July 2011

  1. les ballets C de la B Alain Platel / Frank Van Laecke in Gardenia at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 4 July 2011Performance 29 June - 2 July 2011

    ‘Platel’s choreography has a tendency to overrun, and it feels both predictable and anticlimactic when, at the show’s conclusion, we are treated to a recording of Judy Garland delivering “Over the Rainbow” to a house full of ecstatic gay men… 

  2. les ballets C de la B Alain Platel / Frank Van Laecke in Gardenia at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 4 July 2011Performance 29 June - 2 July 2011

    ‘There’s much conspicuous shoe-changing in the course of a long 110 minutes, and rummaging for make-up items around a table. No doubt this is what these game old guys get up to of an evening, but it’s hardly riveting.’ 

  3. Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE. Photo: F.A.

    Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE

    Friday 1 July 2011

    It is with regret that the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) announces that Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE has decided to retire as its President. Dame Antoinette’s Presidency has spanned a period of unprecedented … Continue Reading

  4. Matthew Bourne in 3D

    Friday 1 July 2011

    Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was broadcast in 3D on Sky last Sunday. Bourne talks about the process of filming the production in 3D and his thoughts about dance on TV, “I thought about Swan Lake and de… Continue Reading

  5. Dance! The Most Incredible Thing About Contemporary Dance at BBC Four

    Press Review Keith Watson, The Metro, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 30 June - 1 July 2011

    “For the initiated, Dance! The Most… (they really should have edited that title) was an incredible archive of clips of contemporary dance greats. But, better still, for the unversed, it was a terrific sampler for an art form that, hands up here, moves me more… 

  6. New Royal Ballet Director

    Friday 1 July 2011

    Kevin O’Hare has been announced as the Royal Ballet‘s next director. Mark Monahan debates the consequences of the decision, “O’Hare is not a choreographer, and nor does he appear to have … Continue Reading

  7. Romeo & Juliet

    Friday 1 July 2011

    Peter Schaufuss takes a break from rehearsing his production of Romeo & Juliet, coming to the London Coliseum 11-17 July, to explain what it’s like working with two of the hotest Bolshoi Ballet stars, … Continue Reading

  8. les ballets C de la B Alain Platel / Frank Van Laecke in Gardenia at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 29 June - 2 July 2011

    “But even in the mincing, prancing, posing activity there is a kind of forlorn elegance. Suffused with images of physical decay and mortality it is one of the saddest spectacles I have witnessed of late.”  

  9. les ballets C de la B Alain Platel / Frank Van Laecke in Gardenia at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 29 June - 2 July 2011

    “the striking feature of the show is not gender but age. The performers are mature men, misshapen and wrinkled by time, yet when they put on dresses and make-up they reverse the clock. Their feminine selves carry none of the regrets of age, none of its baggage, … 

  10. Cocteau Voices at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 17, 19, 22, 24, 25 June 2011

    “Collins uses three male and three female dancers to dissect the relationship but the result, while technically accomplished, is over-artsy and ultimately unengaging.” 

  11. Royal Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at O2 Arena

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 17 - 19 June 2011

    “With its rock concert-style close-up screens, the production was a huge success, and in case the company repeats it, here are my suggestions….” 

  12. Oh So Totally Rad at Chisenhale Dance Space

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011Performance June 2011

    “Is Kewney’s anti-choreography radical? Are any of the 10 pieces? Probably not, in that all stem from existing traditions. However, in the age of the upscale corporate-sponsored art event, it’s good to know that someone’s asking such questions.” 

  13. les ballets C de la B Alain Platel / Frank Van Laecke in Gardenia at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 29 June - 2 July 2011

    “The clothes swap is a simple device, and a revealing one. But it operates on a level of signals and signs, and the show’s frustrating limitation is its failure to probe the stories beneath the surface.”  

  14. Dance! The Most Incredible Thing About Contemporary Dance at BBC Four

    Press Review James Walton, Telegraph, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 30 June - 1 July 2011

    “At the end, he [Charles Hazlewood ] duly claimed that he’d been converted from a fear of contemporary dance to realising it was his “friend”. (In fact, he’d obviously liked it from the start.) As for the rest of us, such enthusiasm might ha… 

  15. Matthew Bourne's New Adventures in Swan Lake in 3D at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Rachel Ward, Telegraph, Friday 1 July 2011Performance 26 June 2011

    “The resulting performance, when viewed in 3D, is both slick and stunning. The impact of the vibrant staging remains undiminished; if anything it’s more powerful – the illusion of space created around the dancers allows the audience deeper into the acti… 

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