April 2010

  1. Archive - Recommended By...

    Tuesday 13 April 2010

    2007 Recommended by… Betsy Gregory The Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella sees around 160 shows a year. In the next few weeks her hot tips are emerging European choreographers at The Place and an old fav… Continue Reading

  2. Eddie Ladd in Ras Goffa Bobby Sands/ The Bobby Sands Memorial Race at The Place

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 10 April 2010

    ‘Running gives Ladd an image of persistence and endurance. A hunger strike is about refusing to do something; running makes effort visible. Ladd makes strong use of this image, with terrific, simple stage design.’  

  3. Royal Ballet in La Fille Mal Gardee at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance in rep until 28 April 2010

    ‘[Yuhui] Choe brings many admirable gifts to her role: delicious feet capable of the finest tracery of steps; a light and easy jump to sail over the complexities of the choreography; a touching sweetness of manner in exploring the drama. Her Lise, in this first … 

  4. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Magia De La Danza at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 6 - 11 April 2010

    ‘Magic was a quality in short supply in this depressing rag-bag of a programme. On the way in, I heard a girl brimful of enthusiasm: “This is the first time I have ever been to the ballet.” I only hope it doesn’t put her off for ever.’ 

  5. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Magia De La Danza at London Coliseum

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 6 - 11 April 2010

    ‘The exception is Acosta, who in the Don Quixote pas de deux, very deliberately removes his hands from Viengsay Valdés’s waist, allowing her to pirouette unsupported. In that tiny but symbolic gesture you can read everything about the journey that he has tak… 

  6. Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Magia De La Danza at London Coliseum

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 6 - 11 April 2010

    ‘If the first half of the night seemed tepid and stiff, the temperature rose considerably in part two thanks to a sparky duet from Coppélia by Gretel Morejón and Yonah Acosta, the nephew of Carlos.’  

  7. Tanztheater Wuppertal in Kontakthof at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 1 - 4 April 2010

    ‘At three hours, such apercus seem hard won, and the music (old tango and waltz records) drives you insane with its repetitions. How much better to cut the show in half and present youth and age cheek by jowl.’ 

  8. Tanztheater Wuppertal in Kontakthof at Barbican Theatre

    Press Review David Jays, Sunday Times, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance 1 - 4 April 2010

    ‘Also hypnotic are Bausch’s trademark “processions”. With measured steps, the dancers circle, smiling enigmatically, heads half-turned, as they rub their hands and smooth their clothes — in unison. I find these magically irresistible; and as… 

  9. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance in rep til 24 April 2010

    ‘She also displays complete mastery of Ashton’s filigree of steps. With a ravishing combination of precision and lightness, she glides across and around the stage, living somewhere deep in the music, weaving graceful shapes with her arms and hands.’  

  10. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance in rep til 24 April 2010

    ‘Saturday’s opening also suffered from a less than radiant Alina Cojocaru in the title role. Her dancing was, as you’d expect from the Royal’s top ballerina, pin perfect, but she lacked the joy you expect from the character.’  

  11. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance in rep til 24 April 2010

    ‘When Cinderella goes to the ball, the magic of the moment is simple and piercing as she steps down from her carriage and a retinue of fairies dart an airy embroidery of homage around her.’  

  12. Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 13 April 2010Performance in rep til 24 April 2010

    ‘…when you have performers such as Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather starring in your ballet you can’t go wrong no matter how badly it’s dressed. Cojocaru is the consummate Cinders…’ 

  13. Youth Dance England, Young Creatives.
Choreographer: Daniel Baker. Photographer: Brian Slater
Courtesy of YDE

    YDE Young Creatives 2010 at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House & touring

    Victoria Hill, Monday 12 April 2010 — Performance: 9 April 2010

    Since its formation in 2004, Youth Dance England (YDE) has been responsible for developing a National Strategy for Youth Dance and in addressing its brief has come up with an annual project that focuses on chore… Continue Reading

  14. Royal Ballet 'Cinderella' Dancers: Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg. Photo: Dee Conway

    Royal Ballet in Cinderella at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 12 April 2010 — Performance: in rep til 24 April 2010

    Reviewed: 10 April 2010 Warmed by the spring sunshine streaming through the vast expanse of glass in the Royal Opera House’s Floral Hall, it suddenly struck me that I’d only ever seen “Cinders… Continue Reading

  15. Eddie Ladd

    Eddie Ladd in Ras Goffa Bobby Sands/ The Bobby Sands Memorial Race at The Place

    Lise Smith, Monday 12 April 2010 — Performance: 10 April 2010

    On the darkened stage of The Place sits a rather menacing, twelve-by-six foot running machine segmented by seven red sensor beams. The dark, shrunken space guarded by beams immediately suggests containment; chor… Continue Reading

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