawn impressi… 

  13. Aletta Collins/ROH2 in The Red Balloon at Linbury Studio

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 14 April 2009Performance 9 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘The film, with a more elemental story, invoked a powerful sense of both the ordinary surface and sinister underside of conformism. Collins’s more literary version shows us more of Pascal’s life but less of a bigger picture; it’s charming rathe… 

  14. Aletta Collins/ROH2 in The Red Balloon at Linbury Studio

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 14 April 2009Performance 9 - 18 Apr 09

    ‘The British choreographer Aletta Collins had a lot to live up to in adapting Le ballon rouge for the stage. Dating from 1956, Albert Lamorisse’s half-hour classic remains one of cinema’s more magical depictions of childhood.’  

  15. Royal Ballet in Giselle at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 14 April 2009Performance 6 Apr - 26 May 09

    ‘A few seasons ago, I described this beautiful production as the jewel in the Royal’s crown and I can only repeat those words. It’s the best thing they do and a debut such as this [Marianela Nuñez] promises that it will remain so.’ 

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