August 2007

  1. The Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Katie Columbus, The Stage, Friday 10 August 2007Performance 6 - 8 Aug 07

    ‘Who would have thought a dancer would make a better gladiator than Russell Crowe? But of course, if anyone in the ballet world can do it, Carlos Acosta can. Playing the role of Spartacus, Thracian leader of the Gladiators and attempted usurper of the Roman army, h… 

  2. The Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Flanders, Guardian, Friday 10 August 2007Performance 30 Jul - 1 & 15 Aug 07

    ‘…The Bolshoi has staged what it hopes is the nearest possible recreation of the 1899 version of the ballet extravaganza Le Corsaire. And seeing it, it is immediately clear that this is precisely what nineteenth-century audiences were seeing – and lovin… 

  3. The Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 10 August 2007Performance 9-11 August 07

    ‘…The pair (Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev) are the hotly tipped Bolshoi stars of this year’s visit, and while they lack the finesse and maturity of some of the company’s principal dancers, the two soloists have a youthful exuberance that is… 

  4. Paco Peña in A Compás! To the Rhythm at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Elena Seymenliyska, Telegraph, Thursday 9 August 2007Performance 7 - 12 Aug 07

    ‘Is there anything more alien to the British way of life than flamenco? The overt sexuality, the earnest expressions, the self-congratulatory hand-clapping, not to mention the almighty foot-stomping – it’s just not cricket, is it? And yet, perhaps for t… 

  5. The Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Thursday 9 August 2007Performance 6 - 8 Aug 07

    …‘Returned to London on Monday night, Spartacus seemed more convincing than it has for years. This is in no small part because of Carlos Acosta, a guest who brings to the slave-leader a physical power and emotional veracity that recall those great first inter… 

  6. Paco Peña in A Compás! To the Rhythm at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Thursday 9 August 2007Performance 7 - 12 Aug 07

    ‘Peña’s guitar playing is so sweet and subtle, so accomplished and true, it somehow sounds like we feel. Part of the reason is simply that Peña is so accomplished, and part is his low-key stage presence. Not for him the flamboyant style of some flamenco … 

  7. Dreaming-Now
Akademi
Trafalgar Square Festival
3 - 5 August 07
Photo: Hayley Madden

    Trafalgar Square Festival

    Thursday 9 August 2007

    This year’s Trafalgar Square Festival takes inspiration from the Mayor of London’s India Now season, with three weeks of breathtaking outdoor dance, theatre and spectacle, designed to illustrate the … Continue Reading

  8. The Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 8 August 2007Performance 6 - 8 Aug 07

    ‘Cuban Carlos Acosta has spent a month rehearsing with the company to take on this role, an epic test of stamina in so many ways. He has performed in Moscow; now he brings his interpretation to London. And he triumphs…’ ‘Acosta’s unique skil… 

  9. The Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 8 August 2007Performance 6 - 8 Aug 07

    ‘Since the ballet was created in 1968 no western dancer had ever performed it with the company. So it is a sign of changing cultural politics that Carlos Acosta was not only recently granted the honour, but that when he made his debut in the role in Moscow he re… 

  10. Paco Peña in A Compás! To the Rhythm at Sadler's Wells

    Shadi Khoroushi, Wednesday 8 August 2007 — Performance: 7 - 12 Aug 07

    Recognising Paco Peña‘s silhouette, clasping his guitar close to his chest as the artists walked on to the darkened stage at Sadler’s Wells, felt so reassuring, almost like a security blanket. You k… Continue Reading

  11. The Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 8 August 2007Performance 6 - 8 Aug 07

    ****‘Spartacus needs a heroic dancer, so who better than Carlos Acosta, guest starring with the Bolshoi Ballet at the Coliseum this week (you can see him again tonight). His red-blooded gladiator restores the ballet’s credibility, something it lacked the last… 

  12. Peter-Schaufuss, Satisfaction
Apollo Theatre, W1 29 August - 8 September 07

    Schaufuss' Satisfaction hits the Apollo

    Wednesday 8 August 2007

    Danish choreographer Peter Schaufuss‘ latest dance show *Satisfaction* comes to the Apollo Theatre using the Rolling Stones greatest hits as a backdrop. Satisfaction will run from 29 August – 8 Septe… Continue Reading

  13. The Bolshoi Ballet in La Bayadere at The London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 7 August 2007Performance 2 - 4 Aug 07

    ‘..The years have minimised that contrast, but, even so, Yury Grigorovich’s staging of La Bayadère, which returned on Thursday in the Bolshoi season, invites highly charged dramatics, reminiscent of silent cinema emoting and of photographs of such exotic Bol… 

  14. Ballet Boyz in Ballet for the People at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent, Tuesday 7 August 2007Performance 14 & 15 Jul 07

    ‘ “It was turkey farming for us if it all went pear-shaped,” says William Trevitt, one half of the Ballet Boyz, recalling the moment, six years ago, when he and his best friend and fellow Royal Ballet alumnus Michael Nunn took the plunge and launched th… 

  15. New Adventures in The Car Man at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Times, Tuesday 7 August 2007Performance 10 Jul - 5 Aug 07

    ‘Time and again in The Car Man, you are struck by the effectiveness of his filmic technique; by the intercutting of scenes, the swift flow of narrative action. This is not his achievement alone, but a co-creation – like most of the other big successes –… 

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