October 2011

  1. Merce Cunningham Dance Company 'RainForest'
Photo: Tony Dougherty.

    Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 3: RainForest / BIPED at Barbican Theatre

    Lise Smith, Monday 10 October 2011 — Performance: 5 - 8 October 2011

    Reviewed: 8 October 2011 And so, with a final pair of performances at the Barbican Theatre in London, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company takes leave of the UK forever. A predictably full house settled in to the … Continue Reading

  2. Rosemary Lee's 'Square Dances' Top: Gordon Square & below: Brunswick Square.
Photos: Ben Lalague

    Rosemary Lee in Square Dances at Squares

    Katherine de Klee, Sunday 9 October 2011 — Performance: 8 & 9 October 2011

    Review: Saturday afternoon. The squares of London are shared spaces where strangers come together. Some come to meet, but though there is no expectation of privacy, some seek peace and escape. Today there was so… Continue Reading

  3. Ben Hammond with Karen Hardy at The Scoop, More London.

    Join Free to Dance Ben - at The Scoop

    Friday 7 October 2011

    Teacher Ben Hammond has been breaking dancing his way through records this year – all in aid of Learn Burma, the charity he has set up to support education projects in Burma. He became the first person to … Continue Reading

  4. Akram Khan in DESH at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 4 - 8 October 2011

    “Desh is unquestionably Khan’s finest work to date. Beginning with the startling image of him bashing a sledgehammer into a small, grave-like mound, it blossoms into a vivid, humane and amazingly accessible exploration of his past, his family and his cultu… 

  5. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1: Pond Way / Second Hand / Antic Meet at Barbican

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 5 - 8 October 2011

    “Pond Way, with its gluggy Brian Eno accompaniment, offers a group of dancers in hop-frog mode, leaping and pouncing on steps, driven by unguessable aqueous rituals and, frankly, not looking as alert as one would hope.”  

  6. Akram Khan in DESH at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 4 - 8 October 2011

    “Khan dances gloriously, speaks admirably, establishes an imaginative world of uncanny clarity as he layers his own experience against the more remote Bangladesh of his father’s origins.”  

  7. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1: Pond Way / Second Hand / Antic Meet at Barbican

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 5 - 8 October 2011

    “There’s no avoiding the elegiac mood to the evening – not because the dancers or the work is gloomy. Indeed, the first of three programmes reminds you of his impish humour and sense of fun.”  

  8. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1: Pond Way / Second Hand / Antic Meet at Barbican

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 5 - 8 October 2011

    “Yet in the clever opening programme of their final season, Cunningham seems everywhere – and his presence becomes more vivid the further we get from the present.”  

  9. Akram Khan in DESH at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Louise Levene , Seven, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 4 - 8 October 2011

    “His mercurial mime enables him to morph in and out of character with a shape-shifter’s ease, filling the vast space with drama and transforming a solo into a cast of thousands.”  

  10. Jerome Bel in Cedric Andrieux at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 3 & 4 October 2011

    “One of the many pleasures of this solo by choreographer Jérôme Bel for his French compatriot Cédric Andrieux is that it puts the personality of the dancer centre stage and lifts the curtain on the magic act.”  

  11. La La La Human Steps in New Work by Edouard Lock at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 28 Sep - 1 Oct 2011

    “ Lock has developed with his dancers a wired, flick-knife technique that allows them to shift through half a dozen positions in the blink of an eye, and keep on shifting, arms gesticulating in a blur like manic signers, shins operating like trip switches in an ele… 

  12. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Merce Circus at Stratford Circus

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 7 October 2011Performance 1 & 2 October 2011

    “Cunningham was a mercurial choreographer, switching from elegance to vaudeville in a moment. “  

  13. Akram Khan 'Desh' Photos: Richard Haughton

    Akram Khan in DESH at Sadler's Wells

    Lise Smith, Thursday 6 October 2011 — Performance: 4 - 8 October 2011

    Reviewed: 4 October Akram Khan has been part of the UK’s dance consciousness for well over a decade, and yet Desh (“Homeland”) is the choreographer’s first full-length solo presentation. … Continue Reading

  14. Akram Khan in DESH at Sadler's Wells

    Londondance.com, Wednesday 5 October 2011 — Performance: 4 - 8 October 2011

    Also see* Judith Mackrell* &* Luke Jennings* reviews of Desh in Leicester here Continue Reading

  15. Win tickets to seen film of Merce Cunningham's Ocean!

    Wednesday 5 October 2011

    !! Ocean_*_Film of Merce Cunningham’s landmark production by Charles Atlas (2010).*4pm, 8 October 2011. Barbican Cinema 1. Tickets £10.50 (£9.50 online).“www.barbican.org.uk”: On the day of t… Continue Reading

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