May 2008

  1. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 6 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘Phoenix’s young dancers do not yet have the full measure of Limón’s style, but they do have as their model Bradley Shelver, who guests in Limón’s 1942 solo Chaconne. Shelver’s dancing is a masterclass in passionate musicality and focus… 

  2. London Children's Ballet 'Jane Eyre' 15-18 May, Peacock Theatre. Photo: Peter Teigen

    London Children's Ballet

    Tuesday 6 May 2008

    As 52 of the top young ballet dancers in the country prepare for the opening night of *Jane Eyre* later this month, Jemima Lewis finds out the level of commitment and dedication that is required to put on a show… Continue Reading

  3. Royal Ballet in Serenade/Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story/Homage to the Queen at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Jays, Sun.Times, Tuesday 6 May 2008Performance in rep to 14 May 08

    ‘Brandstrup constructs an unrequited love triangle from these muddy contradictions: Rushes, sub-titled Fragments of a Lost Story, is layered, compulsively grown-up dance. ‘ 

  4. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Jays, Sun.Times, Tuesday 6 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘The choreographer, however, makes a superfluous gentleman caller to Williams’s delicately damaged household; flurried movement, hugging the vocal rhythms, scribbles restlessly over the characters.’ 

  5. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 6 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘Bradley Shelver gives a fine performance of Limón’s Chaconne, stepping boldly into space.’  

  6. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 6 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘The bodies don’t merely illustrate the words, they climb inside them, responding to the emotional subtext like a kinetic Geiger counter.’ 

  7. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 2 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘Phoenix’s artists bring a freshness to the work The Moor’s Pavane and respect for its manner: they are securely inside their roles. I found Tiziana Fracchiolla’s Emilia of exceptional merit: she admirably catches the emotional and physical sha… 

  8. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 2 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘Since he took over the Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre two years ago, he has turned it into a sleek dancing machine, and this is a rich and confident evening.’ 

  9. Gravity & Levity in Shift at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Jays, Sun.Times, Friday 2 May 2008Performance 21 - 23 Apr 08

    ‘The contemporary choreographers who collaborate on this triple bill embrace the functional aesthetic, but only Charlotte Vincent lets the performers dream as well as drudge.’ 

  10. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Moon Water at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Jays, Sun.Times, Friday 2 May 2008Performance 16 - 19 Apr 08

    ‘It sounds lovely, and visually, and no doubt spiritually, it is; but this is dance without edges, so placid it becomes infuriating.’ 

  11. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Friday 2 May 2008Performance 28 & 29 April 08

    ‘Chaconne (1942), a solo set to Bach, was once danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose gleaming clarity set off its austere lines like a jewel. Bradley Shelver, who danced with the Limón Company and rehearsed this piece with Baryshnikov, presents the choreography&… 

  12. Phoenix Dance Theatre in Mixed Bill at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Thursday 1 May 2008 — Performance: 28 & 29 April 08

    Sadler’s Wells: 29 April 2008 In his programme notes Javier De Frutos confesses to finding the process of creation to be ‘extraordinarily difficult’, perhaps made more so by the competing deman… Continue Reading

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