November 2008

  1. DV8 in To Be Straight With You at National Theatre

    Press Review Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times, Friday 7 November 2008Performance in rep to 15 Nov 08

    ‘Verbatim physical theatre sounds like a paradox, but Lloyd Newson and DV8 succeed in squaring the circle with this stirring, potent 80-minute piece’ 

  2. Nuevo Ballet Español in Sangre Flamenca at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 28 Oct - 15 Nov 2008

    ‘to watch him [Rojas] clutching at his jacket as the music takes hold (and he responds wonderfully to the singers) and seeing rhythms, ideas waiting to be born into dancing (feet starting to rattle on the stage as if contemplating a sequence of steps; hands foretel… 

  3. Rambert Dance Company 'Curious Conscience'
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela. Photo: Richard Dean

    Bonachela appointed Artistic Director

    Friday 7 November 2008

    Julian Knights, Chair of Sydney Dance Company, officially announced today the appointment of Barcelona-born, London-based choreographer Rafael Bonachela to the position of Artistic Director a role left vacant mo… Continue Reading

  4. Mark Morris Dance Group in Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 5 - 8 Nov 2008

    “That the score underwent revisions, reluctantly sanctioned or unwelcomed by the composer, is of interest, but this realisation of the Ur-text has only one message: Lavrovsky knew best. “ 

  5. 40 years of Alston

    Friday 7 November 2008

    As Richard Alston celebrates his 40th anniversary as a choreographer he talks to Judith Mackrell about his creative journey from London Contemporary Dance Theatre to Strider, and from Ballet Rambert to his curre… Continue Reading

  6. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Beauty and the Beast at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 28-30 Oct 08

    ‘This visual version of “once upon a time” is the enchanting opening to David Bintley’s brooding and sometimes genuinely scary ballet. Mood and magic are aided immeasurably by Bintley’s collaborators’  

  7. Royal Ballet in Three Short Works: Serenade, L'Invitation au voyage, & Theme and Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Geraldine Bedell, Observer, Friday 7 November 2008Performance in rep to 10 Nov 08

    On Theme and Variations, ‘Among swagged curtains and chandeliers, dancers in tutus are required to perform with grandeur and virtuosity, but also to take on Balanchine’s clever steps. The work whizzes by and, with sparkling solos and beautiful shapes from the… 

  8. Royston Maldoom in Overture 2012 at Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 1-2 Nov 2008

    ‘Many of the children and teenagers on stage have little or no formal training, yet it almost never shows. Maldoom has adroitly stripped his vocabulary back to expressive basics of rhythm and gesture, and he shows a kind of genius in getting the young people to … 

  9. Rosemary Butcher in Episodes of Flight at Riverside Studios

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 3-4 Nov 2008

    ‘Giannotti’s solitary, and apparently pointless journey is heartbreaking. She seems to have been beached on terrain to which she is ill adapted to travel, yet travel she must. Meanwhile, the audiovisual environment is suggestive both of a vast, indifferent… 

  10. Mark Morris Dance Group in Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 5 - 8 Nov 2008

    ‘the casting of Tybalt and Mercutio as women gives their rivalry a tightly coiled intensity, making Mercutio’s death one of the most vivid in the repertory.’  

  11. Birmingham Royal Ballet in Stravinsky: A Celebration! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 31 Oct & 1 Nov.08

    ‘Petrushka, which tells its spooky yarn so vividly, and with Fokine’s choreography and Stravinsky’s music so unified that you can almost smell the chestnuts on the fire.’ 

  12. Balletboyz in Greatest Hits! at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

    Press Review Ismene Brown, Telegraph, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 4-5 Nov 2008

    ‘It takes Craig Horwood’s witty tango duel for the Ballet Boyz, Yumba v Nonino, to restore good humour and confidence that the Boyz may still have a little more distance to run.’ 

  13. Mark Morris Dance Group in Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 7 November 2008Performance 5 - 8 Nov 2008

    ‘Such imaginative laziness is characteristic of the entire production; you begin to feel that he doesn’t care about the story, happy or not.’ 

  14. Mark Morris Dance Group 'Romeo and Juliet' 5-8 Nov, Barbican. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    Mark Morris

    Friday 7 November 2008

    The Mark Morris Dance Group are currently at the Barbican performing Morris’s latest work to Prokofiev’s original score, in which Romeo & Juliet live to see another day…. Nadine Meisner tal… Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in Manon at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 7 November 2008Performance in rep to 27 Nov 08

    ‘Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is named for its heroine, but the major interest in this Royal Ballet performance was Edward Watson as the hero.’ 

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