December 2013

  1. Laurretta Summerscales, English National ballet First Soloist.

    Interview: ENB's Laurretta Summerscales talks about her Nutcracker debut

    Monday 9 December 2013 by Lise Smith

    Laurretta Summerscales joined English National Ballet at the age of 17. She makes her debut this year as Clara in ENB's production of 'The Nutcracker'... Continue Reading

  2. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance - Strange Blooms - Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review 4Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 8 December 2013Performance 3 & 4 December 2013

    For all the breadth of her creative interests, Jeyasingh remains something of a cult figure rather than a mainstream dance-world player. In part this stems from her refusal to occupy an easily categorised Anglo-Asian fusion niche, in part from her steely disinclination… 

  3. Royal Ballet -The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard, Friday 6 December 2013Performance in rep until 16 January 2014

    This Nutcracker is a triumph. It’s impossible not to surrender to the frosted charm and superb dancing — but there’s a hint of darkness at the heart. If you can’t get your hands on a ticket, do catch the live relay at cinemas on 12 December.  

  4. Royal Ballet 'The Nutcracker' - Francesca Hayward as Clara. Photo Tristram Kenton, courtesy ROH

    Review: Royal Ballet -The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Friday 6 December 2013 — Performance: in rep until 16 January 2014

    Countless versions of Tchaikovsky’s tuneful music have been performed around the world over the last century but - for me - it is usually this production that captures the magic above all others Continue Reading

  5. Royal Ballet -The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 5 December 2013Performance in rep until 16 January 2014

    This revival has a delightful heroine in Francesca Hayward’s young Clara. Just promoted out of the corps de ballet, Hayward has bright, spontaneous stage presence, with a sense of wonder at her enchanted journey.  

  6. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance - Strange Blooms - Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 4 December 2013Performance 3 & 4 December 2013

    While Strange Blooms is part of an ambitious new phase for Jeyasingh, it doesn’t see the full blossoming of her choreographic imagination.  

  7. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance - Strange Blooms - Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review 4Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 4 December 2013Performance 3 & 4 December 2013

    The dancers wrap around each other with intense focus. There’s a sense of confrontation as the dancers stretch and grow, following different rhythms within a single grouping. Hand patterns and deep pliés suggest Jeyasingh’s classical roots, with contemporary weigh… 

  8. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance -  Avatara Ayuso & company in  'Strange Blooms'
Photo: John Ross

    Review: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance - Strange Blooms - Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Lise Smith, Wednesday 4 December 2013 — Performance: 3 & 4 December 2013

    Jeyasingh’s new creation, 'Strange Blooms', is a work of strange beauty that once again sees the choreographer resist easy categorization... Continue Reading

  9. Hagit Yakira Dance -  '...in the middle with you'

    Review: Hagit Yakira Dance - ...in the middle with you - Laban Theatre

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 3 December 2013 — Performance: 21 November 2013 1 Comment

    - a sophisticated, fluid and coherent work that through exciting teamwork & meaningful interactions illustrates that being in the middle with Hagit Yakira is anything but boring. Continue Reading

  10. Harlequin Floors' Mark Rasmussen with Dance UK's Erin Sanchez, 29 November 2013.

    News: Second NHS Dance Injury clinic to open in Birmingham

    Tuesday 3 December 2013 by Carmel Smith

    Following the success of the first NHS specialist dance injury clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, a second is to open in Birmingham – one of the biggest centres of dance in the UK. Continue Reading

  11. Rambert dancers in the Marie Rambert Studio.Photo: Hugo Glendinning

    News: Rambert - at home on the South Bank

    Tuesday 3 December 2013 by Carmel Smith

    As the company settle into their new purpose built home, there's still chance to book a place on one of many free tours, talks & classes in the next two weeks... Continue Reading

  12. Christmas presents with a dance theme 2013

    Feature: Christmas gift ideas - with a dance theme

    Tuesday 3 December 2013 by Deborah Jones

    If you haven't finished, or even started, your Christmas shopping - here's a few short cut suggestions for the dancers in your life. Or your own wish list... Continue Reading

  13. Mark Morris Dance Group 'Excursions' Photo: Nathaniel Brooks

    Review: Mark Morris Dance Group - Prog B - Sadler's Wells

    Sanjoy Roy, Tuesday 3 December 2013 — Performance: 28 & 30 November 2013

    His work can be simultaneously deep and shallow. It can be highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow all at once. Sometimes that feels liberating, and sometimes it just leaves my brow all furrowed... Continue Reading

  14. Mark Morris Dance Group - Prog B - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Sunday 1 December 2013Performance 28 & 30 November 2013

    The result is unalloyed pleasure in vividly demanding choreography which his dancers – marvels every one – present to us with that frankness of means (no posturing, no faking, no selling) which is part of Morris’s own humanity as a creator.  

  15. Mark Morris Dance Group - Prog A & B - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 1 December 2013Performance 27 November - 1 December 2013

    This is what people love about Morris’s work. He offers a sense of Arcadian possibility:… So it almost certainly reflects poorly on me when I write that there are elements of Morris’s work that I can’t quite digest. The fey, skipping men, the r… 

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