January 2007

  1. News: John Tusa

    Monday 8 January 2007

    - Managing Director of the Barbican Centre since 1995 retires this year, as the venue celebrates its 25th anniversary. He talks to the Guardian, 6 Jan 07 Continue Reading

  2. News: Honour for Candoco's founder

    Friday 5 January 2007

    Can_do_Co’s Artistic Director, Celeste Dandeker was awarded an OBE on the New Year Honours List 2007 for her outstanding contribution to Dance. She received an MBE in 1997. Early in her career as a dancer … Continue Reading

  3. Chris Wheeldon

    News: Christopher Wheeldon to form own company

    Friday 5 January 2007

    Christopher Wheeldon, the young British choreographer who has been at the forefront of the ballet world in recent years has announced that he will be forming his own company – Morphoses – named after… Continue Reading

  4. The Wind in the Willows at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 3 January 2007Performance 15 December - 8 January

    ‘Tuckett’s jaunty choreography, relying more on mime than dancing, works best when driven by their personality attributes, although the big set piece — the battle for Toad Hall — isn’t sufficiently engrossing.’  

  5. The Wind in the Willows at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 3 January 2007Performance 15 December - 8 January

    ‘It’s short, it’s sweet and it is utterly charming.’ 

  6. Ballet shoes

    News: Shortage of Specialist Shoemakers

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    Pointe shoes are made by skilled craftsmen and as they retire or change jobs it is becoming more difficult to replace them. “Ballerinas rely on familiar, tailor-made shoes, and many say that the decline in… Continue Reading

  7. English National Ballet in Alice in Wonderland at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 2 January 2007Performance 28 Dec - 7 Jan

    ‘The main problem with Derek Deane’s 1995 production is the music. It’s a Tchaikovsky patchwork, bits of which have individual merit, but they don’t add up to a convincing ballet score.’  

  8. Cirkus Cirkor & Kaleidoskop in The Mermaid at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 2 January 2007Performance 23 December - 7 January

    ‘a mix of excellent lighting, atmospheric video, polished performances, dance, humour and drama, all set against modern-looking designs that subtly evoke both the oceans and the mortal realm.’  

  9. Simone Clarke

    News: ENB dancer in political row

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    The English National Ballet are facing calls to sack one of their principal dancers, Simone Clarke, after she defended her support for the British National party in an interview. Clarke has defied criticism and … Continue Reading

  10. What Malcolm Fraser's new building for the Scottish Ballet will look like

    News: Malcolm Fraser

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    - is the architect of Dance Base in Edinburgh, Dance City in Newcastle, and now the designer for Scottish Ballet’s new building in Glasgow. Dominic Bradbury talks to him about his latest commision, “… Continue Reading

  11. News: dance holidays

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    Don’t let the post-festive blues get you down…. Go on holiday and learn a new dance style all at the same time. Ian White, Sun.Independent, 31 Dec.06 Continue Reading

  12. News: Steven McRae

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    Steven McRae joined the Royal Ballet in 2004. According to Clement Crisp he is one to look out for in 2007, “There is a vitality of spirit, of imagination, that marks his every role.” Read more in, F… Continue Reading

  13. News: The best of 2006

    Tuesday 2 January 2007

    The critics look back at the highlights of last year. Sarah Crompton highlights, what was for her, the best of 2006 on stage and television, “By far the biggest dance sensation of 2006 was its unlikely suc… Continue Reading

  14. The Wind in the Willows at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 2 January 2007Performance 15 December - 8 January

    ‘Choreographer William Tuckett has amply realised this English myth in his charming production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s tale.’  

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