January 2014

  1. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Siobhan Murphy, Metro, Monday 20 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    But when Albrecht’s duplicity is revealed, Osipova’s interpretation takes flight: the wired enthusiasm of before means her sudden plunge into suicidal madness makes sense; her anguish and the moment she hits Acosta’s embrace… are incredibly moving.  

  2. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 20 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    The Royal Ballet looks energised by its new star, with a strong company performance around her. Acosta partners her with devoted care, and responds to her dazzling dancing with renewed sharpness and attack of his own.  

  3. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 20 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    Giselle as one of the finest flowers of the Romantic ballet, or Giselle as irresistible vehicle for a ballerina? On Saturday night this dichotomy seemed more cussed than usual since Natalya Osipova was the Giselle… 

  4. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Sunday 19 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    By the time Osipova’s Giselle makes her desperately moving departure – retreating into the morning mist with such delicacy that she genuinely seems to dissolve into it – you know you have been in the presence of greatness.  

  5. Royal Ballet - Giselle - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Sunday 19 January 2014Performance In rep 18 January - 10 February 2014

    Right from the start, Osipova establishes her character as doomed… and even when she’s able to release her feelings in dance, the speed and buoyancy of her execution read less as the technical marvels they are than as a rush of artless fevered emotion.  

  6. Compagnie Non Nova/Phia Ménard - L’Apres-Midi D'Un Foehn/ Vortex - Platform Theatre

    Press Review Neil Norman, Express, Friday 17 January 2014Performance 8 - 11 January 2014

    The audience becomes awed as image piles on image, including an enormous whirling mass of plastic entrails. It is the best use of the derided plastic bag I have ever seen. Alternative recycling starts here.  

  7. Resolution! 2014 - Anything Goes Collective/James Finnemore/Léa Tirabasso

    Press Review 3Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 15 January 2014Performance 14 Jan - Resolution! continues until 14 Feb

    It is haunting, difficult, and beautifully danced by Pauline Raineri, Mikael Orozco, Finnemore and Léa Tirabasso. Only when it had finished did I realise that the choreographer works with Hofesh Shechter, which goes some way to explaining the precision he exhibits.  

  8. Resolution! 2014 - Anything Goes Collective/James Finnemore/Léa Tirabasso

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 15 January 2014Performance 14 Jan - Resolution! continues until 14 Feb

    Resolution functions as the most benign possible support system for new dance… allowing many their first chance to test themselves in public… Two of the three works on opening night are at an embryonic stage… But Finnemore… is a choreographer to watch. 

  9. Siobhan Davies Dance -Table of Contents - ICA

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 13 January 2014Performance 8 - 19 January 2014

    …it’s the item that comes closest to a conventional performance, Andrea Buckley’s movingly detailed meditation on the anatomy and imagery of the human heart, that lingers longest in my memory and imagination.  

  10. English National Ballet's Esteban Berlanga Max Westwell & Junor Souza in 'Le Corsaire'. Photo: Guy Farrow

    English National Ballet - Le Corsaire - London Coliseum

    Sanjoy Roy, Monday 13 January 2014 — Performance: 9 - 19 January 2014

    Best not think too much about the plot. Better to imagine yourself bedding down on the sofa for a kitsch old movie that mixes Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling, Rudolf Valentino allure & Cecil B de Mille spectacle... Continue Reading

  11. From top left, clockwise: Ishimwa Dance Company (photo: John Pridmore), Eliot Smith Company, David Walker (Photo: Been Jammin' Entertainment), Elena Jacinta (Photo: Katrina De Rycke).

    Here comes Resolution! 2014

    Monday 13 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

    "The title itself is about a sense of renewal, the history is important, but it’s all about potential for the future" says The Place's Eddie Nixon, as the 25th edition of the annual platform … Continue Reading

  12. Siobhan Davies Dance - Table of Contents - ICA

    Press Review 4Siobhan Murphy, Metro, Monday 13 January 2014Performance 8 - 19 January 2014

    For her new collaborative piece, staged in the ICA’s gallery, she interrogates just how we remember and retain such an ephemeral art form as dance. While the concept may sound dry, the results are engaging.  

  13. London International Mime Festival - Compagnie Non Nova

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 13 January 2014Performance 8 - 11 January 2014

    The first piece, L’Après Midi d’un Foehn, is astounding in its simplicity…Much of the pleasure is reflexive. Watching ourselves being transported by plastic bags. Seeing just how easily these despised byproducts of consumer culture can be invested with a… 

  14. English National Ballet - Le Corsaire - London Coliseum

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp , Financial Times, Sunday 12 January 2014Performance 9 - 19 January 2014

    …the production is a roaring, madcap success, and Thursday’s audience rejoiced in Alina Cojocaru’s delicious view of the heroine, Medora, and in Shiori Kase’s sweetly danced account of Gulnare, darling of the harem.  

  15. Fuertzabruta - Roundhouse

    Press Review 4Louise Levene, Telegraph, Saturday 11 January 2014Performance 23 December - 2 March 2014

    Great walls of silver foil give way to a giant treadmill or to the troupe’s exquisite signature piece, in which the crowd are trapped beneath a vast Perspex paddling pool while a quartet of body-surfing beauties cavort above their heads, like mermaids flirting with a… 

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