August 2010

  1. Tanguera at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 6 August 2010Performance 3-22 August 2010

    “The skilled dancers are both flashy and precise, throwing in big scissoring lifts between their snippy footwork. Choreographically, Tanguera ventures beyond standard partnerwork to ensemble numbers”  

  2. Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 6 August 2010Performance 2-5 August 2010

    “I do also love the Bolshoi corps de ballet, their exuberance and commitment matched by their razor sharp feet and finely placed arms. The solo dancing, on the other hand, was disappointingly ragged”  

  3. Tanguera at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 6 August 2010Performance 3-22 August 2010

    “Not helping things are the kitschy lyrics, and the fact that the excellent dancers are less good actors. However, they are gorgeous movers, with wonderfully speedy footwork and a high-jumping style which helps you forget the often lurid dramatics.”  

  4. English National Ballet 'Cinderella' 11-15 August, London Coliseum. Photo: Annabel Moeller

    ENB's new generation of dancers

    Wednesday 4 August 2010

    As the English National Ballet prepares to celebrate its 60th birthday this summer (Saturday 14 August is the Company’s official birthday), Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling, explains why he’s excited… Continue Reading

  5. Into the Hoods

    ZooNation in Into the Hoods at Royal Festival Hall

    Sam Gauntlett, Wednesday 4 August 2010 — Performance: 30 July - 15 August 2010

    Reviewed: 3 August 2010 Based on Stephen Sondheim‘s musical, Into the Woods, Kate Prince‘s hip-hop dance theatre show was the first of its kind to make it to the West End in 2008, and with a twice ex… Continue Reading

  6. A US comparison

    Wednesday 4 August 2010

    With UK arts funding set to suffer severe cuts, arts organisation may have to rely heavily on private sponsorship and individual donors. So what will this mean for the future of the arts in Britain? Anthony Faio… Continue Reading

  7. Bolshoi Ballet, 'Le Corsaire'. 'Pas d'esclaves' Dancers: Nina Kaptsova and Ivan Vasilev. Photo: Andrei Melanyin

    Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 4 August 2010 — Performance: 2-5 August 2010

    Reviewed: 2 August 2010 Ballet is regularly criticised for being highbrow, inaccessible and catering to an intellectual elite. Such critics will not have seen_ ‘Le Corsaire’,_ a sword and sandal romp… Continue Reading

  8. Carlos Acosta in Premieres at London Coliseum

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 4 August 2010Performance 28 July - 7 August 2010

    “A revival was the strongest element in this evening of premieres. Yanowsky is taut and intense in Kim Brandstrup’s Footnote to Ashton, dancing to a Handel aria by candlelight. Russell Maliphant’s Two, a solo created for Dana Fouras, has been reworked… 

  9. Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 4 August 2010Performance 2-5 August 2010

    “Maria Alexandrova, queenly, armed with every technical resource, plays the heroine, Medora, with invincible assurance, and the second ballerina role, Gulnare, was taken with an enchanting lightness and clarity by Marianna Ryzhkina. The hero, probably the least … 

  10. Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 4 August 2010Performance 2-5 August 2010

    “But, overall, Alexandrova doesn’t captivate. For all her technical gifts – her neat, fast turns and scissor-sharp arabesque – she has a tendency to clip her phrasing in a way that short-changes both the music and detail of the choreography.”  

  11. Bolshoi Ballet in Triple Bill at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 4 August 2010Performance 29 & 30 July 2010

    “In 12 parts, and designed with crisp elegance by Galina Solovyeya and Mark Stanley, it [Russian Seasons] is a series of semi-narrative vignettes of life in the motherland that allows the company to flex its contemporary muscles and makes much of Leonid Desyatni… 

  12. Caracalla Dance Theatre 'Zayed and the Dream' 1 and 3 August.10, London Coliseum

    Caracalla Dance Theatre in Zayed and the Dream at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 3 August 2010 — Performance: 1 & 3 August 2010

    Reviewed: 1 August 2010 This strange but fascinating journey into the Arabian Desert interrupted Carlos Acosta’s brief season at the London Coliseum for just two performances, which seemed hardly worth the… Continue Reading

  13. National Youth Ballet's Andrew McNicol performing the lead role in Rainbow Bear 26-28 August 2010  Photo: Mikah Smillie

    Rainbow Bear

    Tuesday 3 August 2010

    A bear, seals, walrus, owls and fox all feature in Rainbow Bear, a new production for the National Youth Ballet. Jill Tookey, who started the National Youth Ballet 23 years ago, has been organising and directing… Continue Reading

  14. Bolshoi Ballet in Serenade/Giselle at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Nadine Meisner, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 3 August 2010Performance 26 - 28 July 2010

    “As the living Giselle, she [Natalia Osipova] cast a powerful spell with her charm and fragility, before heart-wrenchingly losing her reason; as Giselle’s ghost, her extraordinary jump, freezing in impossible airborne positions, not only gave her a spectral e… 

  15. Sylvie Guillem / Robert Lepage / Russell Maliphant in Eonnagata at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Nadine Meisner, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 3 August 2010Performance 28-31 July 2010

    “Eonnagata was always interesting, even if it didn’t achieve its stated aim of going deeper than anecdote. An honourable failure, with exquisite performances.” 

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