October 2008

  1. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 - Crises/Xcover/Biped at Barbican

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Thursday 2 October 2008Performance 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘Merce Cunningham is a wonder. The US choreographer is now 89, and makes his post-show stage appearances in a wheelchair. But, having pretty much reinvented human movement over many decades and more than 200 elliptical works, he remains, as ever, at the absolute cu… 

  2. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 - Crises/Xcover/Biped at Barbican

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 2 October 2008Performance 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘Some stage pictures are instantly gripping. When the curtain goes up on Merce Cunningham’s Crises, two dancers stand some distance apart. They’re turned at an angle to each other, poised but watchful. Light slants through a haze. In a moment, Crises… 

  3. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 - Crises/Xcover/Biped at Barbican

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Thursday 2 October 2008Performance 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘The curious trajectories and unlikely alignments of Cunningham’s choreography seem driven by a unity of purpose he claims not to possess, and the whole feels uncharacteristically romantic. It’s beautiful, captivating, uplifting — a work of gen… 

  4. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 – Crises/Xover/Biped at Barbican

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Thursday 2 October 2008Performance 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘Merce Cunningham’s opening programme at the Barbican produces a dizzying sense of his seeming immortality. Its most recent piece was made this year, as Cunningham turns 90; its earliest was made nearly half a century ago in 1960. Both works display the vi… 

  5. 'Akram Khan'
by Darvish Fakhr, 2008 
oil on canvas 
Commissioned with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation  
© National Portrait Gallery, London

    On the wall

    Wednesday 1 October 2008

    Akram Khan is currently appearing alongside dancers Adam Cooper and Anthony Dowell – on the walls of Room 38 in the National Portrait Gallery, which has the theme of Performance. Painted in sepia coloured… Continue Reading

  6. Young choreographers: advice from Merce

    Wednesday 1 October 2008

    “Watch people in the street – you can learn so much from the way they move. A person stepping off a kerb, for example, usually ends up using their right foot.” Read more in the Guardian, 30 Sep 08 Continue Reading

  7. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 – Crises/Xover/Biped at Barbican

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 1 October 2008Performance 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘Crises from 1960 is shorter and funnier than Biped (1999) and Xover (2007). Its dancers seem sharper and more engaged and that gives the piece a compact humour that’s a pleasure to watch.’  

  8. Morphoses - The Wheeldon Company in Six Fold Illuminate/Commedia/Fools’ Paradise at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 1 October 2008Performance 24 - 27 Sep 08

    ‘I still find it [Fools’ Paradise] over-long, but it is a serious, fascinating ballet. And Wendy Wheelan inhabits its linear virtues and its eye-holding poses with amazing and flawless artistry.’ 

  9. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Programme two at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 1 October 2008Performance 16 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    ‘Bouquets to him (Raffaele Morra) for a reading that bridges two worlds: that of Giselle as a flower of romanticism too often betrayed by under-cast and under-educated danseuses, and that of brilliant travesty playing.’ 

  10. Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Programme 1 – Crises/Xover/Biped at Barbican

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 1 October 2008 — Performance: 30 Sep - 4 Oct 08

    30 September 2008 Although many mistakenly thought it had opened the night before with De Keersmaeker’s tribute to Steve Reich at Sadler’s Wells, Dance Umbrella, the major London contemporary dance f… Continue Reading

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