October 2008

  1. Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 & 8 Oct 08

    ‘The centrepiece and highlight of the evening is Bloom, set to choral music by Rufus Wainwright that is at once both lush and spiritual. The dancers are as wired as ever, but the arc of the choreography clicks into gear with the music’  

  2. Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 & 8 Oct 08

    ‘this rhapsodic rush from thoughtfulness towards a kind of flying ecstasy is a glorious thing, each crescendo beautifully delineated by Petronio’s fine dancers.’  

  3. Royal Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 13 October 2008Performance in rep to 20 Oct 08

    ‘..thank heavens for Nuñez, who has grown into the mournful, enchanted role of the Swan Queen. There’s a quality of awareness in her Odette, in her gaze and the carriage of her head.’ 

  4. Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 & 8 Oct 08

    ‘Petronio’s work has mellowed since his heyday without losing its innate kinetic intelligence or edgy’ craft.  

  5. Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 & 8 Oct 08

    ‘Given a strong subject, as here {in Bloom}, Petronio flies. Without one, as in the self-indulgent This is a Story of a Girl in a World (2008), he flounders.’ 

  6. The Australian Ballet with Bangarra Dance in Rites & Les Presages at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 - 11 Oct 08

    ‘To my mind, choreographer Stephen Page, himself of tribal ancestry, blew a prime opportunity to go beyond the tourists’ view in this 1998 work. Depressingly, what Rites boils down to is 40,000-year culture as theme park.’ 

  7. The Australian Ballet with Bangarra Dance in Rites & Les Presages at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 - 11 Oct 08

    ‘That the evening is a disappointment is largely to do with Rites, a paltry, over-promoted use of the Stravinsky.’ 

  8. The Australian Ballet with Bangarra Dance in Rites & Les Presages at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 - 11 Oct 08

    ‘Lovely dancers, pity about the programme, was my feeling about last week’s joint appearance at Sadler’s Wells by the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the company that blends contemporary dance with indigenous Aboriginal culture.’ 

  9. The Australian Ballet with Bangarra Dance in Rites & Les Presages at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 13 October 2008Performance 7 - 11 Oct 08

    ‘Like all the best dance institutions, the Australian Ballet makes brave choices.’ 

  10. Continuing collaborations

    Friday 10 October 2008

    Composer Nitin Sawnhey and artist Antony Gormley first met when they collaborated with dance artists Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkouai on zero degrees in 2005. Now Gormley has created art work for Sawnhey̵… Continue Reading

  11. Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Gerald Dowler, Financial Times, Friday 10 October 2008Performance 7 & 8 Oct 08

    ‘It was like watching a hip Meatpacking District party through a closed window: you could see the people and their movements and reactions but could not understand their motivations or reasonings.’ 

  12. Stephen Petronio Company, Photo: Sarah Silver

    Stephen Petronio Company in Beauty and the Brut, BLOOM, This is the Story of a Girl in a World at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Mary Kate Connolly, Friday 10 October 2008 — Performance: 7 & 8 Oct 08

    Stephen Petronio’s Beauty and the Brut began with swimmers. The sound of waves crashing on a shore set the scene for a drawling voiceover of a girl recounting a seduction which began ‘So I was at the… Continue Reading

  13. A Brief Encounter with Rachel Krische in The Swimmer at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

    Mary Kate Connolly, Friday 10 October 2008 — Performance: 7 & 8 Oct 08

    Performance: 8 Oct 08 Rachel Krische is swimming. Jerking, hurtling and stuttering across the wooden boards of the Purcell Room stage. Dressed in a red t-shirt, frilled, ballooning underpants and her characteris… Continue Reading

  14. Compagnie Beau Geste 'Transports Exceptionnels' 11-13 and 17-19 October. Photo: Tony Shepherd

    Digging Dance

    Friday 10 October 2008

    Dance Umbrella has taken to the streets this week. After the enthusiastic response to last year’s love duet for one man and his digger, Transports Exceptionnels returns for repeat performances across Londo… Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 10 October 2008Performance in rep to 20 Oct 08

    ‘Marianela Nuñez gave a beautifully exact account of the role, albeit rather reserved in emotion, and Thiago Soares was an ever-credible Siegfried.’ 

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