April 2013

  1. The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 21 April 2013Performance 17 - 21 April 2013

    Ratmansky, in other words, gives us mises en scène upon which to meditate, rather than a drama in which to lose ourselves. This will appeal to some audience members more than others, but then that’s true of most of his work. Unpredictability is all.  

  2. English National Ballet - Ecstasy and Death - London Coliseum

    Press Review , , Sunday 21 April 2013Performance

    But the only masterpiece of the evening was Le jeune homme et la mort, with Nicolas Le Riche, superlative guest from the Paris Opéra, as the Young Man, and Tamara Rojo as the Woman who is Death.  

  3. Royal Ballet - Mayerling - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Saturday 20 April 2013Performance in rep until 15 June 2013

    As each scene unfolds, each dancer not only notes every detail of their part, but performs each nuance of MacMillan’s staggering, expressive choreography to the very best of their ability. Every scene comes to vivid life  

  4. English National Ballet -  Bridgett Zehr and Nathan Young in 'Petite Mort' Photo: John Ross

    English National Ballet - Ecstasy and Death - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Saturday 20 April 2013 — Performance: 18 - 21 April 2013

    Rojo has nailed her colours to the mast of sexy, exciting, challenging ballet, pledging to programme work from world-renowned choreographers who have been overlooked in this country until now...  Continue Reading

  5. National Ballet of Canada 'Romeo & Juliet' Heather Ogden & Guillaume Cote. Photo: John Ross

    The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 19 April 2013 — Performance: 17 - 21 April 2013

    - both successful and different, with choreography that is lyrically beautiful, if not expressionist, or particularly dramatic - and is well performed at every level throughout a fine cast. Continue Reading

  6. English National Ballet - Ecstasy and Death - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 19 April 2013Performance 18 - 21 April 2013

    In choreographic terms, Petit’s 1946 encounter between a man and a fatally beautiful siren veers close to dated and mannerism. But Le Riche powers through it to devastating existential and erotic effect.  

  7. Rick Nodine 'Dead Gig' Photo: Benedict Johnson

    The Place Prize Finals 2013

    Lise Smith, Friday 19 April 2013 — Performance: 17 - 27 April 2013

    The Place Prize may be regarded as something of a barometer for the current state of contemporary dance - it seems we are in quite a confessional place... Continue Reading

  8. The Place Prize Finals 2013

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 19 April 2013Performance 17 - 27 April 2013

    But this [Riccardo Buscarini’s ‘Athletes’] shimmeringly atmospheric meditation on emotional closeness and distance knows exactly what it’s doing, and is rendered with impressively taut, tense control by the three dancers  

  9. English National Ballet - Ecstasy and Death - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 19 April 2013Performance 18 - 21 April 2013

    In Etudes, Lander uses the structure of a ballet class, starting with barre work and building to a whizz-bang finish. The company power through it, with strong solo dancing.  

  10. English National Ballet - Ecstasy and Death - London Coliseum

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 19 April 2013Performance 18 - 21 April 2013

    Rojo has made it her mission to hold onto ENB’s traditions while moving firmly into the future. Two ballets from the Forties and one from 1991 isn’t exactly the future but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.  

  11. The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 18 April 2013Performance 17 - 21 April 2013

    Juliet (a light, bright Heather Ogden) is all recklessly fast footwork and wheeling jumps, running her nurse ragged, giddy in love. Romeo (faultlessly danced by Guillaume Côté) has a poet’s sensibility that registers in the airy drift of his arms and upper body.  

  12. The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Thursday 18 April 2013Performance 17 - 21 April 2013

    Ratmansky is such a wonderful choreographer that this stylised approach is never less than lovely, and it reaps dividends in the insightful detail it finds.  

  13. No Fit State Circus - Bianco - Roundhouse

    Press Review 3Louise Levene, Telegraph, Thursday 18 April 2013Performance 6 - 27 April 2013

    “Bianco” has a handful of memorable moments. The massed trampolining was slickly done, and hunky August Dakteris showed off his mutant ninja tummy to excellent effect in an aerial strapwork routine.  

  14. The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 18 April 2013Performance 17 - 21 April 2013

    The dancing is fresh, but his love story misses tragedy. Commissioned as part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Ratmansky’s streamlined Romeo is lighter than most.  

  15. The National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Thursday 18 April 2013Performance 17 - 21 April 2013

    The feel is rushed and breathless; it’s packed full of steps, they can’t get them out fast enough. Which gives a real sense of youthful urgency and energy and the wind brushing through your hair but also technically leaves things snatched and unfinished.  

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