May 2009

  1. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 2 - 4 May 09

    ‘…it is a refreshingly inclusive platform, hosting companies “from around the world, and around the corner”, as eager to show off hip-hop’s dance credentials as it is willing to challenge them.’  

  2. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 2 - 4 May 09

    ‘Breakin’ Convention never fails to deliver thrills, surprises and a stonking good time to an audience that packs Sadler’s Wells to the rafters.’  

  3. London Childrens Ballet at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance Apr 09

    ‘What always impresses me is how successfully these many young artists blend together with a real sense of company.’ 

  4. The Forsythe Company in Decreation at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 24 - 26 Apr 09

    ‘It assaults, head-on, the notion of human love as a sublime fusion of the physical and metaphysical, and in its place, invites us to witness a death-struggle: that of the human mind and the body enclosing it.’ 

  5. The Forsythe Company in Decreation at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 24 - 26 Apr 09

    ‘A few utterances are funny. “I hate this,” says Richard Siegal, camply. “Stop the drama.” If only, but it was less than halfway through.’ 

  6. Anton & Erin in Cheek to Cheek at London Coliseum

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 22 - 26 Apr 09

    ‘It all adds up to a glossy package (the spoken bits apart) that somehow never reveals a heart. Could they not have slotted in John Sergeant?’ 

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

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    ‘For me, the sea of pendulums was just about worth seeing, glinting in the evening sun, forever in faint motion, almost as if it was alive. However, an hour and a half is a long time for contemplation. Clearly there were rules to the game Forsythe was playing, but … 

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

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    ‘…the piece is also symptomatic of Forsythe’s recent tendency to restrict his choreographic language to the physical equivalent of a stream of consciousness – introvert doodlings punctuated by apparently random spurts of energy.’  

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

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    ‘The title refers to the phenomenon of gravity; literally so, in that Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall has been hung with 200 pendulums. A shifting cast of dancers occupies this substantial space, and initially it’s hard to work out the organising principle.’ 

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

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 30 Apr & 1 May 09

    ‘As gimmicks go, this was a good one. Fill the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern with 200 tiny pendulums and then set a dance among them. It’s an imaginative idea from one of the world’s most theatrically provocative choreographers and it marked one of the… 

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

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 1-6 May 09

    ‘Using what-we-eat as an inroad into multicultural Britain, this contemporary dance-piece starts superbly and wittily and is packed to the gunwales with ideas.’  

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

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 1-6 May 09

    ‘Initially the thrust of Jeyasingh’s choreography has a propulsive rawness, an almost pugilistic desire to assert itself, perhaps like raw ingredients that have not yet given up their unique flavour for the greater culinary good.’  

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

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance 1-6 May 09

    ‘It’s a subject ripe for exploration but Just Add Water? feels like several attempts at the topic rather than an integrated whole. Moreover, the video projection is filler, and the spoken text rambles. The pure-dance sections are much better but obscured by t… 

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

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance in rep until 30 May 09

    ‘Firebird, however, soars. Mara Galeazzi is feral and febrile in the title role, Gary Avis is at once cartoonish, uncanny and very funny as the evil Kostchei, and the corps (wayward in Sylphides) are terrific.’  

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

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 5 May 2009Performance in rep until 30 May 09

    ‘The Royal Ballet performs many of Diaghilev’s ballets, including Apollo, Les Noces and Prodigal Son, as well as Les Sylphides and The Firebird which feature in this single mixed bill to mark the anniversary.’  

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