December 2009

  1. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 7 December 2009Performance 1 - 5 Dec 09

    ‘Acosta is at his sunniest. Sometimes he has looked stretched thin by all his international commitments, with jetlag creeping into the performances. Here, he’s exuberantly fresh and happy, bounding into the casual shimmies and show-off leaps.’  

  2. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 7 December 2009Performance 1 - 5 Dec 09

    ‘International superstar though he is, Carlos Acosta is a long-adopted Londoner who, these days, is seldom out of the limelight in the capital’s dance theatres, be it at Covent Garden, as principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet or at the Coliseum and Sad… 

  3. Akram Khan/Nitin Sawhney in Confluence at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 7 December 2009Performance 26 - 28 Nov 09

    ‘It makes an episodic evening, with good moments but not much momentum.’ 

  4. Akram Khan/Nitin Sawhney in Confluence at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 7 December 2009Performance 26 - 28 Nov 09

    ‘In dance terms, however, Khan’s own virtuosity is the main focus. His whirling turns, accelerating almost to a blur while Sawhney’s accompaniment, on guitar, escalates to a frenzy, then the slow-down to fade, send us home on a riveting note.’ 

  5. Rambert Dance Company in Tread Softly/ Carnival of the Animals/ The Comedy of Change at Northampton and touring

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 7 December 2009Performance Dec 09

    ‘…visually, musically and choreographically the piece is a winner.’ 

  6. Motionhouse in Scattered at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 7 December 2009Performance 27 Nov 09

    ‘What Motionhouse are after is shock and awe: eliciting gasps as the dancers bodysurf across the face of the wave or launch themselves from its vertiginous peak.’ 

  7. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 4 December 2009Performance in rep til 31 Dec 09

    “Yoshida’s dancing is light and exact. Here, she steps from pose to pose like someone walking serenely on eggshells – not a crack in sight.”  

  8. Motionhouse in Scattered at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 27 Nov 09

    “the choreography is content to deliver Motionhouse’s usual bag of tricks. Audiences love them. But watching this company recycle the same crash-and-burn stunts, you wish they would dare to look inwards.”  

  9. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Ismene Brown, theartsdesk.com, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 1 - 5 Dec 09

    “At Sadler’s Wells this week he is showing just what a ballet-dancer’s ballet-dancer he is. … what you received from his performance was the serious, elite side of Carlos.” 

  10. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 1-5 December.09

    “Acosta trumps his own aces by being earnest and dutiful rather than contemplative and saturated by the music.”  

  11. Margot

    Friday 4 December 2009

    In November and December 2009 BBC Four broadcast Margot, written by Amanda Coe, and partly based on Meredith Daneman‘s Fonteyn biography. Anne-Marie Duff stars as Margot Fonteyn. Margot tells the story o… Continue Reading

  12. Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 4 December 2009Performance in rep til 31 Dec 09

    “Iohna Loots’s Clara is an exquisite, feather-light little girl”  

  13. The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 2 Dec.09 - 10 Jan.10

    “This is nothing more than magic”  

  14. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Siobhan Murphy, Metro Life, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 1 - 5 Dec 09

    “Acosta has danced it sexier with Sarah Lamb for the Royal Ballet but here, with ENB principal Begoña Cao, he goes for a sense of pre-lapsarian innocence as he preens and stares, intrigued by his own reflection, and more curious than captivated by Cao’s s… 

  15. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 4 December 2009Performance 1-5 December.09

    “It [A Suite Of Dances] is a witty, sweet, airy dialogue on dancing and dancers, and Acosta has the physical and emotional generosity to make it his own. Instead, he was visibly economising, paring the energy required for each step so he could make it to the nex… 

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