August 2013

  1. Pierre Rigal/Compagnie Dernière Minute - 'Standard' Photo: Pierre Grosbois

    Pierre Rigal - Standards - Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Lise Smith, Tuesday 6 August 2013 — Performance: 4 August 2013

    Motifs flit again and again across the stage – groups dissolving into solos, a single figure with the hands held over the face, combinations breaking down into malfunctioning jitters. These repeating themes… Continue Reading

  2. Bolshoi Ballet - 'La Bayadère'. Photo: John Ross

    Bolshoi Ballet - La Bayadère - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 6 August 2013 — Performance: 2 & 3 August 2013

    It’s almost impossible to buy a ticket now but if you get the chance, I strongly recommend grabbing it with both hands - seeing the Bolshoi remains a life-affirming experience. Continue Reading

  3. Bolshoi Ballet -The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 6 August 2013Performance 5 - 9 August 2013

    It’s dazzling, but flat: it doesn’t frame the great battle between good and evil taking place within its confines, but instead reduces it to story book prettiness where nothing really important is at stake.  

  4. Bolshoi Ballet - La Bayadère - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 5 August 2013Performance 2 & 3 August 2013

    This year, the Bolshoi has hit the news with stories of backstage crisis and an acid attack on its artistic director, Sergei Filin. Smirnova, a remarkable young star, pulls attention back to the famous Russian company’s artistry.  

  5. Jeanefer Jean-Charles

    Jeanefer Jean-Charles - on dance at the Palace

    Friday 2 August 2013 by Carmel Smith 1 Comment

    Since choreographing the first Big Dance for Trafalgar Square in 2006, Jeanefer has worked with hundreds of dancers. For the Coronation Festival she made 'The Family Tree' with 75 East London dancers... Continue Reading

  6. Ben Hammond at Land's End

    Journey's end for teacher in a tutu

    Friday 2 August 2013 by Carmel Smith

    Ben Hammond has danced the length of the country from John O'Groats, arriving in Land's End last weekend, raising £40,000 for his charity work supporting education and development work in Burma Continue Reading

  7. Punchdrunk's 'The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable' Fionn Cox-Davies & Sophie Bortolussi.  Photo: Pari

    Punchdrunk - The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

    Donald Hutera, Thursday 1 August 2013 — Performance: July - 31 December 2013

    Subjectivity is what it’s all about, ultimately, when it comes to a Punchdrunk extravaganza... these specialists in large-scale & immersive theatre are on a roll... Continue Reading

  8. Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Thursday 1 August 2013Performance 30 July - 4 August 2013

    Acosta dances throughout with grand dedication, making on occasion bricks without straw, but everywhere revealing the brave outline and generosity of means that have won him so devoted a public.  

  9. Carlos Acosta in 'Scheherezade'. Photo: John Ross

    Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection - London Coliseum

    Lise Smith, Thursday 1 August 2013 — Performance: 30 July - 4 August 2013

    The small cast of dancers with whom Acosta has had long & fruitful working relationships brings an intimate, family feel to the performance – a sense of genuine love for the art of ballet & for the… Continue Reading


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