October 2007

  1. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Edward II at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 16 October 2007Performance 9-13 Oct 07

    ‘Based on Christopher Marlowe’s dark, claustrophobic tragedy, it displays a level of spectacle and emotional excess more usually associated with choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan, even Bejart. It is as if Bintley were taking a holiday from his norma… 

  2. Dance Ambassador

    Tuesday 16 October 2007

    Judith Mackrell considers the options as to who could fill the Dance Ambassador’s boots…“if we were to go looking for an ambassador for British dance, the list is dispiritingly short.” R… Continue Reading

  3. Author - Julie Kavanagh in Book - Rudolf Nureyev: The Life

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 16 October 2007Performance October 2007

    ‘It is an engrossing study, sympathetic but clear-eyed, sustained by a massive amount of research. Notably it details the first 23 years spent in Russia that shaped Nureyev’s temperament.’ 

  4. Amanda Miller/Pretty Ugly Tanz Koln in Giselle - On Love And Other Difficulties at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Clare Thurman, Tuesday 16 October 2007 — Performance: 11 & 12 Oct 07

    Amanda Miller’s Giselle is performed to the original score, is based on the original story and gives reference to some memorable moments us ballet fanatics have treasured – yet it is a far cry from t… Continue Reading

  5. Amanda Miller/Pretty Ugly Tanz Koln in Giselle - On Love And Other Difficulties at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 11 & 12 Oct 07

    ‘Contrary to what you will have heard, critics would much rather rave than hiss but there’s little good to say on this Giselle. The one star is for the hapless dancers.’  

  6. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Strictly Dancing at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 9-13 Oct 07

    ‘The Birmingham dancers are neatly coached: you can see the shape of those solos, the contrasts in the choreography. What you don’t see is the fun of it all.’ 

  7. Royal Ballet in La Bayadère at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 6-27 Oct 07

    ‘For all its briskness, Natalia Makarova’s production needs more weight and momentum, but on opening night the dancing was polished and alert.’ 

  8. Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company in Shaker at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 8 Oct 07

    ‘The action is self-consciously eccentric, but the snow is marvellous. It sprays in powder clouds about the dancers’ feet, or squeaks gently as they slide through it.’ 

  9. Royal Ballet in La Bayadère at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 6-27 Oct 07

    ‘…the Royal Ballet corps is in fine form, and in the Kingdom of the Shades scene, striking arabesque after ghostly arabesque behind Yuhui Choe, was sublime.’ 

  10. Theatre Rites & Arthur Pita in Mischief at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Monday 15 October 2007Performance 6 Oct 07 & touring

    ‘… everyone involved in Mischief knows so well what he or she is doing that it seems right to deem the work touched by a kind of collective genius.’  

  11. Robert Hylton Urban Classicism in Swan Breaks at Laban

    Katie Fish, Friday 12 October 2007 — Performance: 11 Oct 07

    There is no denying that Robert Hylton’s new work, *Swan Breaks*, is a Swan Lake for our times. Hylton not only replaces the traditional ballet vocabulary with an assortment of hip hop, break dance, jazz a… Continue Reading

  12. Arthur Pita 'Mischief'

    Theatre Rites & Arthur Pita in Mischief at Peacock Theatre

    Rachel Nouchi, Friday 12 October 2007 — Performance: 6 Oct 07 & touring

    With eight performers, including the too-cool-for-school on-stage musician, Charlie Winston, strutting his stuff and filling the auditorium with rapping, jazzy sounds, Mischief i*s a ragbag of dance moves, visua… Continue Reading

  13. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Strictly Dancing at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 12 October 2007Performance 9-13 Oct 07

    ‘An opening triple bill on Tuesday brought a happy addition to the company repertory: Ashton’s Daphnis and Chloe, that brilliant, ecstatic realisation of Ravel’s ecstatic score.’ 

  14. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Edward II at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 12 October 2007 — Performance: 9-13 Oct 07

    11 October 2007 David Bintley’s Edward II is potentially a deep psychological tale of troubled royalty to rival Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling but, despite promising much, it eventually falls short of… Continue Reading

  15. Siobhan Davies Dance in Two Quartets at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 12 October 2007Performance 4 - 6 Oct 07

    ‘All the dancers are wonderful, but the dance is dense and uncommunicative; the gestures are incapable of being analysed; the music is a plodding mimicry of a classical quartet. The whole thing feels like a private exercise, too closed and internal to make it inter… 

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