May 2006

  1. Katherine Dunham in 1946

    News: Katherine Dunham

    Wednesday 31 May 2006

    - the African American dancer and choreographer who bought black dance traditions to a wide audience died recently at the age of 96. ‘Few people excel, as Katherine Dunham did, in two different spheres of … Continue Reading

  2. London Childrens Ballet in The Scarlet Pimpernel at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 31 May 2006Performance

    ‘This season’s choice (a first for ballet) was The Scarlet Pimpernel, with an original score by Ben Foskett and characterful choreography by David Fielding that spread the zest and charm throughout the age range.’ 

  3. Les Ballets C. de la B. in 'vsprs' at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 31 May 2006Performance 17-20 May

    The set is splendid: towering icebergs constructed from white fabric tatters. The theme, apparently, is madness, and I got madder as this piece — one of the most insufferable events I have endured — battered its way through 90 minutes.’ 

  4. Rambert Dance Company in bloom/Pond Way/Constant Speed at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 31 May 2006Performance 22-27 May

    ‘We and the dancers deserved better value than this piece, Bloom, commissioned — goodness knows why (except as fodder for the whooping and whistling teenagers in the audience) — from Aletta Collins.’ 

  5. English National Ballet in The Canterville Ghost at New Wimbledon Theatre

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 25 May - 4 June

    ‘Sweetly eccentric, comically charming, colourfully spooky and jolly entertaining, it’s a terrific boost to ENB’s repertoire.’  

  6. Tango por Dos in La Historia at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 24 May - 11 June

    ‘in your face and enjoyably over-the-top entertainment in which smooth sophistication rubs shoulders with lip-smacking salaciousness and kitsch.’  

  7. English National Ballet in The Canterville Ghost at New Wimbledon Theatre

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 25 May - 4 June

    ‘Will Tuckett’s idea of turning Oscar Wilde’s beguilingly spooky novella into a children’s ballet has been inspired.’  

  8. News: Will Tuckett

    Tuesday 30 May 2006

    With Will Tuckett’s production of The Canterville Ghost currently being performed by the English National Ballet, Judith Mackrell charts his career as choreographer and dancer. “He’s had succes… Continue Reading

  9. Rambert Dance Company in bloom/Pond Way/Constant Speed at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 22-27 May

    “Merce Cunningham’s Pond Way, a work that’s both a demanding exercise in technical control and a contemplation of the natural world so coolly satisfying that you want it not to end.” 

  10. English National Ballet in The Canterville Ghost at New Wimbledon Theatre

    Press Review Zoë Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 25 May - 4 June

    “The Canterville Ghost was planned as a family show, and as such it hits enough of the right buttons.”  

  11. Rambert Dance Company in bloom/Pond Way/Constant Speed at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Geraldine Bedell, Observer, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 22-27 May

    On Mark Baldwin’s Constant Speed, “the company dances like particles in motion: kaleidoscopic, unpredictable, sometimes graceful, sometimes gawky.” 

  12. English National Ballet in The Canterville Ghost at New Wimbledon Theatre

    Press Review Geraldine Bedell, Observer, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 25 May - 4 June

    “This adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novella is packed with incident and visual delight.” 

  13. Tango por Dos in La Historia at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 30 May 2006Performance 24 May - 11 June

    “these dancers explore the tango, embroider it with wit and tireless ingenuity, tear into it like demons or caress it with huge affection” 

  14. News: Rayne Fellowships for Choreographers

    Friday 26 May 2006

    The four winners of the first Rayne Fellowships for choreographers have been announced. Adam Benjamin, Laila Diallo, Luca Silvestrini and Sue Smith, have been awarded an initial £10,000 each. The Rayne Fellowsh… Continue Reading

  15. News: Man Walking Down the Side of Tate Modern

    Friday 26 May 2006

    This Bank Holiday Monday brings a rare opportunity to see one of American choreographer Trisha Brown’s best known works daringly restaged at Tate Modern. The influential Man Walking Down the Side of a Buil… Continue Reading

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