May 2015

  1. Rambert 'Dark Arteries'. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Rambert - Frames / Four Elements / Dark Arteries - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 13 May 2015 — Performance: 12 - 16 May 2015

    While this was far from being among my favourite Rambert programmes, I continue to admire the company’s remarkable dancers and applaud Mark Baldwin for his bold, commissioning policies... Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 13 May 2015Performance 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    Wayne McGregor’s new Woolf Works glows with ambition, crowned by Alessandra Ferri’s charismatic central performance.  

  3. Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 13 May 2015Performance 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    The movement is more classical and more lyrical than the twisted extremes McGregor is known for, but the bodies are still in constant motion, exactly like Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness prose. 

  4. Salim-Sulaiman - Beyond Bollywood - London Palladium

    Press Review 2Michael Billington, Guardian, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 15 May - 18 June 2015

    As the stage becomes a riot of colour and swirling movement, I found myself wishing, as with last year’s tango show Dance ’Til Dawn, that the creators had offered us pure spectacle and ditched the narrative framework. 

  5. BBC Young Dancer 2015 - The Final - Sadler's Wells & BBC2

    Press Review 4Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 9 May 2015

    For me, the two contemporary dancers were best in their own solos, which showcased Scott’s whiplash fearlessness and Jacob O’Connell’s rangy technique and commanding presence; but they were under-served by the somewhat aimless choreography of their new solos. 

  6. Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    Woolf Works is not a perfect ballet… But in the depth and the scope of its ambitions, and in its haunting meditations on memory, madness and time, it takes both McGregor – and the concept of the three-act ballet – to a brave and entirely exhilarating new place. 

  7. Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 2Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    Throughout Monday’s opening night, the stellar cast – which also included Natalia Osipova as Orlando and Steven McRae as someone-or-other – danced with uniform brilliance. 

  8. Three Billys: James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower at the curtain call in 2005

    Happy Birthday Billy Elliot!

    Tuesday 12 May 2015 by Clare Evans

    Director Lee Hall thought it would flop, but the The West End hit about a footloose son of a coal miner is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Continue Reading

  9. Gary Avis and Sarah Lamb in Polyphonia. Photo: Johan Persson

    Gary Avis on 26 years with the Royal Ballet

    Tuesday 12 May 2015 by Clare Evans

    The Royal Ballet's Principal Character Artist talks to The Telegraph about the physical and mental strain of dancing into his 40s, and why he'd never give it up. Continue Reading

  10. Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 2Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    Reducing Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova to their bendiness is a criminal waste: what about their musical intelligence, their dramatic power, to say nothing of their elite training in the absurdly difficult art form of classical ballet? 

  11. Javier De Frutos - Everyman - National Theatre

    Press Review 4Michael Arditti, Express, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 12 May - 30 August, 2015

    The scale of Norris’ staging, exuberance of Javier de Frutos’s choreography, excellence of Ejiofor’s performance and, above all, exhilaration of Duffy’s text make this a production to relish. 

  12. Northern Ballet - Little Monsters/The Architect/Perpetuum Mobile/A Northern Trilogy/Angels in the Architecture - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review 4Jeffery Taylor, Express, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 12 - 14 May, 2015

    The company as a whole displays a truly satisfying coherence as a group, a belief in what they are doing and a desire to please. Their classical training is clean and precise and their delight in their chosen profession irresistible. Simply, a joy to watch. 

  13. Rosie Kay Dance Company - 5 Soldiers - The Rifles Club

    Press Review Ismene Brown, The Spectator, Tuesday 12 May 2015Performance 6 & 7 May 2015

    If you were told that these were actually five British soldiers reliving daily experiences, you would at first believe it, so brutishly physical is their long opening sequence of quick marches and repetitious exercises through imagined enemy territory. 

  14. 'Gravity Fatigue' Photo Chris Moore & Hussein Chalayan

    Hussein Chalayan's new work with Sadler's Wells

    Tuesday 12 May 2015 by Carmel Smith

    One of the highlights of the autumn/winter season (just announced) includes the first theatrical work from renowned designer and artist Chalayan, in collaboration with choreographer Damien Jalet... Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet 'Woolf Works' Edward Watson & Akane Takada. Photo: Tristram Kenton, ©ROH, 2015

    Royal Ballet - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 12 May 2015 — Performance: 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23 26 May 2015

    This is the best neoclassical ballet choreography I’ve yet seen from McGregor. It’s almost as if the decade of experience as Resident Choreographer with The Royal Ballet has been shuffled into this w… Continue Reading

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