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  1. Divine Performing Arts in Shen Yun at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 29 February 2008Performance 22 February 08

    ‘There are some authentic pleasures to be seen on stage: fierce demonstrations of drumming; a haunting Chinese violin solo; choreographed set pieces in which the sinuous calligraphy of the dancers’ bodies is elaborated with rippling silks and fans. But too… 

  2. Divine Performing Arts in Shen Yun at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 22 February 08

    ‘This show is advertised as a Chinese spectacular – a kind of Eastern version of Cirque du Soleil. It is nothing of the kind. Acrobatics, singing and dancing skills are used in the service of a propaganda exercise,’ 

  3. Maris Liepa Gala at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 24 February 08

    ‘The usual gala suspects, of course, for such evenings are unthinkable without the frills of the Don Quixote pas de deux, bright under the charm of Natalya Osipova and the soaring elegance of Leonid Sarafanov; a Dying Swan , whose demise I did not regret, from S… 

  4. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 7 & 8 Feb 08

    ‘ The movement, which has been carefully calibrated to fit each detail of music and lighting design, possesses an insinuating sexuality, a non-threatening aggression – these are memories after all – and an unsettling sense of being in the heart of an… 

  5. BalletLORENT in Angelmoth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 23-26 Feb.08

    “there is much to admire here. Lorent is nothing if not a romantic sensualist. As directed by her, Crompton’s plot may not be watertight but it is certainly intriguing, as well as emotionally sophisticated in its treatment of such themes as temptation, sac… 

  6. Interview: Liv Lorent Q&A

    Friday 22 February 2008

    *Choreographer Liv Lorent has developed a reputation for intriguing, site-specific, intergenerational work with her Newcastle based company BalletLORENT.* *One of her most recent works, The Ball toured to over… Continue Reading

  7. New York City Ballet, London Coliseum. 'Serenade' 12, 14, 16 March.08.  Chor: Balanchine. Dancers: Maria Kowroski and Jenifer Ringer. Photo: Paul Kolnik

    News: New York City Ballet

    Wednesday 20 February 2008

    London hasn’t seen the full company for 25 years – and they’re coming to the Coliseum this month – opening on 12 March. Since Balanchine died in 1983 there have been a lot of changes. Th… Continue Reading

  8. China Now Logo

    News: China Now

    Wednesday 20 February 2008

    China Now – the UK’s largest ever festival of Chinese culture – takes place in 2008 to coincide with the Chinese New Year and continues through to the Beijing Olympics. With over 800 events ac… Continue Reading

  9. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘The Rite of Spring comes almost as light relief. Of all Bausch’s work, it’s the most dancerly, most gorgeous.’ 

  10. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘Although Café Müller and The Rite of Spring are celebrated pieces, each has been seen only once in the UK before (in Edinburgh) and this is only Tanztheater Wuppertal’s fifth visit to London.’ 

  11. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘Modern dance is very new to China. This young company has strong dancers but weak choreography. There’s a mix of styles and influences here, an attempt to remake a Western tradition on Chinese terms. It hasn’t yet taken root.’ 

  12. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘With a double bill featuring a musical remix of Peking opera and choreography that explores elements of t’ai chi, this is dance that could only have come out of China.’  

  13. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘Both are too long, and, to Western eyes, too ponderous and po-faced. They also look pick ‘n’ mix, rather than a true synthesis of Orient and Occident. But they are a fascinating insight into how China sees itself and the world.’  

  14. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘In the event, the company’s unique blend of East and West, of traditional and modern, proved fascinating, even if half its double bill left some of us in the dark.’  

  15. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 15 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘Then Rite , which is a choreographic masterpiece – no other word will do – and has nothing to do with Tanztheater …this is a superb work of art. Forget the café, this is the real dance theatre. no stars (for Café Müller) *****(for Rite ) ‘ 

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