August 2009

  1. Mariinsky Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 3 - 6 August 09

    ‘Romeo and Juliet, which opened this season last Monday, is stuck in time past, with production and dramatic approaches that look desperately old-fashioned.’ 

  2. Mariinsky Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Geraldine Bedell, Observer, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 3 - 6 August 09

    ‘On Wednesday, I saw the vibrant Viktoria Tereshkina, whose dancing was technically brilliant, sensitive and expressive. I could happily have spent an evening watching the exquisite lines of her hands alone. The music seemed to flow through her so that she became n… 

  3. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 7 - 11 August 09

    ‘… a glittering showcase for the St Petersburg company’s elegance and classical refinement’  

  4. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 7 - 11 August 09

    ‘… it is Lopatkina who makes this Swan Lake a marvel; without her it is surprisingly workaday.’ 

  5. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 10 August 2009Performance 7 - 11 August 09

    ‘The Mariinsky Ballet’s Uliana Lopatkina is unique in her ability to make Odette, the enchanted heroine of Swan Lake, appear captive in a magical world.’  

  6. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 10 August 2009 — Performance: 7 - 11 August 09

    8 August performance Before turning to more crucial matters, let me catalogue a few of the more obvious irritations in Konstantin Sergeyev’s 1950 production of the world’s most famous ballet. Firstly… Continue Reading

  7. Swan Lake Mariinsky style

    Friday 7 August 2009

    Evgeny Ivanchenko and Viktoria Tereshkina, two of the principal dancers appearing in London this week talk about dancing in the ballet classic. Read more in the” Guardian, 7 Aug 09”:http://www.guardi… Continue Reading

  8. Vamping it up

    Friday 7 August 2009

    Michelle Williams and Leigh Zimmerman talk about playing the femme fatale leads in Chicago on the London stage. Read more in the Guardian, 31 Jul 09 Continue Reading

  9. Classical Indian Dance in Croydon

    Friday 7 August 2009

    Traditional bharatanatyam is a hit with 10 year old South Londoners. Teacher Pushkala Gopal trusts in rote learning. “Repeat:t something 200 times and you know it completely – and in performance you … Continue Reading

  10. Matthew Bourne shock secret

    Friday 7 August 2009

    The top choreographer once went through the dustbin outside David Bowie’s house. Find out more in his Guardian Q&A, 25 Jul 09 Continue Reading

  11. Preserving modern dance

    Thursday 6 August 2009

    After the recent deaths of great & influential choreographers Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch, Judith Mackrell looks at how their work might live on. Read more in the “Guardian, 6 Aug 09”: Continue Reading

  12. Chun Li - The Legend of Kung Fu at London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 5 August 2009Performance 3 - 16 August 09

    ‘In terms of its aesthetic, Chun Yi owes more to the bloated productions of Cirque du Soleil than to the zen discipline of the Shaolin temple.’  

  13. Chun Li - The Legend of Kung Fu at London Coliseum

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 5 August 2009Performance 3 - 16 August 09

    ‘In the broadest sense, the Chinese words kung fu embrace great achievement in any field, not just the martial arts. Subtitled The Legend of Kung Fu, the new show Chun Yi is a diverting, large-scale popular entertainment rather than any great achievement on its … 

  14. Chun Li - The Legend of Kung Fu at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 5 August 2009Performance 3 - 16 August 09

    ‘Chun Yi is full of performers doing incredible things, but the show keeps selling them short. In trying to make the narrative universal, the performance has simply become too cheesy.’  

  15. Mariinsky Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 5 August 2009Performance 3 - 6 August 09

    ‘The rising star Alina Somova was given the honour of opening the Mariinsky Ballet’s London season. She is one of those extreme movers who can twist her body into any shape. What she is not, however, is one of nature’s Juliets.’  

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