June 2009

  1. Richard Alston
Photo: Ida Zenner

    New Chair for YDE

    Monday 8 June 2009

    Choreographer Richard Alston is to become the new Chair of Youth Dance England, the national organisation that champions and promotes dance for children and young people. He said: *“I am absolutely delight… Continue Reading

  2. Billy Elliot on Broadway

    Monday 8 June 2009

    The stage version has been a successful export to New York & picked up 10 Tony Awards last night – including Best Musical, Best Actor & Best Director. Read more in the Guardian, 8 Jun 09 Continue Reading

  3. Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova in Latin Fever at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 8 June 2009Performance 27 May - 28 Jun 09

    ‘Tanya Perera is in the cast, as she was with Erin and Anton’s outing, and she reminds us that dancing can be a delight’ 

  4. Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova in Latin Fever at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 8 June 2009Performance 27 May - 28 Jun 09

    ‘It starts promisingly, with an explosive samba sequence that reminds you (not for the last time in this relentlessly energetic evening) of the African influence in Brazilian and Cuban dance. The costumes (designed by Vicky Barkess and Kopylova herself) are an ever… 

  5. Peter Schauffus in Marilyn at Apollo Theatre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Monday 8 June 2009Performance to 13 Jun 09

    ‘Schaufuss’s choreography is a mediocre mix of basic ballet and simple show dance.’  

  6. The Symptoms in Nothing There at The Place

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 8 June 2009Performance 3 & 4 Jun 09

    ‘Performed to thudding jazz, the piece plays out a waking dream shot through with bizarre terrors. Half-glimpsed tableaux reminiscent of David Lynch’s film Eraserhead morph into surreal ballroom sequences in swimsuits and spats that pay homage to Pina Bausch.’ 

  7. Tilted Productions/Maresa von Stockert in TrAPPED at Laban

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 8 June 2009Performance 1 & 2 Jun 09

    ‘.. dance delivers the micro message more effectively than the macro and von Stockert’s physical tableaux and subtly wrought duets tell us far more than the awkward chunks of spoken exposition in which they’re set.’ 

  8. Diaghilev Gala at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, , Monday 8 June 2009Performance 7 Jun 09

    ‘And then there was the starry roster of dancers from St Petersburg, Paris, and our own Royal Ballet including Ulyana Lopatkina, Mathias Heymann, Tamara Rojo, Dmitri Gudanov, Marianela Nunez and Andrei Batalov ­— even if we’re not producing the work… 

  9. Sonia Sabri Company 'Parallels' 4 June, Purcell Room. Photo: Simon Richardson

    Sonia Sabri Company in Parallels at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre

    Graham Watts, Monday 8 June 2009 — Performance: 4 Jun 09

    Sonia Sabri is on a mission. Hers is a quest to both revere and revise Kathak, the classical dance style of northern India; and this long programme of five works did just that. In particular, Sabri succeeded in … Continue Reading

  10. Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, 'Entity' 4-6 June, Sadler's Wells

    Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Entity at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Monday 8 June 2009 — Performance: 4 - 6 Jun 09

    Every ‘McGregor’ movement seems to follow a logical sequence, each flowing seamlessly from the one before and arriving with absolute purpose into the next. Hardly a single action out of tens of thous… Continue Reading

  11. Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

    Phoenix appoints new team

    Friday 5 June 2009

    Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre have announced two new appointments. Sharon Watson is to become the Artistic Director, alongside Lesley Jackson, who joins the company as its new Executive Director. Sharon has… Continue Reading

  12. Royal Ballet in Ondine at Live Relay to Picturehouse cinemas & Trafalgar Square

    Sheila Styles, Thursday 4 June 2009 — Performance: 3 Jun 09

    I greatly appreciated winning the tickets for *_Ondine,_*a ballet I had not seen in its’ entirety. What a remarkable piece, such flawless narrative flow without looking that dated. The nuances in the compl… Continue Reading

  13. Immigration rules threaten arts

    Thursday 4 June 2009

    Rules designed to prevent illegal immigration are preventing international performers entering the UK says a report by the Manifesto Club: *UK Arts and Culture: Cancelled by Order of the Home Office.* Read more … Continue Reading

  14. Tilted Productions/Maresa von Stockert in TrAPPED at Laban

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Thursday 4 June 2009Performance 1 & 2 Jun 09

    ‘Maresa von Stockert is fascinated by props and how the mechanics of the body influence human behaviour. These twin preoccupations infiltrate every aspect of the German-born choreographer’s latest piece of dance-theatre for her Tilted Productions.’  

  15. Pierre Rigal in PRESS at Lilian Baylis Studio

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Thursday 4 June 2009Performance 29-30 May 09

    ‘Part-mime, part-athlete, part-dancer, Rigal made a small space even smaller, squashing himself into in a box, where he strove to keep shreds of human dignity as his space to breathe was taken from him – apparently at the whim of a malign machine.’  

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