April 2014

  1. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum

    Press Review 4Debra Craine, The Times, Friday 11 April 2014Performance 9 - 12 April 2014

    Maillot’s high-energy, space-consuming choreography is well versed in the language of classical ballet, engaging fluently with the music and accentuating the length and suppleness of the dancers’ elegant forms. Yet the choreography is also happy to explode into the… 

  2. Akram Khan and NYDC. Image: Tony Nandi

    Akram Khan on working with young dancers:

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    Choreographer Akram Khan is working with dancers from the National Youth Dance Company this week and next to complete his new double-bill for the company, which combines new work The Rashomon Effect with a rewor… Continue Reading

  3. English National Ballet - My First Ballet: Coppélia - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Laura Dodge, londonist, Friday 11 April 2014Performance 8 - 19 April 2014

    Most impressive is Kaylee Marko, who performs Swanilda with an exquisite elegance and lyricism. Even during some rather wobbly partnering (understandable bearing in mind the ballet’s complex choreography), she maintained a supreme confidence and poise.  

  4. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum

    Press Review 4Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 11 April 2014Performance 9 - 12 April 2014

    It’s Swan Lake, Jim, but not as we know it. The splintered narrative means we have to content ourselves with snatching shards of understanding from the activity on stage. And what activity! I have rarely seen a company with a greater degree of collective attack.  

  5. Royal Ballet - The Winter's Tale - Royal Opera House

    Press Review Hanna Weibye, artsdesk, Friday 11 April 2014Performance 10 April - 8 May 2014

    It’s an unalloyed pleasure to see two of the company’s most acclaimed actors in important roles, Bennet Gartside as the honest, harried Antigonus and Zenaida Yanowsky as his furious, morally uncompromising wife, Paulina.  

  6. Royal Ballet - The Winter's Tale - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 11 April 2014Performance 10 April - 8 May 2014

    What’s striking is the synthesis of dance, music and designs. Reuniting the team from his Alice in Wonderland, Wheeldon’s eloquent storytelling is propelled by Joby Talbot’s driving score, its rhythmic accents, perky tunes and underlying ominousness point… 

  7. Steven McRae as Florizel in Act II of 'The Winter’s Tale' Photo courtesy: ROH / Johan Persson.

    Royal Ballet - The Winter's Tale - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Friday 11 April 2014 — Performance: 10 April - 8 May 2014

    Despite my reservations about the music and some aspects of the design, this is a fine addition to The Royal Ballet’s repertoire, which has taken on the near impossible task of conveying one of Shakespeare&… Continue Reading

  8. les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s 'tauberbach'

    les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s tauberbach - Sadler's Wells

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Thursday 10 April 2014 — Performance: 8 - 9 April 2014

    The vocabulary of movements cycles almost imperceptibly from abstractly stuttering palsy to clearly representational scenes of an absurd, twisted nature, presented with clownish playfulness & expert manipulat… Continue Reading

  9. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, The Stage, Thursday 10 April 2014Performance 9 - 12 April 2014

    The dancers are committed and able, and do their best with the material, but the action is muddled, the ideas unclear, and the choreography an over-wrought and dated hybrid of classicism and quirkiness.  

  10. les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s tauberbach - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Donald Hutera, The Times, Thursday 10 April 2014Performance 8 - 9 April 2014

    …the gritty yet highly stylised 90-minute performance possessed a level of kinetic integrity and emotional truth that lifted it well out of the ordinary.  

  11. les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s tauberbach - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Hanna Weibye, artsdesk, Thursday 10 April 2014Performance 8 - 9 April 2014

    The transformation of this ugliness is Platel’s achievement: tauberbach is richly able to find and expose the beauty in what is not conventionally considered beautiful, and in so doing it argues forcefully for the importance of what – and who – is not conventiona… 

  12. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 10 April 2014Performance 9 - 12 April 2014

    This is a lot of story to tell, and Maillot choreographs it at a ferocious lick – a fusion of neoclassical and modern steps tumbling across the stage. Impressively he infuses the dancing with vividly pointed character detail, and the superb Monte-Carlo dancers work t… 

  13. Youth Dance England welcomes 'tougher' dance exams

    Wednesday 9 April 2014 by Carmel Smith

    Director Linda Jasper says "it can only strengthen the subject as a very valuable and unique discipline in the curriculum." Continue Reading

  14. English National Ballet - My First Ballet: Coppélia - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 3Louise Levene, Telegraph, Wednesday 9 April 2014Performance 8 - 19 April 2014

    Kaylee Marko’s Swanilda has neat feet and pretty manners, and Marcio Teixera makes an amiable Franz. Sadly, the entire delightful enterprise has been derailed, yet again, by the insistence on an on-stage narrator, in the shape of batty old toymaker Dr Coppelius.  

  15. les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s tauberbach - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 2Mark Monahan, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/10754788/Tauberbach-Sadlers-Wells-review.html, Wednesday 9 April 2014Performance 8 - 9 April 2014

    Among this tapestry of strange vignettes – collectively, a bleakly optimistic portrait of a ruined but extraordinary person – are some to delight even the most hardened expressionist-sceptic.  

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