August 2011

  1. Boy Blue Entertainment, Touch production images. Photo: Jonnie Malachi

    Boy Blue Entertainment in BBE: Touch at The Pit, Barbican Centre

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 3 August 2011 — Performance: 28 - 30 July 2011

    Reviewed: 28 July 2011 Street dance may have started life as a small scale, improvised dance form but the shows that dominate our stages today are often large format, spectacular mass choreographies like ZooNati… Continue Reading

  2. FELA! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Paul Harper, Tottenham & Wood Green Journal, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 20 July - 28 August 2011

    “One of the hardest parts was often deciding where to look with so much happening on stage.One unforgettable scene featured dancers, one after the other, circling and throwing themselves towards a drummer before a blistering climax.” 

  3. Dance helps problem solving

    Tuesday 2 August 2011

    Dr Peter Lovatt explains how dance can have a positive effect on people with Parkinson’s disease and that it can also help with problem solving. Ian Tucker, Observer, 31 July.11 Continue Reading

  4. A Brit in the Mariinsky

    Tuesday 2 August 2011

    Xander Parish was in the Royal Ballet corps de ballet when he was spotted by Yuri Fateyev, then teacher at the Mariinsky Ballet. When Fateyev was appointed artistic director of the Mariinsky he invited Parish t… Continue Reading

  5. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 29 July - 1 August 2011

    “Ksenia Ostreikovskaya danced the “Prelude” solo, with its delicate “listening” gestures. Her hints of mime would be almost too sweet, but they’re danced with a light spontaneity that warms the whole solo.”  

  6. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    “It is a brilliantly conceived characterisation, but you slightly miss the Lopatkina who had made fewer decisions about the role, and was making more discoveries.” 

  7. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “The nine short, occasionally indistinguishable works – by choreographers including Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup and Acosta himself – convey not one iota of joy, no hint that any of this might be a source of pleasure, for onlooker or performer.” 

  8. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 29 July - 1 August 2011

    “Yana Selina floated exquisitely in the arms of Alexander Parish (lately of the Royal Ballet and now an elegant Mariinsky danseur). Maria Shirinkina ravishingly coasted on the air in the Mazurka, and Xenia Ostreikovskaya danced the Prelude on an ecstatic phrase.… 

  9. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “Yanowsky and Acosta, amid the encircling gloom, are engaged in incomprehensible encounters which convey unease, anger and sheer desperation”  

  10. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “The solos work better than the duets, Acosta showing off his pantherine grace in Miguel Altunaga’s Memoria, Yanowsky revealing an introspective side in Kim Brandstrup’s Footnote to Ashton.” 

  11. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    “For 37-year-old Lopatkina, a gravely beautiful figure with sea-grey eyes and the most eloquent arms in ballet, her art form has always been a quasi-religious calling. And indeed there is a strong sense of ritual in the unfolding of this time-burnished text.” 

  12. Mariinksy Ballet 'Homage to Fokine - Chopiniana' Dancer: Yana Selina. Photo: Natasha Razina

    Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 2 August 2011 — Performance: 29 July - 1 August 2011

    Reviewed: 29 July 2011 An homage to Fokine has been a regular feature in recent Mariinsky seasons at the Royal Opera House. Mikhail Fokine was the first of Serge Diaghilev‘s choreographers and the fact tha… Continue Reading

  13. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 2 August 2011Performance 29 July - 1 August 2011

    “Ekaterina Kondaurova as the Firebird dominated the performance. Her nimble, darting style and sustained characterisation exactly captured the Firebird’s fearsome independence.”  

  14. Mariinsky Ballet 'Swan Lake' Dancers: Ekaterina Kondaurova, Evgeny Ivanchenko. Photo: V. Baranovsky

    Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 2 August 2011 — Performance: 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    Review: 28 July 2011 The Royal Ballet is still a couple of decades short of celebrating it’s centenary and so it is a salutary thought that the Mariinsky Ballet of St Petersburg was already 150 years old w… Continue Reading

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