It seems that we have entered an era where virtuoso dance skills are being valued much more than the fundamentals... Audiences clamour to see huge jumps and fast, centred pirouettes.. but, ballet is about much more... Continue Reading
An atmospheric environment is captured in the colourful costume and set designs of Yann Seabra & in the charmingly effective musical composition by Frank Moon. Pita squeezes eleven characters from a cast of j… Continue Reading
This is masterful storytelling – using a combination of dance, song, and live music.
Matthew Bourne’s production for New Adventures bubbles over with gothic bright ideas, from puppetry to a forest of sleepwalkers.
Hayward’s dancing is reliably superb, her elegant feet and pliant upper body a gorgeous instrument for the colour and sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score.
Part of my semi-resistance to PanicLab’s admittedly original take on the famous tropes of 'Swan Lake' is that its waters aren’t dark enough – not for my taste, anyway. I’m not sa… Continue Reading
His Agon is a balance between sharp lines and full-bodied movement, musically phrased.
The Agon pas de deux, which he dances with Zenaida Yanowsky, is dispatched with chivalrous precision, and he and Marianela Nuñez have fizzing, high-wire fun with Diana and Actaeon.
This Sleeping Beauty has style and incident in spades, but for all its brash energy, it struggles to connect on an emotional level.
…an exhilarating, entertaining production – and one clearly destined to become a classic of the genre Bourne has made his own.
Conceptually audacious but entirely logical it is a fully realised reimagining; packed with witty asides and details, great ensembles and a fistful of solos, it offers a rich display of Bourne’s choreographic and theatrical invention.