August 2009

  1. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Balanchine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Independent on Sunday, Monday 17 August 2009Performance 12 August 09

    ‘There are several ways of looking at the Mariinsky Ballet’s Homage to Balanchine, none of them entirely flattering.’ 

  2. Mariinsky Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 17 August 2009Performance 14 Aug 09

    ‘… this Beauty revealed the problems besetting the Mariinsky rather than its undoubted strengths. It, too, feels like a slumbering princess in need of a little tender care.’ 

  3. Christopher Marney Q&A

    Monday 17 August 2009

    After completing his training at Central School of Ballet, London, Christopher joined Matthew Bourne’s company, dancing the Prince in Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells and on international tours. He also … Continue Reading

  4. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Balanchine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 14 August 2009Performance 12 August 09

    ‘The corps were razor-sharp, and the whole thing felt like a spin through Times Square, in an open-top E-Type, on a steamy summer’s night – which is just as it should be.’ 

  5. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Balanchine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 14 August 2009Performance 12 August 09

    ‘…just so good in their Balanchine triple bill that you half wished they’d stop the Swan Lakes and Sleeping Beauties and dance only the Russian-born choreographer’s work.’  

  6. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Balanchine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 14 August 2009Performance 12 August 09

    “The company offers dancing of effortless dignity, sunlit grace. Here’s riches!” 

  7. Big Dance 2006, Trafalgar Square, 22 Jul
BBC Ballroom Dancers
Photo: Taco Oosterkamp

    Government announces 'Dance Champions'

    Friday 14 August 2009

    The UK comes 21 out of 32 European countries in a survey of engagement in physical activity and yesterday Health Minister Andy Burnham announced plans to encourage the nation to get moving. A range of programme… Continue Reading

  8. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Balanchine at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Thursday 13 August 2009 — Performance: 12 August 09

    The relationship between performers, audience and critic is a fascinating trinity. The paying audience often casts doubt over a critic’s judgement; they wonder whether they actually saw the same performanc… Continue Reading

  9. Taste the Place Sept 2009

    Taste The Place

    Wednesday 12 August 2009

    The Place kicks off a year’s celebration of its 40th anniversary, with two days of free taster classes for all, on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 September. It’s a great opportunity for experienced dan… Continue Reading

  10. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 12 August 2009Performance 7 - 11 August 09

    ‘Though the production is handsome, this performance feels leisurely until the corps de ballet of swans come on. At last, excitement rises: they move with taut energy, sweeping into their patterns.’  

  11. Starting Out

    Tuesday 11 August 2009

    This Spring at the Place brings the chance to see the work of eight choreographers in the early stages of their careers. By any standards they are already successful, but getting your work to a wider public can… Continue Reading

  12. Rashpal Singh Bansal
The Place 13 April 2005: Parallels/Dissonant/Fine Line

    Rashpal Singh Bansal

    Monday 10 August 2009

    Choreographer and dance artist Rashpal Singh Bansal died in the first week of August. He was just 29. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School in the 1990s and was associated with many dance companies and… Continue Reading

  13. The Royal Ballet in Cuba

    Monday 10 August 2009

    Carlos Acosta describes the recent tour as one of the highlights of his life. Ruaridh Nicoll travelled with the company and reports in the Observer, 9 Aug 09 Continue Reading

  14. David Bowie, Lou Reed & Iggy Pop

    Monday 10 August 2009

    - provide the soundtrack for choreographer Michael Clark’s new work, opening at Edinburgh on 28 August & coming to the Barbican in November. He talks about it to the Observer, 9 Aug 09 Continue Reading

  15. Chun Li - The Legend of Kung Fu at London Coliseum

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 3 - 16 August 09

    ‘The dedication and rigour of these artists in wildly hazardous pursuits is everywhere admirable; but the relentlessness and the overlarded spectacle become wearying.’ 

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