February 2013

  1. Happy Birthday to Anthony Dowell

    Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Sarah Kearney

    As Anthony Dowell celebrates his 70th birthday, Rupert Christiansen reminisces on Dowell’s qualities as a dancer and his directorship at the Royal Ballet. “Farouche-ness irradiated all his dancing, … Continue Reading

  2. The return of the prodigal…

    Monday 11 February 2013

    Just over a year ago 22 year old Ukranian ballet star Sergei Polunin walked out of the Royal Ballet after a spur of the moment decision to quit. This week he’s back, dancing with Tamara Rojo.. Continue Reading

  3. Ivan Blackstock 'Reverie' Photo: Belinda Lawley

    Resolution! - taciturn / The Artful Badger / Ivan Blackstock

    Lise Smith, Monday 11 February 2013 — Performance: 8 February 2013

    A welcome night of funny ha-ha, with just a dash of funny peculiar. Three short, small-group pieces, each idiosyncratic in their own way, brought a joyful air to The Place stage...  Continue Reading

  4. Richard Alston Dance Company 'Madcap'.  Photo: Tony Nandi

    Richard Alston Dance Company - Wimbledon Theatre

    Laura Dodge, Monday 11 February 2013 — Performance: 9 February 2013

    Many of London's dance enthusiasts migrated to Wimbledon for the eagerly-anticipated premiere of Richard Alston's latest work on Saturday... Continue Reading

  5. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Henri Oguike V4 The Seasons Southbank Centre

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 11 February 2013Performance 7 - 8 Feb 2013

    ..there are plenty of elements in Oguike’s 50-minute piece, for six plainly dressed dancers, that come across as “seasonal”. But there are at least as many passages in which Oguike seems to have stripped the Vivaldi of its entire original “programme” and re-e… 

  6. FLOW -The Print Room

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Sunday 10 February 2013Performance 4 -23 February 2013

    Hubert Essakow’s choreography squeezes multiple possibilities from his fine small cast, sending ripples along limbs and between bodies, or massing them in broiling oceanic storms.  

  7. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Henri Oguike V4 The Seasons Southbank Centre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Sunday 10 February 2013Performance 7 - 8 Feb 2013

    That said, Oguike’s contribution certainly matches the music’s oomph. For Spring, he invents a rutting canter, the dancers charging across the stage only to turn on each other and box like hares.  

  8. Titian Metamorphosis - cover.

    Titian Metamorphosis - the book

    Friday 8 February 2013 by Carmel Smith

    A new book celebrates the unique collaboration between The National Gallery and The Royal Ballet last summer - and we have a copy to give away! Continue Reading

  9. Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker - Tatyana

    Press Review 2Louise Levene, Telegraph, Friday 8 February 2013Performance 31 January - 9 February 2013

    Colker’s big idea is to have Onegin, the rejected Tatyana, her sister Olga and Olga’s doomed fiancé Lensky all represented by four dancers each. This can be a brilliant device for showing us different layers of the same scenario, but its possibilities are wasted o… 

  10. Anne-Gaelle Thiriot 'Vertigos' Photo:Eliza Kopalak

    Resolution! Rubedo Dance / Selina Papoutseli & Tom Lyall / Anne-Gaelle Thiriot

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Friday 8 February 2013 — Performance: 30 January 2013

    Thiriot's performance was invested with palpable internal motivation & subtle strength that made the 24 minutes - potentially an eternity for a solo dance - fly by in breathless seconds. Continue Reading

  11. Changes at The Royal Ballet

    Thursday 7 February 2013

    First Artist Jonathan Watkins and Principal Dancer Mara Galeazzi will leave the company this year... Continue Reading

  12. FLOW -The Print Room

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 7 February 2013Performance 4 -23 February 2013

    …overall, Flow has the feel of serious, exhilarating collaboration – one whose ambition belies its modest scale.  

  13. Hubert  Essakow, with Simone Muller Lotz. Photo: Zadoc Nava

    Hubert Essakow Q&A

    Tuesday 5 February 2013

    Inspired by water, 'FLOW' is a collaborative work led by choreographer Hubert Essakow working with, amongst others, designer Tom Dixon & five dance artists at a flourishing new venue, The Print Room… Continue Reading

  14. Wayne Parsons 'Meeting' Photo: Rachel Cherry

    Resolution! - penny & jules dance, Wayne Parsons, Botis Seva/Far From the Norm - The Place

    Lise Smith, Monday 4 February 2013 — Performance: 2 February 2013

    Virtual selves, unreliable narrators and personal discovery were the themes for this evening’s largely movement-based programme... Continue Reading

  15. Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker - Tatyana

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 3 February 2013Performance 31 January - 9 February 2013

    There are pleasant if derivative dance moments, striking groupings and winsome tableaux. But too much of the production consists of incomprehensible rushing around and posturing.  

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