September 2006

  1. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 11 September 2006Performance 5 Sep

    ‘Alonso has created a clear national style: you see the same qualities in very different dancers.’  

  2. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 11 September 2006Performance 5 Sep

    ‘The couple’s final allegro saw Carreno flip Valdes high into the air, break her fall on the nape of his neck and swing her into a fish dive. This was more than a circus act. It had the 22-carat gleam of artistry.’ 

  3. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 11 September 2006Performance 5 Sep

    ‘The women are good, but the men are terrific, applying a cool machismo to Alonso’s steps and gilding every sequence with a scintillating finish.’ 

  4. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 11 September 2006Performance 5 Sep

    ‘As one glittering effect is slammed down on top of the next, much of the grandeur, the gorgeousness, and even the comedy gets squeezed from the ballet.’  

  5. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 11 September 2006Performance 5 Sep

    ‘The Cubans have definitely got the performers, and they always take to the stage with real joy — but everything about the production conspires to obscure their talents. ‘ 

  6. The Place Prize at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place

    Lindsey Clarke, Friday 8 September 2006 — Performance:

    Place Prize previews Mark Bruce Bad History Mark Bruce knows how to translate contemporary guitar music into movement. Laila Diallo performs a juddering, shaking, pulsating abandon that embodies the thrashing gu… Continue Reading

  7. The Place Prize at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place

    Lindsey Clarke, Friday 8 September 2006 — Performance:

    Place Prize previews The Place Prize is the dance equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize: credible, sexy and focusing only on the creative product; “the music on the album” or, in this case, the new c… Continue Reading

  8. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 6 September 2006 — Performance: 5 Sep

    This time last year, queues stretched around the block for returns to see the Cuban National Ballet, which had been absent from London for 20 years. After only a twelve-month intermission, demand has noticeably … Continue Reading

  9. Judson Laipply on youtube.com

    Evolution of Dance

    Wednesday 6 September 2006

    A six minute dance routine by American comedian Judson Laipply has been viewed over 32 million times on youtube.com. As its called the Evolution of Dance, its a bit disappointing to find its starting point is th… Continue Reading

  10. Sight and sound

    Wednesday 6 September 2006

    Scientists at University College London have found neurological explanations for why we find artforms which mix music and visual imagery particularly appeal. Speaking at the British Association this week Dr Jami… Continue Reading

  11. The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Wednesday 6 September 2006

    Next time you’re enjoying a night out at the ballet, spare a thought for the dancers feet. Horror stories from inside the shoes of Northern Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet & the Ballet Boyz in … Continue Reading

  12. Gadaffi the Urban Myth

    Wednesday 6 September 2006

    Gadaffi the Urban Myth – the latest English National Opera (ENO) production opens this week at the Coliseum. Music is by the Asian Dub Foundation and choreography by Hakeem Onibudo – founder of hip h… Continue Reading

  13. Genée International Ballet Competition winners 2006
Photo: Conrad Dy-Liacco

    Genée International Ballet Competition

    Monday 4 September 2006

    The Final of the Genée International Ballet Competition, staged by the Royal Academy of Dance, was held in Hong Kong this week. Names to watch for in the future include 18 year old Italian Valentino Zucchetti,… Continue Reading

  14. Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Don Quixote at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 4 September 2006Performance

    ‘Rambling and episodic, ponderously reliant on stage effects, it seemed to abandon all the modernist principles which illuminate the choreographer’s earlier work.’ 

  15. General at Edinburgh Festival

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Independent on Sunday, Monday 4 September 2006Performance

    ‘One of the problems with the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe is an effect that I like to call “aesthetic composting”. ‘ 

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