October 2016

  1. Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'The Tempest'. Photo: Bill Cooper

    Birmingham Royal Ballet - Shakespeare Triple Bill & The Tempest - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 14 October 2016 — Performance: 11 - 15 October 2016

    The Bard has been liberally celebrated across the world in this year that marks the 400th anniversary of his death and Birmingham Royal Ballet – perhaps mindful of their closer proximity to Stratford-upon-A… Continue Reading

  2. Dimitris Papaioannou's 'Primal Matter'.  Photo: Nikos Nikolopoulos

    Dimitris Papaioannou – Primal Matter - Old Truman Brewery - part of Dance Umbrella

    Siobhan Murphy, Friday 14 October 2016 — Performance: 12 - 14 October 2016

    Watching this is a bit like spying on Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory and finding it has been taken over by Jacques Tati...often playful, sometimes poignant, occasionally disturbing. Continue Reading

  3. Melanie Clark

    Meet the teacher - Melanie Clark

    Friday 14 October 2016

    Melanie teaches contemporary and ballet at City Academy. "When people leave the class feeling better than when they came in – that’s what makes it worth it!" Continue Reading

  4. Jerome Bel - Gala. Photo: Josefina Tommasi

    Jérôme Bel - Gala - Bernie Grant Arts Centre & touring - part of Dance Umbrella

    Rachel Elderkin, Thursday 13 October 2016 — Performance: 10 & 11 October 2016

    "If you get the chance, go and experience it - for the pure enjoyment" - catch this Dance Umbrella show at Tate Tanks (Sat) and Sadler's Wells (next Tue & Wed) Continue Reading

  5. James Keegan and Michael Flatley dancers.
Photo: Brian Doherty

    Michael Flatley opens new Dance Academy in London

    Wednesday 12 October 2016 by Jobeda Khanum

    Classes are taking place in Barking, Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Islington, Kew, Morden, Staines, Wandsworth, Wimbleon and Woking - for all ages and abilities. A new term will start in January, but it is also … Continue Reading

  6. Arch 8 Dancers - 'Tetris' Dance Umbrella 2016. Photo: Anna Van Kooij

    Arch 8 Dancers - Tetris - part of Dance Umbrella 2016

    Katherine Colombus , Wednesday 12 October 2016 — Performance: 8 - 22 October 2016

    Using Tetris as the starting point for a piece of contemporary dance seems like a simple idea. A series of blocks falling, reacting to space and locking into interconnecting shapes, stacks and patterns makes for … Continue Reading

  7. Michael Clark Company, to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song. Patti Smith, 'LAND', Harry Alexander &  Jordan James Bridge. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

    Michael Clark Company - to a simple rock ’n’ roll… song - Barbican Theatre

    Sanjoy Roy, Tuesday 11 October 2016 — Performance: 6 - 15 October 2016

    You can take the boy out of ballet school, but you can’t take the ballet school out of the boy. At least, not when that boy is Michael Clark... Continue Reading

  8. Compass Commissions. Tara D'Arquian's 'In Situ'. Photo: Chris Nash

    Compass Commissions 2016

    Monday 10 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

    The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership is inviting UK-based dance artists to apply for the fourth year of its flagship commissioning scheme. The deadline is 21 October... Continue Reading

  9. Michael Clark Company - to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, Monday 10 October 2016Performance 6 - 15 October 2016

    "Michael Clark has perhaps the most useful attribute that any artist of any kind can have: he is incapable of being boring, fundamental to which is that he is the most ruthless self-editor...Clark himself making a typically witty cameo, the ghost of Cunningham also r… 

  10. Michael Clark Company - to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Monday 10 October 2016Performance 6 - 15 October 2016

    "But as a choreographer he’s always been a perfectionist, and even at his most superficially deviant it’s always been the small details – the quixotic angling of the head, the strict placing of the feet, the contrapuntal torsion through the body &nd… 

  11. Michael Clark Company - to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Zoë Anderson, The Independent, Monday 10 October 2016Performance 6 - 15 October 2016

    Michael Clark, who made his name with post-punk excess, has matured into stark, strange rigour. His new work, to a simple rock’n’roll… song is a dance of otherworldly precision, flowering into moments of warmth – particularly in its tribute to Dav… 

  12. CCN - Ballet de Lorraine – 'Unknown Pleasures'. Dance Umbrella 2016. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    CCN - Ballet de Lorraine – Unknown Pleasures - Sadler's Wells - part of Dance Umbrella 2016

    Siobhan Murphy, Monday 10 October 2016 — Performance: 7 & 8 October 2016

    Does it matter who created them? I’d have got more out of individual pieces if I’d known the authorial voice. But the anonymity doesn’t detract & the Ballet de Lorraine dancers show immense … Continue Reading

  13. TAO '8' Photo: Zhang Shengbin

    TAO Dance Theater – 6 & 8 – Sadler’s Wells

    Siobhan Murphy, Thursday 6 October 2016 — Performance: 3 & 4 October 2016

    Your mind starts seeing all sorts of things in the austere calligraphy of Tao’s choreography...It’s poetry in motion, and completely enchanting.  Continue Reading

  14. Avant Garde Dance - Fagin's Twist - The Place

    Press Review 4Rachel Elderkin, The Stage, Wednesday 5 October 2016Performance 28 September - 15 October 2016

    From pickpocketing scenes to fights filled with dives and airborne rotations, Adigun’s choreography pulses with energy. It’s brought to life by a cast that act and dance with every ounce of their being, together evoking the dark heart of Dickensian London. 

  15. Avant Garde Dance - Fagin's Twist - The Place

    Press Review 3Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian, Wednesday 5 October 2016Performance 28 September - 15 October 2016

    Adigun also uses hip-hop’s taut formations and face-offs to suggest close-knit gangs and the tensions within them. 

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