October 2013

  1. Jan Martens - Sweat Baby Sweat - The Place

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 7 October 2013Performance 4 & 5 Oct

    …a seriously intimate duet that’s like an intensely slow acro-balance routine for a couple who literally can’t let each other go. With dancer Kimmy Ligtvoet balanced on Steven Michel’s thighs or hanging by her feet from his neck, they are claspe… 

  2. Frédérick Gravel - Usually Beauty Fails - Central Saint Martins

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 7 October 2013Performance Fri 4 & Sat 5 October

    …this comes the closest to crossing the border between a dance show and an actual gig. Gravel dances, sings, plays guitar and even does inter-song banter, although his is about the nature of beauty and vulnerability rather than the “Hello, Cleveland!” type.  

  3. Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's 'Aeternum'. Photo Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

    A crisis in contemporary ballet?

    Monday 7 October 2013 by Lise Smith

    Writing in the New Republic, Jennifer Homans argues that "intimacy and emotion are so hard to find in ballet today". Is contemporary ballet in crisis? Continue Reading

  4. Paul-André Fortier - Vestiges - The Place

    Press Review Graham Watts, dancetabs.com, Monday 7 October 2013Performance 3 & 4 October

    Fortier moves with the refined grace of a man who has been dancing for half a century but there is also surprising speed, flexibility and athleticism, not least in a long sequence of rapid arm movements as he strives to keep pace with Goldstein’s accelerating sounds.  

  5. Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – EChO Seminar and Thinking With The Body

    Press Review Paul Arrowsmith, dancetabs.com, Monday 7 October 2013Performance 3 October 2013

    Persevere and you will discover an exhibition that is genuinely provocative, multi-layered, visually and aurally – and as cerebrally demanding as any McGregor stage work.  

  6. Royal Ballet's 'Don Quixote' Carlos Acosta as Basilio. Photo Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

    Royal Ballet - Don Quixote - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 6 October 2013Performance 30 Sep - 6 November 2013

    Clearly this production needs a lot of work, particularly the structure and choreography of Act 1. But its heart’s in the right place, its faults are more or less fixable, and with a fair wind it could even find a lasting place in the repertoire.  

  7. Russell Maliphant - Still Current - ArtsDepot

    Press Review Paul Arrowsmith, dancetabs.com, Saturday 5 October 2013Performance 2 October

    Still / Current is a marvellously evocative title for Maliphant’s work, capturing the mercurially elusive quality of his choreography and his own dancing. And the good news is that Maliphant is back on stage (for some tour venues at least).  

  8. Invisible structures - Wayne McGregor talks about new work Atomos

    Friday 4 October 2013 by Lise Smith

    Wayne McGregor talks to Judith Mackrell about the making of his new work Atomos, opening this week (9 - 12 Oct, Sadler's Wells)...  Continue Reading

  9. LA Dance Project. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    L.A. Dance Project - Mixed Bill- Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 4 October 2013 — Performance: 2 - 4 October 2013

    This small West Coast based group will be barely two years old when Millepied leaves to lead Paris Opera Ballet, but it seems to me that he will have done more than enough to have put it on the map for good... Continue Reading

  10. NuProjeks - Dance Your City 2012

    Dance Your City is back - win a chance to perform with Nobulus!

    Friday 4 October 2013 by Lise Smith

    There's still time to get your entry in for Dance Your City 2, but hurry - entries close on 25 October. One dance group will win the chance to perform in Nottingham with Austrian company Nobulus.  Continue Reading

  11. 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition medallists with the judges. Image: Andrew Ross.

    Genée International Ballet Competition Glasgow 2013

    Friday 4 October 2013 by Lise Smith

    The finals of the Genée International Ballet Competition, held annually by the Royal Academy of Dance, were held in Glasgow this weekend. Two British dancers received bronze medals: Natasha Watson, 17, from Ba… Continue Reading

  12. Mark Bruce Company - Dracula - Tobacco Factory, Bristol

    Press Review 4Louise Levene, Telegraph, Friday 4 October 2013Performance 25 - 28 September

    It’s an exemplary piece of dance theatre: imaginatively staged and briskly told. There are welcome flashes of almost vaudevillean humour but Mark Bruce remains in total tonal control and the chuckle count is unusually low.  

  13. Paul-André Fortier - Vestiges - The Place

    Press Review 2Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 4 October 2013Performance 3 & 4 October

    It’s as if the two men are walking the tightrope of their own semi-improvised dialogue. But while that’s a fascinating premise, it remains too forbiddingly abstract to sustain an hour-long performance.  

  14. Dog Kennel Hill Project - testing new waters

    Friday 4 October 2013 by Donald Hutera

    One of this year's Dance Umbrella commissions takes place on a narrow boat on Regent's Canal. See it from Granary Square (King's Cross) and the towpath for free...  Continue Reading

  15. Russell Maliphant - Still Current - ArtsDepot

    Press Review Katie Columbus, The Stage, Thursday 3 October 2013Performance 2 October

    An extra dimension is added to the performance – although standing still, Mbi looks as if he’s moving thanks to a stunning strobe technique projected onto his bare torso. It’s nightmarish and distorted – a very clever tromp l’oeil.  

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