February 2014

  1. Hubert Essakow - Ignis - Print Room

    Press Review 4Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 14 February 2014Performance 8 February - 1 March 2014

    Dance is deftly interwoven with speech, sound and set. The floor and the back wall are dimly reflective, so we see the action and, as if through a glass darkly, the ghosts that haunt it. The dancers echo fragments of Kestelman’s spoken poetry, bringing them alive… 

  2. Dancers should be 'pushed to the limit' - say Dames Beryl Grey & Gillian Lynne

    Friday 14 February 2014 by Deborah Jones

    A few days after Natalia Osipova suffered concussion performing in Wayne McGregor's new work at the Opera House stage comes a suggestion that today's dancers don't work as hard as their predecessors.. Continue Reading

  3. Some of the 'Big Ballet' participants. Photo courtesy Channel 4

    Inspired by Big Ballet?

    Friday 14 February 2014 by Carmel Smith

    If you'd like to try a ballet class, but aren't sure where to start, here's a selection of places across London where you'll be sure of a welcome... Continue Reading

  4. Cuban Fury

    Nick Frost’s 'Cuban Fury' new Salsa film

    Friday 14 February 2014 by Deborah Jones

    'Real Men Dance' is the tagline for comedian Nick Frost's new romantic comedy which celebrates Salsa and 'lumps who can dance'. Continue Reading

  5. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - 1980 - A Piece by Pina Bausch - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Neil Norman, Express, Friday 14 February 2014Performance 7 - 16 February 2014

    The drifting elegance, the palpable sense of ennui recalls the detached, opaque atmosphere of Resnais’ Last Year in Marienbad. The humorous antics and words owe a debt to the Surrealists. But the whole is emphatically Bausch…  

  6. McOnie Company - Katy Lowenhoff as Gin & Simon Hardwick as Tonic  in 'Drunk'. Photo: Marc Hankins

    McOnie Company - Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

    Graham Watts, Friday 14 February 2014 — Performance: 5 February - 1 March 2014

    Drew McOnie’s quest to reinvent the genre of musical theatre choreography has enjoyed a tremendous opening gambit. Go see it, if you can. Continue Reading

  7. Probe - Running on Empty - Soho Theatre

    Press Review Neil Norman, Stage, Wednesday 12 February 2014Performance 4 - 16 February 2014

    …there is the germ of a good idea, but it requires a much firmer hand to bring the components together into a satisfying whole. While the three performers demonstrate admirable commitment…it is energy squandered.  

  8. Hubert Essakow - Ignis - Print Room

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Stage, Wednesday 12 February 2014Performance 8 February - 1 March 2014

    The small-scale Print Room is a suitably intimate venue for a dance work about love. The audience is up close to the four performers – two men and two women – and there is a powerful theatrical ambiguity about the mesh of emotions involved.  

  9. Ballet 'could and should be much, much bigger'

    Tuesday 11 February 2014 by Carmel Smith

    - the Guardian's Deborah Orr says everyone, whatever their size, age, or gender 'should have access to classical ballet as a means of enjoyment and exercise' Continue Reading

  10. 'The Merchants of Bollywood'. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    The Merchants of Bollywood - Peacock Theatre

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 11 February 2014 — Performance: 28 January - 15 February 2014

    If you are looking for a fun show to round off an office party then this show should fit the bill nicely. It is raucously loud, garishly colourful and full to the brim with rousing ensemble dance numbers..  Continue Reading

  11. Antonia Grove in Probe's 'Running on Empty'

    Probe - Running on Empty - Soho Theatre

    Lara Hayward, Tuesday 11 February 2014 — Performance: 4 - 16 February 2014

    Working with a very talented group of collaborators, Antonia Grove's latest work is authentic and ambitious...  Continue Reading

  12. Royal Ballet - Rhapsody / Tetractys – The Art of Fugue / Gloria - Royal Opera House

    Press Review Neil Norman, Stage, Monday 10 February 2014Performance 7, 8, 11, 13, 15 February 2014

    Francesca Hayward is clearly a name to watch, her dancing in Rhapsody full of charm and airy lightness and she is ably partnered by James Hay whose solo work displays a pliant suppleness that is very attractive.  

  13. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - 1980 - A Piece by Pina Bausch - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Stage, Monday 10 February 2014Performance 7 - 16 February 2014

    And 1980 is almost certainly ‘about’ childhood. This being Bausch, the theme is only hinted at, but the games, playfulness, and terrors of children are all there, as is the acknowledgement that they are carried into adulthood. A powerful performance.  

  14. Tanzttheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch '1980 - A Piece by Pina Bausch'. Photo Ulli Weiss

    Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - 1980 - A Piece by Pina Bausch - Sadler's Wells

    Josephine Leask, Monday 10 February 2014 — Performance: 7 - 16 February 2014

    Childhood, its celebration and loss is a theme of '1980 – A Piece by Pina Bausch' and it triggers waves of nostalgia... Continue Reading

  15. McOnie Company - Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

    Press Review Katie Columbus, The Stage, Monday 10 February 2014Performance 5 February - 1 March 2014

    There are few people that Drunk won’t appeal to, focused as it is on the subject of booze. But this isn’t just a cheap shot at populism. Former Matthew Bourne dancer and musical theatre choreographer Drew McOnie proves that sophisticated choreography, a multi-layer… 

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