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  1. Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 30 July 2014Performance 28 - 31 July 2014

    Yuri Smekalov’s domineering Tybalt; Alexander Sergeyev’s Mercutio, had bright dramatic fire, and my eye was held by the dancing of Nadezhda Batoeva as Juliet’s friend and by Vasily Tkachenko’s troubadour. 

  2. Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Zoë Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 30 July 2014Performance 28 - 31 July 2014

    Vladimir Ponomarev’s Lord Capulet staggers through the action in full-on ham mode, every movement overwrought and unlikely. There are heavy-handed, Soviet-friendly class issues, too. Romeo and his friends flirt respectfully with hard-working tavern girls; Tybalt, being… 

  3. Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 30 July 2014Performance 28 - 31 July 2014

    …her [Juliet] first meeting with Romeo led to her unleashing a stage-devouring but – in time-honoured Mariinsky fashion – entirely tasteful sequence of skips and jetés that took the breath away… 

  4. Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Standard, Wednesday 30 July 2014Performance 28 - 31 July 2014

    …it’s more concerned with spectacle than getting-under-your-skin storytelling. There’s too much grand scene-setting, too much filling in time while the hefty scenery is being changed; a lot of padding that detracts from any real emotion. 

  5. Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 30 July 2014Performance 28 - 31 July 2014

    Vladimir Shklyarov is a near flawless Romeo, with clear buoyant lines in his dancing and selfless romantic intensity in his acting. Diana Vishneva’s Juliet is exquisitely responsive, maturing from childish wilfulness to a stricken awareness of the forces ranged aga… 

  6. News: Dance Mentoring Programme participants 2014/15

    Wednesday 30 July 2014 by carmel smith 0 Comments

    Twenty dancers have been chosen to take part in a mentoring programme organised by Dance UK and Dancers' Career Development... Continue Reading

  7. Mariinsky Ballet 'Romeo and Juliet'  - Viktoria Tereshkina and VladimirShklyarov. Photo Valentin Baranovsky

    Review: Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 30 July 2014— Performance: 28 - 31 July 2014

    I count myself very fortunate to have seen this British debut of Xander Parish - a young man who left the Royal Ballet to further his career in St Petersburg in 2010.  Continue Reading

  8. Aracaladanza 'Clouds'

    Review: Clouds - Arcaladanza - Southbank

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Wednesday 30 July 2014— Performance: 26 - 30 July 2014

    Rolling tables and cast members dancing with their shadows, comical bobbing heads on springs above oversized overcoats and a dance in which everyone wore scuba diving flippers, and of course fluffy clouds with le… Continue Reading

  9. English National Ballet - Coppélia - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 28 July 2014Performance 23 - 27 July 2014

    Coppélia is a frivolous show; it’s interesting as an example of 19th-century ballet but as a piece of theatre it’s inconsequential. This is a well executed production but hardly makes the case for ballet as a relevant, living art. When will someone make a story ball… 

  10. Arthur Pita - Nobody's Baby, The World’s Greatest Show - Paul Hamlyn Hall

    Press Review 4Laura Thompson, Telegraph, Monday 28 July 2014Performance 26 July 2014

    In this one-off performance at the Paul Hamlyn Hall – the great iron and glass structure where people drink champagne during intervals at the Royal Opera House – the space becomes a tatty dance hall, draped with US flags and ringed with audience seats. 

  11. Arthur Pita - Nobody's Baby, The World’s Greatest Show - Paul Hamlyn Hall

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 28 July 2014Performance 26 July 2014

    There’s so much to love about this piece, except for the fact that its story must not only exhaust the dancers, but the audience too. Pita rightly wants us to feel the special circle of hell in which his dancers are trapped. But at two and a half hours, Nobody̵… 

  12. Mariinsky Ballet -  'Swan Lake'_Uliana Lopatkina. Photo: Mikhail Logvinov

    News: Mariinsky Ballet - London 2014 summer season

    Monday 28 July 2014 by carmel smith 0 Comments

    As one of the world's oldest ballet companies arrives at the ROH, Lyndsey Winship has the low down on who to look out for... and Sarah Crompton talks to Xander Parish, the first British dancer to join the company Continue Reading

  13. News: Beats for Peace across the world

    Friday 25 July 2014 by carmel smith 0 Comments

    Dancers in Sydney, London & Glasgow performed Rafael Bonachela's choreography simultaneously on Saturday 12 July at midnight BST, in the Big Commonwealth Dance. Watch a video.. Continue Reading

  14. Swing Patrol, 2011

    News: Swing Patrol success in the Dragons' Den

    Friday 25 July 2014 by carmel smith 0 Comments

    Dragon Deborah Meaden, a dance enthusiast since her stint on Strictly, has invested £65k in an already highly successful London based swing dance group.. Continue Reading

  15. Wendy Whelan 'Restless Creature'. Photo: Christopher Duggan

    Review: Wendy Whelan - Restless Creature - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Graham Watts, Friday 25 July 2014— Performance: 22 - 24 July 2014

    Unquestionably one of the greatest ballet dancers ever to emerge from the USA, now aged 47, Wendy Whelan is still dancing and at the very peak of her form, albeit now exploring new territories in contemporary dance... Continue Reading

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