April 2014

  1. les ballets C de la B - Alain Platel’s tauberbach - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 9 April 2014Performance 8 - 9 April 2014

    …one man’s dress-up games with the clothes around him, another’s childish sex play – yanking at a woman’s knickers, baring his own bottom – evolves into a dysfunctional but curiously tender imitation of an erotic duet.  

  2. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo 'LAC'

    Jean-Christophe Maillot

    Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Carmel Smith

    The artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo - at the London Coliseum with 'Lac' a modern interpretation of 'Swan Lake' - talks to the Guardian's Judith Mackrell Continue Reading

  3. Richard Alston Dance Company's 'Phaedra'. Photo: Tony Nandi

    The Oliver Awards 2014

    Monday 7 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    The Society of London Theatre’s 39th annual Oliver Awards will be presented at the Royal Opera House this Sunday 13 April. The awards honour the best in London’s drama, musicals, opera and dance, and… Continue Reading

  4. Members of the National Youth Dance Company rehearse Akram Khan's Vertical Road. Image: Tony Nandi

    Making the case for youth dance

    Monday 7 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    The success of initiatives like Big Dance, and TV talent shows such as Sky 1’s Got to Dance and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, has inspired ever-increasing numbers of young people to start dancing… Continue Reading

  5. Savion Glover - SoLe Sanctuary - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Sunday 6 April 2014Performance 3 - 6 April 2014

    Glover is no less adventurous and resourceful. He and Davis establish tap-patterns, embroider them with both wit and some muscular ferocity, pass them one to another, start to shift dynamic schemes and adopt them to their own bravura ends.  

  6. English National Ballet - Lest We Forget - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 6 April 2014Performance 2 - 12 April 2014

    Khan’s Dust, for which Jocelyn Pook has composed a haunting choral score, superimposes tableaux of the men at the front with the women they left behind. In one profoundly affecting sequence, Khan places himself at the heart of a rolling wave of impacted bodies. O… 

  7. New Adventures - Lord of the Flies - The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review 5Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Saturday 5 April 2014Performance 2 - 5 April 2014

    …by the end of an absorbing two hours you have completely forgotten that only eight professional dancers are involved. You are simply gripped by the power and emotion of the storytelling.  

  8. Savion Glover - SoLe Sanctuary - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Neil Norman, The Stage, Friday 4 April 2014Performance 3 - 6 April 2014

    Utterly unique, he tales no prisoners, makes no concessions to facile entertainment. This show, featuring just two dancers, little musical accompaniment and a Buddhist monk who sits cross-legged in a corner, is more ritual than performance; a test of endurance for both… 

  9. Savion Glover - SoLe Sanctuary - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 4 April 2014Performance 3 - 6 April 2014

    With his body hunched in concentration, his hands beating their own, internalised time signature, Glover can lose himself completely in the variations of one-eight count pattern – tiny vibrations of his foot registering minute fractions of rhythm.  

  10. Sir Bruce Forsyth. Image courtesy of the BBC

    Bruce Forsyth to quickstep down from Strictly

    Friday 4 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    It’s nice to see you (but not on Saturday nights) for presenter Bruce Forsyth as the surprisingly sprightly 86-year-old entertainer announced he will no longer host BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Sir … Continue Reading

  11. Savion Glover

    Savion Glover - SoLe Sanctuary - Sadler's Wells

    Samantha Whitaker, Friday 4 April 2014 — Performance: 3 - 6 April 2014

    Watching Glover dance is like nothing else. It’s powerful, hypnotic & intense. Although the relentless unadulterated rhythms may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s something everyone should e… Continue Reading

  12. Wild Boys: Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies in rehearsal

    Friday 4 April 2014

    William Golding’s classic dystopian novel Lord of the Flies is getting the New Adventures treatment, as Matthew Bourne’s company begin opens its new show in Salford this week. The production, which f… Continue Reading

  13. Savion Glover - SoLe Sanctuary - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 4 April 2014Performance 3 - 6 April 2014

    There’s something tantric about the endless build-up of beats, never quite reaching a climax, and a sense of spirituality pervades the whole show, with Glover beatifically channelling his tap gods.  

  14. Savion Glover talks about the serious business of tapdance

    Friday 4 April 2014 by Lise Smith

    American tapdancing legend Savion Glover is in London this week for four nights of live improvisations, dazzling footwork and irresistible rhythms. He talks to Metro and The Telegraph about his new show SoLe San… Continue Reading

  15. English National Ballet - Lest We Forget - Barbican Theatre

    Press Review 4Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Thursday 3 April 2014Performance 2 - 12 April 2014

    Of all the choreographers, Akram Khan is the one who pulls the willing ENB dancers most firmly onto his own terrain.  

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