December 2008

  1. Miss High Leg Kick and Boogaloo Stu in School of Dance at Pit Rehearsal Room, Barbican

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 9 December 2008Performance 3-20 Dec 2008

    ‘it was only a matter of time before someone dreamt up a droll riposte to Strictly. The Barbican has got there first with School of Dance’ 

  2. English National Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 9 December 2008Performance 3-14 Dec 2008

    ‘Kenneth MacMillan’s production creates a rich fairy-tale world, full of vivid moments. If you want Christmas ballet, with tutus and lavish scenery, this is lovely. If you want a faithful, intelligent staging of a 19th-century classic, here it is, too.’  

  3. English National Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Monday 8 December 2008 — Performance: 3-14 Dec 2008

    Performance: 5 Dec 08 At the end of a weary week, there was not much about the Prologue (Aurora’s christening) that improved upon my mood. As always, the impending themes of evil and good that resonate thr… Continue Reading

  4. New Adventures in Edward Scissorhands at New Wimbledon Theatre

    Natalia Okeke, Monday 8 December 2008 — Performance: 25/11/08

    A vivid exploration between fantasy and reality, right and wrong and the struggle for acceptance, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands perfectly reflects Tim Burton’s magical classic. From the outset… Continue Reading

  5. Royston Maldoom in Overture 2012 at Royal Albert Hall

    Louise Kelsey, Sunday 7 December 2008 — Performance: Nov 08

    The beautifully rich sound of a London Symphony Orchestra cello chillingly opened Overture 2012 by choreographer Royston Maldoom. Beneath an equally unsettling blue glow of light that escaped across the stage, i… Continue Reading

  6. Destino Christmas gift

    Friday 5 December 2008

    DESTINO is a spectacular production bringing together professional and non-professional dancers. DESTINO brings to the stage brand new commissions from international choreographers, Russell Maliphant and Hofesh… Continue Reading

  7. Royal Ballet in Ondine at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Thursday 4 December 2008 — Performance: 29 Nov - 6 Dec 08

    An ondine (or, more literally, an undine) is a fantasy water-spirit. Mythology has it that the ondine has no soul until she marries a mortal and bears a human child. This story became the basis for Frederick Ash… Continue Reading

  8. The Cultural Metropolis

    Wednesday 3 December 2008

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has published a paper Cultural Metropolis – The Mayor’s Priorities for Culture 2009 – 2012. He introduces it saying “It is our job to encourage all manne… Continue Reading

  9. Adam Cooper

    Wednesday 3 December 2008

    He’s the choreographer for new London production of Carousel, director and choreographer for the Christmas show at the new Curve Theatre, Leicester and also planning a new show, Shall we Dance? which he… Continue Reading

  10. Theatre Museum move north cancelled

    Wednesday 3 December 2008

    When the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden closed, there were plans to move the collection to Blackpool. The Victoria and Albert Museum, who own the collection, have announced that the move will no longer happen. … Continue Reading

  11. Royal Ballet in Ondine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 3 December 2008Performance 29 Nov - 6 Dec 08

    ‘In performance, Ondine needs all the help it can get. On this first night, the Royal Ballet wasn’t doing much for it.’ 

  12. Royal Ballet in Ondine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 3 December 2008Performance 29 Nov - 6 Dec 08

    ‘Ondine, originally created as a showcase for Margot Fonteyn, is a ballet usually dominated by its heroine, but for the opening of this season’s revival, it is Edward Watson, dancing the love interest Palemon, who causes a stir.’ 

  13. Carousel at Savoy Theatre

    Press Review Michael Bilington, Guardian, Wednesday 3 December 2008Performance booking to July 09

    ‘At their best, [Adam] Cooper’s dance routines create a real community in which the fishermen and their womenfolk engage in a vigorous mating-ritual on their way to and from the clambake.’  

  14. My Friend Robert

    Tuesday 2 December 2008

    Tavaziva Dance’s spring programme includes a new work by choreographer and director Bawren Tavaziva about his early years growing up in Zimbabwe under the now notorious dictator, Robert Mugabe. Tavazivaspe… Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in Ondine at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 2 December 2008Performance 29 Nov - 6 Dec 08

    ‘Aqueous imagery is everywhere in the choreography, literally and figuratively, especially in the rippling arm movements, the darting feet and that adorable fountain tableau in Act I. So, too, is a dramatic passion inspired, no doubt, by Ashton’s original … 


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