March 2012

  1. Elektro Kif at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 11 March 2012Performance 2 - 3 March 2012

    There’s a very Parisian freshness and charm about it all, with well-observed vignettes about the boringness of regimented lessons and the fun of cheating in exams. Pace-wise, though, the show could use more light and shade.  

  2. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Mixed Bill

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 11 March 2012Performance 6 - 9 March 2012

    If the piece has no obvious subject beyond a general angst (the silent scream, that long-exhausted cliche, makes several appearances), Kylián sustains our moment-to-moment interest through his exquisitely jointed choreography and the dancers’ refined plastique.  

  3. Ivan Putrov & Sergei Polunin. Men in Motion, Sadler's Wells, 13 - 15 March 2012. Photo: Brett Lloyd

    Sergei Polunin breaks his silence

    Friday 9 March 2012

    In advance of performances of the new Men in Motion programme at Sadler's Wells next week the ex-Royal Ballet Principal gave two interviews... Continue Reading

  4. Daria Klimentova & Vadim Muntagirov in 'Manon'. Photo: David Makhateli

    Russian Ballet Icons Gala at the London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 8 March 2012 — Performance: 4 March 2012

    As befits a gala in honour of one of the biggest names in ballet, the programme was packed with superstar dancers from around the globe. Continue Reading

  5. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Mixed Bill

    Press Review 4Laura Thompson, Telegraph, Thursday 8 March 2012Performance 6 - 9 March 2012

    what comes across is a sense of a company with a unified artistic vision. This, of course, is the achievement of Paul Lightfoot, who – in collaboration with his partner Sol León – also choreographs the most satisfying piece of the evening, Passe-Partout.  

  6. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 - Mixed Bill

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 7 March 2012Performance 6 - 9 March 2012

    The whip-smart timing of this piece [Cacti] as it juggles these incongruous elements is pure pleasure.  

  7. English National Ballet at Tate Britain

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 6 March 2012Performance 27 Feb - 4 Mar 2012

    The most successful and self-contained was Broken, by Hubert Essakow. Set to Hauschka’s mournful Eltern, it deftly captured the intimacy and apartness of Picasso’s The Frugal Repast (1904) and coaxed heartfelt performances from Juan Rodriguez and Anaïs Chalendard.  

  8. The six Emerging Dancer nominees for 2012 are Yonah Acosta, Junor Souza, Barry Drummond, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Nancy Osbaldeston  and Jia Zhang. Photo: Annabel Moeller.

    English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Award 2012

    Graham Watts, Monday 5 March 2012 — Performance: 5 March 2012

    Yonah Acosta won this year’s Emerging Dancer Award, an annual contest run by English National Ballet. He completed the “double” by also winning the People’s Choice Award voted upon by audience … Continue Reading

  9. Anna Pavlova Gala at the London Coliseum

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Monday 5 March 2012Performance 4 March 2012

    If anyone really did claim the great ballerina’s mantle, it was Alina Cojocaru earlier in the evening. As Neumeier’s Dame aux Camélias she achieved a transparency of communication that made the actual steps seem unimportant. Everything she did was tenderness and d… 

  10. Anna Pavlova Gala at the London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 5 March 2012Performance 4 March 2012

    Alina Cojocaru was passionately emotive in Neumier’s La Dame Aux Camélias, Alina Somova the incarnation of a Romantic ballerina in an extract from Giselle, and Svetlana Zakharova a sinuous pleasure in another new work, Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut.  

  11. English National Ballet at Tate Britain

    Press Review 4Louise Levene, Seven Magazine, Telegraph, Monday 5 March 2012Performance 27 Feb - 4 Mar 2012

    Monday’s open class at the Tate showed them looking very well on their winter diet, and when Eagling’s successor takes over in September he (or very possibly she) will find the star-studded company in terrific shape  

  12. Ballet Black at the Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review 3Laura Thompson, Telegraph, Monday 5 March 2012Performance 29 Feb - 7 March 2012

    Captured, by Martin Lawrence, comes third and as a glorious relief…His dark-lit, highly dynamic work, set to the dense and threatening strings of Stostakovich, draws long beautiful lines from Damien Johnson and Joseph Poulton, and demands jagged sharpness from Sa… 

  13. Elektro Kif at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review 3Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 5 March 2012Performance 2 - 3 March 2012

    Blanca Li’s Elektro Kif is an upbeat jumble of street dance, observational comedy and high school clichés. The different episodes go on too long, but Li’s all-male company are bright dancers with cheerful stage presence.  

  14. Elektro Kif at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Sunday 4 March 2012Performance 2 - 3 March 2012

    The material is ingeniously choreographed and it’s performed with real flair. But for all its energy, Elektro Kif suffers from a uniformity of pace.  

  15. Ballet Black at the Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 4 March 2012Performance 29 Feb - 7 March 2012

    Captured, a four-hander set to a taut string quartet by Shostakovich, deftly avoids structural cliche and leaves us wondering about the precise nature of the interactions between the two couples.  

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