June 2014

  1. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 3Louise Levene, Financial Times, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    A mature Juliet can still touch your heart but Romeo’s juicy youth is the direct physical equivalent of the play’s poetry. Acosta, who has announced his intention to retire in 2016, has understandably switched into energy-saving mode. There were flashes of the old br… 

  2. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 4Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 18 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    From the first, Rojo establishes Juliet as a creature of opposing tensions. In Act 1, she shows us her innocence, but also her newly aroused curiosity. She deploys stillness to great effect, firstly when she sees Romeo at the ball, and in that moment, sheds her childhood… 

  3. 'The Roof'. Photo: Helen Maybanks

    Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg - The Roof - Doon Street carpark

    Lara Hayward, Tuesday 17 June 2014 — Performance: 22 May - 28 June 2014

    Bruce Lee’s saying “Man must constantly exceed his level” is a very deliberate choice as part of the intro text to The Roof (playing at Doon Street Car Park as part of the LIFT Festival until 28 June). I… Continue Reading

  4. Akram Khan Company 'iTMoi' Photo: JLouisFernandez

    Akram Khan Company - iTMOi - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 17 June 2014 — Performance: 10 - 14 June 2014

    Akram Khan’s tribute to The Rite of Spring, commissioned to celebrate its centenary in 2013, has made a quick return to Sadler’s Wells, almost exactly one year on. It marks a significant new direction for … Continue Reading

  5. Honours for dance

    Monday 16 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    Choreographers Michael Clark and Rosemary Butcher and dancer Namron Yarrum received awards in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list. Continue Reading

  6. Northern Ballet Northern Ballet Graduate Professional Programme dancers - Alice Bayston, Filippo Di Vilio, Kiara Flavin & Dominique Larose. Photo: Martin Bell

    Joiners and leavers at Northern Ballet

    Monday 16 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    There are new faces at Leeds based Northern Ballet this summer, several from the Company's pioneeing Graduate Professional Programme – as well as promotions for existing company members. Continue Reading

  7. Deborah Light 'Hide' Photo: John Collingswood

    Deborah Light - Hide - The Place

    Samantha Whitaker, Monday 16 June 2014 — Performance: 13 June 2014

    Cardiff-based dance artist & choreographer Deborah Light pulls together a high-calibre trio of performers JoFong, Eddie Ladd & Rosalind Haf Brooks to collaborate on a bold new work... Continue Reading

  8. Rehearsals for Jorge Crecis' 'Through and Out', Greenwich Dance. Photo: Danilo Moroni

    Big Dance weekend receives Exceptional Award of £344,780 from Arts Council England

    Monday 16 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    The Foundation for Community Dance has received an Exceptional Award of £344,780 from Arts Council England for The Big Dance Weekend, 12 & 13 July 2014 – an extensive programme of specially commissioned d… Continue Reading

  9. Steven McRae. Photo: Andrej Uspenski

    Steven McRae - Dancer in the Fast Lane

    Sunday 15 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

    The Australian born Royal Ballet Principal is the subject of a new book of photos by Andrej Uspenski -and we have two copies to win! Continue Reading

  10. Bad Boys of Dance 'Rock the Ballet'

    Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Graham Watts, Friday 13 June 2014 — Performance: 10 - 28 June 2014

    There is not a glimmer of pretension about this show being high-brow. It is what it says on the tin: let’s Rock the Ballet by dancing to pop music - ...excellently paced & structured. Continue Reading

  11. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The same material is recycled into routines that vary only marginally in response to their music, or to the emerging boy-meets girl narrative. This links Canterna and partner James Boyd in some intense eye-locking and violently bendy duets, and reduces the other men to t… 

  12. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 1ZOË ANDERSON, Independent, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    There’s a slight improvement in the second half, when the dancers give up on the unison shuffling and stick to the flashy bits. The jumps, turns and hip hop spins are efficient. Even so, Rock the Ballet isn’t just a failure as dance, it’s a letdown as cheesy pop fun. 

  13. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The numbers are big on gymnastic displays of strength and flexibility. It’s technically impressive but one-dimensional and only lead dancer James Boyd has the combustive energy to really bring things alive. Generally the emotions on show here are about as genuine as th… 

  14. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 3Sarah Frater, The Stage, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    Their [Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta] commitment, professionalism and charisma remain strong, and even if Acosta lacks the pin-perfect technique of his youth, his acting and artistry more than convince of Romeo’s dilemma. Rojo, too, is faultless as the headstrong Julie… 

  15. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    In Deane’s take everything has to be bigger and broader to fill the vast venue. The recipe is bold patterns and strength in numbers, scores of busy feet, skirts and props all tugging at your attention. (I missed the moment Romeo and Juliet’s eyes met because I was di… 

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