June 2011

  1. English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's
Photo: Belinda Lawley

    News: Dance for Parkinson's - new UK research

    Tuesday 7 June 2011

    English National Ballet and Roehampton University announce breakthrough research into the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s. Inspired by the pioneering work of the Mark Morris Dance Group in Ne… Continue Reading

  2. News: Edward Watson

    Tuesday 7 June 2011

    Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson discusses his roles and also his nerves ahead of his performance at the O2 later this month. “He admits to feeling nervous about performing before such a large audience… Continue Reading

  3. Frauke Requardt in Episode at The Place

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 7 June 2011Performance 3 - 4 June 2011

    “But because Requardt’s choreography is so rigorously exact in its shaping and dynamic, these characters convince us that, even at their most eccentric, they are acting on serious motives. They can be urgent, funny and sometimes very touching. And their jo… 

  4. News: Background Dancer Blues

    Tuesday 7 June 2011

    Will Storr finds out that life as a background dancer is far from being the whirl of glitz and glamour that you might think. Long hours, little pay and fierce competition is the reality that many face. “In… Continue Reading

  5. Rambert Dance Company in Roses / Monolith / Cardoon Club at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 7 June 2011Performance 24 - 28 May 2011

    “couldn’t the company have celebrated its four score years and five with a bill less deathly dull than this?”  

  6. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Katie Columbus, The Stage, Tuesday 7 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    “But there are moments of beauty, clear, decipherable emotions and a genuine humour that is rare in contemporary dance” 

  7. Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director David Bintley & dancers at a fund raising gala in Tokyo, May 2011. Photo courtsey of NBS Japan.

    News: Birmingham Royal Ballet back from Japan

    Tuesday 7 June 2011

    Birmingham Royal Ballet has just returned from its tour of Japan. The company took Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Daphnis and Chloë to the cities of Tokyo, K… Continue Reading

  8. Royal Ballet in Scenes de ballet / Voluntaries / The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 6 June 2011Performance in rep until 11 June 2011

    ‘In Scènes de ballet, choreographed in 1948, Frederick Ashton created a work of unanswerable formal perfection…’ 

  9. Royal Ballet in Scenes de ballet / Voluntaries / The Rite of Spring at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 6 June 2011Performance in rep until 11 June 2011

    ‘Steven McRae’s sacrificial Chosen One (a role first danced by the then 20-year-old Monica Mason) is a fireball of an interpretation: aghast at his fate one second, aggressively embracing it the next; in the evening, Edward Watson goes for all-out spiralli… 

  10. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 6 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    ‘Quite how the show justifies itself as dance theatre isn’t the issue so much as the question: why? What, beyond supplying cheap burlesque shocks, does Dave St-Pierre think he’s doing? (Sabrina, in a telling aside, remarks on how dancers are the ultimat… 

  11. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 6 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    ‘While St-Pierre is working hard at being scandalous, he uses gender stereotypes so casually that I wonder if he’s noticed them. His use of male nudity tends to be comic. A dozen naked men put on blonde wigs and squeak through baby talk. When the women take… 

  12. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 6 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    No stars ‘An unforgivable 110 minutes straight through, Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! is essentially an alternation of deliberately lobotomous naked cavorting – including plenty of real spitting and simulated masturbation and bestial sex – and cl… 

  13. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Monday 6 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    ‘The serious theme, if there is one, is that no amount of sexual frankness can disguise our longing for emotional tenderness, and for that you can keep your clothes on.’  

  14. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Guardian blog, Saturday 4 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    ‘… the experience was the most unpleasant I’ve ever had in a theatre. And the rest of the show? Lazy, derivative and very, very provincial, with more walk-outs than I’ve ever seen at Sadler’s Wells.’ 

  15. Dave St Pierre in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Saturday 4 June 2011Performance 2 - 4 June 2011

    ‘It’s under-nuanced, over-predictable stuff stretched thinly across a good 50 minutes of the show.’  

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