May 2009

  1. The Forsythe Company in Nowhere & everywhere at the same time at Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 7 May 2009Performance 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    ‘The range of movement is considerable. Several dancers burst into hopscotch, jumping from one foot to another. There are classical jumps, and wriggling moves. Solos slip into duets and group dances. One man lies down under a weight, holding his stomach muscles … 

  2. Royal Ballet in Les Sylphides /Sensorium / The Firebird at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Thursday 7 May 2009Performance in rep until 30 May 09

    ‘… Covent Garden hasn’t gone Diaghilev-tastic. Instead, it offers two classic works by Mikhail Fokine, the most important of Diaghilev’s choreographers, and pairs them with something new, a creation by the house choreographer Alastair Marriott.’  

  3. Royal Ballet in Les Sylphides /Sensorium / The Firebird at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 7 May 2009Performance in rep until 30 May 09

    ‘Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes gave their first epoch-making performances 100 years ago. By way of celebration, the Royal is offering The Firebird and Les Sylphides, the latter in a refreshed staging by Monica Mason that revives Benois’s original … 

  4. Alexandra Ansanelli as Aurora in the Royal Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty, 29 April 2008.
Source: Wikipedia.

    News: Alexandra Ansanelli leaves Royal Ballet

    Thursday 7 May 2009

    The American ballerina, Alexandra Ansanelli, currently a Principal with the Royal Ballet, has made a surprise announcement that she is retiring from dance altogether at the end of the current season. Just 28, An… Continue Reading

  5. Review: Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Libby Costello, Thursday 7 May 2009 — Performance: 2 - 4 May 09

    Breakin’ Convention took over Sadler’s Wells this bank holiday weekend with 24 international acts exploding onto the stage and every inch of the mezzanine and foyers filled with b-boys and b-girls bu… Continue Reading

  6. Review: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in Just add water? at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Rhiannon Brace, Thursday 7 May 2009 — Performance: 1-6 May 09

    Performance: 2 May 09 “Culturally and biologically Britain is promiscuous, a dominatrix seductress of big appetites, seemingly unyielding yet irresistible to millions of migrants who arrive bearing exotic … Continue Reading

  7. News: Lagerfeld designs for Ballet Russes cent

    Wednesday 6 May 2009

    In acknowledgement of fashion designer Coco Chanel’s part in the early years of Diaghilev’s company, Karl Lagerfeld will design dresses for the English National Ballet production celebrating the cent… Continue Reading

  8. News: Billy Elliot on Broadway

    Wednesday 6 May 2009

    Stephen Daldrey’s US version of the hit musical has been nominated in 15 categories of the Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Choreography and Actor in a Musical (shared by three boys who share the lead … Continue Reading

  9. Royal Ballet in Les Sylphides /Sensorium / The Firebird at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 6 May 2009Performance in rep until 30 May 09

    ****‘Splendid cast. Splendid performance. A masterpiece honoured. And a triple bill to be emulated.’ 

  10. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in Just add water? at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 6 May 2009Performance 1-6 May 09

    ‘This is a piece heroically full of ideas, although disappointingly they don’t all gel. Jeyasingh’s choreography is less intricately constructed than usual, and dance theatre this ambitious requires expert performances, which not all the company are … 

  11. 'Scattered Crowd'. Part of Focus on Forsythe season, Midland Goods Shed, 1 May 09

    Review: Focus on Forsythe in Scattered Crowd at Midland Goods Shed

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 6 May 2009 — Performance: 1 - 3 May 09

    As part of Sadler’s Wells Focus on Forsythe season the disused Midland Goods Shed was transformed into an art installation by thousands on white balloons suspended in space. Using only white and translucen… Continue Reading

  12. Review: The Forsythe Company in Nowhere & everywhere at the same time at Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 6 May 2009 — Performance: 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    Nowhere and everywhere at the same time offered dance as an art installation in the appropriate setting of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Part of Sadler’s Wells Focus on Forsythe, this piece brought us … Continue Reading

  13. Protein Dance in Dear Body at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 28 - 29 Apr 09

    ‘Dear Body strikes a blow for every perfectly healthy person who has ever looked in a full-length mirror and felt bad.’ 

  14. Protein Dance in Dear Body at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 28 - 29 Apr 09

    ‘There are longueurs in the show, especially in the sequence of frantic, unfocused dances. But the performances are very good, especially Sally Marie as the therapists’ victim.’  

  15. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Gerald Dowler, Financial Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 2 - 4 May 09

    ‘ “Breaking” is to dance as street food is to cooking: its flavours are vibrant, fresh and spicy, a world away from the bland, pre-packaged quality of much of the contemporary and classical world. Breakin’ Convention’09 served up a truly int… 

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