October 2009

  1. Royal Ballet 'Mayerling' Royal Opera House. Dancers: Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi. Photo: Johan Persson

    The Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 13 October 2009 — Performance: in rep until 10 Nov 09

    Reviewed: 12 Oct 09 The Royal Ballet has opened its ’09/10 season with Mayerling in tribute to its late choreographer, Kenneth MacMillan, by marking the 80th anniversary of his birth. It possesses the most… Continue Reading

  2. Bodies in Urban Spaces
Paris
Photo Lisa Rastl

    Dance Umbrella on the streets

    Monday 12 October 2009

    This year’s Dance Umbrella on the streets event is Bodies In Urban Spaces. Audiences in other cities from Vienna to New York have already seen Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner’s ‘moving body… Continue Reading

  3. African Crossroads at Royal Opera House

    Libby Costello, Monday 12 October 2009 — Performance: 9 Oct 09

    Two works from the African Crossroads element of Dance Umbrella 2009 were on offer at the Royal Opera House on Friday. It’s been a big week for the venue with the opening of the Royal Ballet Autumn Season … Continue Reading

  4. Jiri Kylian with Michael Schumacher 'Last Touch First' 8-9 Oct, The Place. Dance Umbrella 09. Photo: Robert Benschop

    Jiři Kylian & Michael Schumacher in Last Touch First at The Place

    Katie Fish, Monday 12 October 2009 — Performance: 8 & 9 Oct 09

    Ji?í Kylián & Michael Schumacher’s UK premiere opens on a Chekhovian tableau with six individual characters, each caught up in their introspective worlds and yet inextricably connected. Their habitat… Continue Reading

  5. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Wind Shadow at Barbican

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 12 October 2009Performance 6 - 10 Oct 09

    ?Wind Shadow is a thrilling extension of Lin’s ongoing exploration of the combined power of kinetic sculpture and the elements. It may be more art installation than dance, but it’s a knock-out, whatever you call it.? 

  6. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 12 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ?Watson turns in a horribly believable performance. The company responds by doing what it does best, finding superb dramatic subtlety in a work of violent extremes.? 

  7. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 12 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ***?This first night had some underpowered performances, but the ballet still makes an impact.? 

  8. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 12 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ?If you want to see the Royal Ballet at its very best, this is a revival to catch.?  

  9. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 12 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ?There is a lot of narrative ground to cover, some of which could quite happily be trimmed (the brothel scene, the emperor?s birthday party), but the ballet?s strength lies in the amazing pas de deux for Rudolf and his lovers.?  

  10. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 12 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ?For all its flaws, Mayerling remains one of the monumental achievements of 20th-century dance-theatre , and you should stoop to any depths for a ticket.? 

  11. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Wind Shadow at Barbican

    Libby Costello, Friday 9 October 2009 — Performance: 6 - 10 Oct 09

    *Wind Shadow* was a show of two halves. On the one hand the beautiful choreography which has become synonymous with the name Cloud Gate Dance Theatre was lacking, but on the other, a departure from their Far Eas… Continue Reading

  12. On If We Go On...

    Friday 9 October 2009

    Charlotte Vincent is Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre, the company she founded in 1994. Described by The Observer’s dance critic Luke Jennings as ‘One of the UK’s most challengingly … Continue Reading

  13. In the Spirit of Diaghilev

    Thursday 8 October 2009

    Javier De Frutos, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor talk about the work they’ll be premiering at Sadler’s Wells next week (13 – 17 Oct), marking the centenary of the fo… Continue Reading

  14. Nicky Bentley

    Thursday 8 October 2009

    Choreographer and dance teacher at Pineapple Studios for the last 25 years died recently, aged 48. Read an obituary in the Guardian, 7 Oct 09 Continue Reading

  15. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Thursday 8 October 2009Performance in rep until 10 Nov 09

    ***’ It does, of course, require tip-top dance-actors, and at last night’s opening night Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi came close, although neither danced with the clarity we know they possess.’ 

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