May 2011

  1. Margot Fonteyn, 1935.
© 2011 Curatorial Assistance, Inc. / E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection

    Review: Hoppe Portraits: Society, Studio and Street at National Portrait Gallery

    Katerina Pantelides, Monday 23 May 2011 — Performance: until May 30 2011

    Dancers’ faces: E.O Hoppé at the ballet “Photographing Pavlova and the rest of the Russian Ballet gave me the keenest pleasure” wrote E.O Hoppé in his semi-autobiographical treatise Hundred … Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 23 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    ‘The music is Michael Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, fabulously played under Barry Wordsworth. The pastoral serenity of its slow-moving blocks of string colour make a poignant contrast to the chaos and danger implied on stage, its shimm… 

  3. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 23 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    ‘These are the scorched landscapes on which our privilege is built, these are the people who suffer so that we may not, this is the human body in hyper-stress.’ 

  4. Feature: Gary Clarke

    Friday 20 May 2011

    Menage a Trois is a triple bill of Gary Clarke’s work which challenges social issues with irony and humour. 2 Men & A Michael is a reworked version of Gary’s acclaimed deadpan send-up of peculiar… Continue Reading

  5. Feature: Dave St-Pierre Company

    Friday 20 May 2011

    Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! (A Little Tenderness for Crying Out Loud! ) is about the search for love and the human form. Using humour to tackle taboo subjects, it features 20 dancers, naked both litera… Continue Reading

  6. Feature: Nats Nus Dansa 'Momentari'

    Friday 20 May 2011

    Momentari takes the audience on a fantastical journey led by a collector of strange and wonderful objects called Tari, who happens to own a magical cube inhabited by four characters. Projected images create a w… Continue Reading

  7. Northern Ballet 'Cleopatra' Martha Leebolt & Tobias Batley. Photo: Jason Tozer.

    Review: Northern Ballet in Cleopatra at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 20 May 2011 — Performance: 17 - 21 May 2011

    Reviewed: 18 May 2011 Thanks to Shakespeare and Elizabeth Taylor, the story of Cleopatra and her asp is well-known but I still found myself having to read and re-read the programme notes at the interval and pos… Continue Reading

  8. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 20 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    “The different components are almost disconnected from each other, but not quite. McGregor’s steps, softer and less driven than much of his choreography, pull the dancers into twists of movement.”  

  9. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 20 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    Ballo della regina “Marianela Núñez was a delight in Ashley’s role, as elegantly fast as the dance dictates, and radiant, showing the steps as the parure that they so joyously are.”  

  10. Northern Ballet in Cleopatra at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 20 May 2011Performance 17 - 21 May 2011

    “Few dance companies are as deserving of praise as Northern Ballet….Martha Leebolt’s performance in the title role deserves special credit. Small and neat with nice lines, Leebolt is on stage almost all the time and, despite the often thin moves, car… 

  11. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 20 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    Live Fire Exercise “This sophisticated tapestry of movement is staggeringly beautiful, its pensive, slightly mournful mood engrossing. It is dance for people who like to think as well as feel, both abstract and real.”  

  12. Russian Ballet Icons: Galina Ulanova 100th anniversary gala.
Darya Kholkova & Vladislav Lantratov in 'The Red Poppy' adagio.

    Review: Russian Ballet Icons: Galina Ulanova 100th Anniversary Gala at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 18 May 2011 — Performance: 15 May 2011

    Galas tend to be soulless affairs, creating an evening’s programme of dance out of random snippets (invariably pas de deux) from well-known ballets. Virtuoso dancing is paramount but everything is ripped f… Continue Reading

  13. Rosie Kay Dance Company '5 SOLDIERS' 20-21 May, The Rifles Club Drill Hall

    Review: Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers at The Place

    Katie Fish, Wednesday 18 May 2011 — Performance: 14 May 2011

    Although they may seem somewhat disparate in today’s culture, dance and the military share a long history. As Wayne McGregor, [who’s most recent work Live Fire Exercise premiered at the Royal Opera H… Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 17 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    “McGregor’s ideas are potent but this is a rare case of his misjudging the sum of his theatrical parts. So visually arresting is Gerrard’s film, so overwhelming its scale and alluring its kinetics, that you find yourself watching it rather than the d… 

  15. Royal Ballet in Ballo Della Regina/Live Fire Exercise/DGV: Dance A Grande Vitesse at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 17 May 2011Performance in rep until 25 May 2011

    “In some ways, McGregor’s choreography is the most classical he has ever created, but it is classicism under duress: pirouettes and attitudes are wrenched off balance; legs shoot out with deadly force.”  

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