December 2014

  1. ZooNation - The Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 10 December 2014Performance 9 December 2014 - 3 January 2015

    I’m not sure I have ever seen the core hip-hop dance vocabulary of locking, popping and breaking put to such vivid and varied character-driven use, and, although the boys tend to make a slightly bigger impression than the girls here, everyone dances as if their life de… 

  2. ZooNation - The Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, , Wednesday 10 December 2014Performance 9 December 2014 - 3 January 2015

    …the band are superb, the dancing is skilled, and like Ernest, who learns that “all the best people are bonkers”, we’re pretty much taken captive by the show’s party spirit. 

  3. Royal Ballet - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 10 December 2014Performance 6 December 2014 - 16 January 2015

    The two main conclusions about Wheeldon’s ballet remain: it’s stunning to look at, with eye-popping designs by Bob Crowley, but the episodic source material doesn’t provide a satisfying narrative and Wheeldon doesn’t really find a way around that. 

  4. Cris Penfold and the cast of 'The Wind in the Willows', Vaudeville Theatre.  Photo: Johan Persson.

    The Wind in the Willows - Vaudeville Theatre

    Rachel Nouchi, Wednesday 10 December 2014 — Performance: 4 December 2014 - 17 January 2015

    What makes this production so enjoyable is the ease with which it switches from the serious to the quirkily comic - as much embedded in the costume design as in the dancing and action. Continue Reading

  5. Royal Ballet - 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' Sarah Lamb as Alice ©ROH, Johan Persson, 2011.

    Royal Ballet - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Royal Opera House

    Claire Cohen, Monday 8 December 2014 — Performance: 6 December 2014 - 16 January 2015

    Performance reviewed: 6 December Is it a ballet or is it a variety show? It’s a question often asked about Christopher Wheeldon’s first full length commission for the Royal Ballet (and the company’s fi… Continue Reading

  6. Future Innovators. East London Dance (Fi.ELD)
Photo: Carmen Klammer

    Meet the third collective of Future Innovators: East London Dance (Fi.ELD)

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    Since the project began in January 2013, Fi.ELD has worked with some of the top industry leaders, developing their skills and themselves as producing artists to make their ideas happen. Continue Reading

  7. The Royal Ballet's Natalia Osipova to perform in charity gala in aid of Ukraine

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    The Bolshoi Theatre stages politically sensitive gala in support of young dancers in Kiev. Continue Reading

  8. English National Ballet's 'Swan Lake' at the London Coliseum

    Get into London Theatre

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    Theatres all over the capital will welcome in the new year by offering discounted tickets as part of Get Into London Theatre, the annual promotion that allows the public to see some of the best-loved shows in Lo… Continue Reading

  9. Dr Carine Plancke

    Research to explore role of traditional dance in 'New Rwanda'

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    New research on the role of traditional dance in creating a ‘new Rwanda’, as the country recovers from the impact of the 1994 genocide Continue Reading

  10. Parkour Dance Company 'Risk of Falling'

    Where parkour meets dance...

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Lara Hayward

    Lara Hayward went along to see the latest work being developed by Parkour Dance Company , fusing the ethos and techniques of parkour with the medium of dance... Continue Reading

  11. English National Ballet - 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary'

    The NY street dancer who became English National Opera's surprise Christmas Star

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    The identity of the ENO's unknown star who became a twitter sensation after his first performance has been revealed as 25-year-old street dancer James Davis. Continue Reading

  12. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Darshan Singh Bhuller 'Mapping'  Photo: Toni Nandi

    Phoenix Dance Theatre - Mapping / Shadows / Shift / Document - Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 8 December 2014 — Performance: 25 - 29 November 2014

    - an excellent balance of thematic relevance coupled with dramatic and choreographic variety.  Continue Reading

  13. English National Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
Photo: Amber Hunt

    Tamara Rojo: The importance of dance in schools and The Nutcracker

    Monday 8 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    Tamara Rojo has criticised the decision of former education secretary Michael Gove to cut dance from the school curriculum, and talks about the importance of The Nutcracker as a 'gateway' ballet Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Press Review 4Laura Thompson, Telegraph, Monday 8 December 2014Performance 6 December 2014 - 16 January 2015

    It is absurdist, often dark, occasionally Kafka-esque. Wheeldon does not shy away from this – the sausage-making scene in the Cook’s kitchen is straight out of Sweeney Todd, and the axe-wielding lunacy of the Queen of Hearts creates a real sense of jeopardy. 

  15. English National Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
Photo: ANnabel Moeller

    Our top picks for Christmas Gifts

    Friday 5 December 2014 by Clare Evans

    Something for all the dancers and dance lovers on your Christmas list, from elegant coffee table books to Strictly Come Dancing masks. Continue Reading

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