January 2009

  1. Cirque Du Soleil in Quidam at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 12 January 2009Performance to 8 Feb 09

    ‘It happens every year and it’s happened again. I start by thinking Cirque du Soleil is too slick, too expensive, just too too much. And I end up in thrall to sheer physical endeavour.’ 

  2. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 12 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘We’re so used to the Royal Ballet having sole British ownership of MacMillan’s Manon that it takes some adjusting to English National Ballet’s recently acquired staging.’  

  3. Collectif Petit Travers in Le Parti Pris Des Choses at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 12 January 2009Performance Jan 09

    ‘There are a few French mysticisms, too many(dripping taps, bed-sit styling), but these aside this is a fine show.’ Part of London International Mime Festival 

  4. Resolution! at The Place

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 12 January 2009Performance 7 Jan - 21 Feb 09

    ‘Resolution! 2009 launched this week, and by 21 February will have presented more than 100 new works. It’s a friendly, supportive affair…’ 

  5. Resolution! at The Place

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Monday 12 January 2009Performance 7 Jan - 21 Feb 09

    *** ‘Resolution! has always been a creative gamble. Never knowing what hand you might draw is part of its kick.’ 

  6. Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes

    Tuesday 6 January 2009

    This year marks the centenary of the first performances by the Ballet Russes in Paris. Clement Crisp explains why it was such a landmark in dance history. Read more in the Financial Times, 5 Jan 09 Continue Reading

  7. Michael Flatley

    Tuesday 6 January 2009

    the creator of Riverdance had been ill for three years, struck down by a mystery virus. He’s now dancing again and attributes his recovery to sessions with a ‘bio-energy’ healer. Read more in t… Continue Reading

  8. Agnes Oaks

    Tuesday 6 January 2009

    “It’s better to be remembered at your best, which is why I plan to retire this summer.” Read an interview in the Guardian, 6 Jan 08 Continue Reading

  9. The endangered Morris

    Tuesday 6 January 2009

    Morris Dancers are so concerned about their lack of youth appeal that they are warning that the traditional country dance form could die out within a few years… The Morris Ring, which represents 200 troupe… Continue Reading

  10. The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 6 Dec 08 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘North’s dance routines possess a jolly, cuddly-toy version of showbiz panache. Ruari Murchison’s pretty, curving designs exude a cosy charm, a feeling enhanced by the live playing of Blake’s light, melodic score.’  

  11. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘It is ironic that during a season in which she has announced her decision to quit the stage Agnes Oaks should find the role of a lifetime. As Manon, she gives the performance of her lifetime.’ 

  12. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘It is ironic that during a season in which she has announced her decision to quit the stage Agnes Oaks should find the role of a lifetime. As Manon, she gives the performance of her lifetime.’ 

  13. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘She [Oaks] and Edur have always been a superb pair, but Manon has allowed them to take their special relationship one exhilarating step farther.’  

  14. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘The challenge comes just in time for the 38-year-old Estonian, who retires at the end of March. And a sense of urgency, a sense of three decades’ athletic and dramatic craft honed as if just for this moment, gives a glittering edge to Oaks’ reading.’ 

  15. English National Ballet in Manon at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 6 January 2009Performance 2 - 11 Jan 09

    ‘Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks usually receive the dignified applause befitting the Swan Lakes and Sleeping Beauties they generally dance, but on Friday they were bravoed and horrayed in almost wild style after their London debut of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.’  

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