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  1. Bad Boys of Dance 'Rock the Ballet'

    Review: Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Graham Watts, Friday 13 June 2014— Performance: 10 - 28 June 2014

    There is not a glimmer of pretension about this show being high-brow. It is what it says on the tin: let’s Rock the Ballet by dancing to pop music - ...excellently paced & structured. Continue Reading

  2. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The same material is recycled into routines that vary only marginally in response to their music, or to the emerging boy-meets girl narrative. This links Canterna and partner James Boyd in some intense eye-locking and violently bendy duets, and reduces the other men to t… 

  3. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 1ZOË ANDERSON, Independent, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    There’s a slight improvement in the second half, when the dancers give up on the unison shuffling and stick to the flashy bits. The jumps, turns and hip hop spins are efficient. Even so, Rock the Ballet isn’t just a failure as dance, it’s a letdown as cheesy pop fun. 

  4. Bad Boys of Dance - Rock the Ballet - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 10 - 28 June 2014

    The numbers are big on gymnastic displays of strength and flexibility. It’s technically impressive but one-dimensional and only lead dancer James Boyd has the combustive energy to really bring things alive. Generally the emotions on show here are about as genuine as th… 

  5. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 3Sarah Frater, The Stage, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    Their [Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta] commitment, professionalism and charisma remain strong, and even if Acosta lacks the pin-perfect technique of his youth, his acting and artistry more than convince of Romeo’s dilemma. Rojo, too, is faultless as the headstrong Julie… 

  6. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    In Deane’s take everything has to be bigger and broader to fill the vast venue. The recipe is bold patterns and strength in numbers, scores of busy feet, skirts and props all tugging at your attention. (I missed the moment Romeo and Juliet’s eyes met because I was di… 

  7. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    This is classical ballet as hugely entertaining spectacle, yet the arena format is one that is hugely problematic for the form. And clever as Deane is at marshalling large groups of dancers, he fails badly on the small, intimate moments that are key to telling this parti… 

  8. English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Press Review 4Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 13 June 2014Performance 11 - 22 June 2014

    Deane’s unaffected choreography doesn’t soar in quite the same way as Kenneth MacMillan’s more famous Royal Ballet version, but it is attractive throughout and in certain respects – the scenes between Juliet and her family, for example, or Tybalt’s death – ac… 

  9. English National Ballet - Carlos Acosta & Tamara Rojo in 'Romeo & Juliet', Royal Albert Hall, dress rehearsal, 10 June, 2104.  Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

    Review: English National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Albert Hall

    Graham Watts, Thursday 12 June 2014— Performance: 11 - 22 June 2014

    That Rojo is able to command this huge arena so completely is partly attributable to Acosta’s generosity: his Romeo is charmingly understated in a one-sided match that works so well... Continue Reading

  10. Big Dance 2010. Photo: Lara Platman

    News: Rafael Bonachela - Big Dance 2014 choreographer for Trafalgar Square

    Wednesday 11 June 2014 by carmel smith 0 Comments

    There's still time to join a dance which will be taking part simultaneously in London, Glasgow and Sydney... Continue Reading

  11. News: Tamara Rojo - Desert Island Discs

    Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    Catch up with Tamara Rojo's interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young... Continue Reading

  12. Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg - The Roof - Doon Street Car Park, LIFT

    Press Review 2Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard, Wednesday 11 June 2014Performance 22 May - 28 June 2014

    The piece is allegedly inspired by parkour, that thrilling discipline of free-running in urban spaces, but the parkour elements are weak to the point of negligible. The sole saving grace is Dave Price’s soundscape: we hear crunching gravel behind us and instinctively t… 

  13. Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg - The Roof - Doon Street Car Park, LIFT

    Press Review 3Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, Wednesday 11 June 2014Performance 22 May - 28 June 2014

    There is allegorical meat amid the running and fighting, although to deliver on its potential, the show would need to delve much more deeply and reveal something fresh. It’s pretty opaque in places and it’s not clear whether passages of mystical waffle are ironic ref… 

  14. Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg - The Roof - Doon Street Car Park, LIFT

    Press Review 2Lyn Gardner, Guardian, Wednesday 11 June 2014Performance 22 May - 28 June 2014

    The audience stand in the middle of a specially constructed arena. An obstacle course of Toytown-style roofs, chimneys, platforms and performance spaces forms a track around which the hero must run and jump for his life… It should be thrilling but it’s oddly … 

  15. Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg - The Roof - Doon Street Car Park, LIFT

    Press Review 3Paul Taylor, Independent, Wednesday 11 June 2014Performance 22 May - 28 June 2014

    A jump-suited avatar and his foes leap across chasms in the circular makeshift roofscape and flips and tumbles as he fights his foes and progresses up the levels, wins rewards… 

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