October 2012

  1. Flash Mob - Alleviate. Photo Dave Nelson

    Flash Mob - Peacock Theatre

    Graham Watts, Monday 22 October 2012 — Performance: 16 October - 4 November 2012

    The whole catalogue of human emotion can be unleashed by dance but there is only one reason for seeing Flash Mob and that’s to have FUN!  Continue Reading

  2. Michael Clark Company New Work 2012 
Dancers: Melissa Hetherington and Benjamin Warbis. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

    Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Sanjoy Roy, Monday 22 October 2012 — Performance: 17 - 27 October 2012

    Clark’s choreography bears the direct imprint of Balanchine and Cunningham in its balletic base and spare, pared-back style. Continue Reading

  3. Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 3Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Sunday 21 October 2012Performance 17 - 27 October 2012

    From these first alphabetical lines the choreography gathers a linear momentum until a final passage that is surely one of the best, most mature things Clark has made.  

  4. Ballet Cooperation

    Sunday 21 October 2012 by Sarah Kearney

    Judith Mackrell suggests mixed bills with a combination of different ballet companies performing in the same programme as a way forward for British ballet. Continue Reading

  5. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet - Mixed Bill - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 21 October 2012Performance 11 - 13 October 2012

    At first sight Pite and Shechter appear to be on the same existential track, but where Shechter sees humanity desperately seeking escape from the knowledge of the void, Pite’s choreography promises redemption beyond the abyss.  

  6. Rambert Dance Company - Labyrinth of Love / Roses / Dutiful Ducks / Sounddance

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Sunday 21 October 2012Performance 16 - 20 October 2012

    As the evening’s high point, though, it was narrowly bested by Merce Cunningham’s Sounddance, a work that undoes everything you thought you knew about 1970s modernism not only by being gripping, funny, and harum-scarum fast, but by featuring a backdrop of g… 

  7. Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Sunday 21 October 2012Performance 17 - 27 October 2012

    What’s left is a fierce concentrate of what can only be termed nu-classicism. Hips display a savage turnout, arms whir like windmills or cradle imaginary fitness balls.  

  8. Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 19 October 2012Performance 17 - 27 October 2012

    Clark’s preference for making dances to his favourites bands makes sense because there’s a pop music-like simplicity to his vocabulary. You only need three chords to start a band; you only need three moves — plié (bend), tendu (stretch) and sauté (jump) — to … 

  9. Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 19 October 2012Performance 17 - 27 October 2012

    When Clark is at his purist best, his choreography has an otherworldly beauty at its core. At his weakest, however, the simplicity of his movement can look sketchy. The central duet in this section barely transcends a warm-up exercise as its two dancers slowly wind and… 

  10. Wendy Houstoun '50 Acts' Photo: Chris Nash

    Dance Umbrella - Wendy Houstoun / Nigel Charnock - Platform Theatre

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Friday 19 October 2012 — Performance: 13 October 2012

    The only two UK choreographers to have works staged in Dance Umbrella this year are Wendy Houstoun, who performed her own solo piece 50 Acts, and the late Nigel Charnock, whose piece Haunted by the Future , a du… Continue Reading

  11. Royal Ballet, Zenaida Yanowsky & Nehemiah Kish in 'Swan Lake'. Photo: Bill Cooper, courtesy, ROH.

    Royal Opera House Autumn Cinema Season

    Friday 19 October 2012 by Sarah Kearney

    The Royal Opera House Cinema Season will open this Autumn with Swan Lake, performed by the Royal Ballet with Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in the title roles.  Continue Reading

  12. Angela Towler, Rambert Dance Company, photo: Simon Weir and Kit Holder, Birmingham Royal Ballet, photo: Tim Cross

    Dance UK mentoring scheme awards announced

    Friday 19 October 2012

    Twenty dancers, all nominated by colleagues they have worked with as potential future leaders, have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s new Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme. Continue Reading

  13. Michael Nunn and William Trevitt

    A new home for the BalletBoyz

    Friday 19 October 2012 by Sarah Kearney

    The BalletBoyz will be leaving their current premises at Sadler's Wells to move to a new home in Kingston upon Thames next month. BalletBoyz new building will consist of two studios – a main one for th… Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet -Swan Lake -Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 19 October 2012Performance in rep until 24 November 2012

    McRae is a fine partner, proves yet again in the third act to be a grandly true and elegant executant, and in the last scene despair gives identity to his every action. 

  15. Michael Clark Company -New Work 2012 - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 5Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 19 October 2012Performance 17 - 27 October 2012

    the most exhilarating new piece of contemporary dance to appear in Britain this year, by turns ravishing, outrageous, borderline certifiable, and sometimes all three at once.  

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