April 2013

  1. Dance UK National Choreographers’ Conference

    Friday 12 April 2013 by Sarah Kearney 4 Comments

    The National Choreographers’ Conference is the only open national event for choreographers. Anyone who is a choreographer can attend, no matter what stage you are in your career or which area you work in. F… Continue Reading

  2. Peter Shaufuss Ballet - 'Midnight Express'  Photo: John Ross

    Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Thursday 11 April 2013 — Performance: 9 - 14 April 2013

    To be fair, there is a strong sense of theatre throughout the show. I can’t fault the performances either, not least in Johan Christensen’s heroic, late replacement of Polunin. Continue Reading

  3. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Keith Watson, The Metro, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    We should be shocked, moved and horrified by the ordeal of Hayes in prison, but here we simply shrug our shoulders as our pretty hero suffers attractively at the hands of a mean Turkish prison guard who has copied his signature move from the Ministry of Silly Walks.  

  4. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    Midnight Express is not gritty, and it’s not subtle either. Whether that’s prison guards straight out of a George Michael video jerking their bodies to the Giorgio Moroder synth soundtrack, or Benjamin Whitson’s interrogation officer spanking Christensen with a s… 

  5. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    The piece is a gaping yawn of banalities, of musical indignities, meriting incarceration in a Turkish slammer, and justifying desertion by any dancer having a conscience about choreographic blatancies.  

  6. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    The cast, however, do their best. Christensen, very fair and young looking, gives a touching account of a naïve kid traumatised and brutalised by suffering: his dancing shines through the limited choreography with clarity and authority.  

  7. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 1Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    For one thing, the entire, flimsily-designed, patchily performed enterprise seems ill-conceived. If half of your company is female, why on earth set something in a men’s prison? Having half of the inmates played by women is ridiculous. For another, the choreography i… 

  8. Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Midnight Express - London Coliseum

    Press Review 1Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 11 April 2013Performance 9 - 14 April 2013

    Johan Christensen replaces Polunin as Billy Hayes. Having learned the role in three days, he throws himself into it, dancing Schaufuss’ dreadful choreography with athletic commitment.  

  9. Mikhailowsky Ballet in Nacho Duato's 'Prelude' Photo: John Ross

    Mikhailovsky Ballet - Without Words/ Nunc Dimittis/ Prelude - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 10 April 2013 — Performance: 7 April 2013

    Like the Mikhailovsky itself, Nacho Duato’s choreography is not so familiar to a London audience and we have – it would seem – been missing out. Continue Reading

  10. It's a man's world - or is it?

    Wednesday 10 April 2013 by Carmel Smith 1 Comment

    'Some Like it Hip Hop' stars Lizzie Gough & Teneisha Bonner have been out and about in the city - not that you'd recognise them... Continue Reading

  11. English National Ballet - Ecstasy & Death

    English National Ballet - special ticket offer

    Wednesday 10 April 2013 by Carmel Smith

    See Tamara Rojo's first programme for the company -with best available dress circle seats for £35 (usually £67- £40) or upper circle for £25... Continue Reading

  12. Royal Ballet - La Bayadère - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Louise Levene, Telegraph, Wednesday 10 April 2013Performance 9 April - 22 May 2013

    Marquez has her moments – her Fille Mal Gardée is enchanting – but although she struck the right orientalist note with her sinuous arms and bendy spine, her balances looked effortful and her pas de bourrée lacked the grace of a ghostly apparition.  

  13. The Place Prize 2013

    Judging The Place Prize

    Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Carmel Smith

    Find out more about this year's finalists in a series of short video interviews - and the judges their work needs to impress.. Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet - La Bayadère - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Siobhan Murphy, The Metro, Tuesday 9 April 2013Performance 9 April - 22 May 2013

    the corps works incredibly hard to make the famous, hallucinatory Shades scene – a distillation of dazzling classicism – look truly transporting; Akane Takada and Fumi Kaneko’s solos are delicate delights.  

  15. The Rite of Spring

    Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Sarah Kearney

    Jenny Gilbert (Independent) takes an in-depth look at what led to that infamous riot at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913. Continue Reading

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