February 2008

  1. Review: Retina Dance Company in This is not a body at The Place

    Libby Costello, Friday 29 February 2008 — Performance: 26 February 2008

    A continuous flow of movement provided by Retina Dance Company filled the stark stage at the Place on Tuesday night. Filip Van Huffel’s new work, inspired by artists such as Rene Magritte and Yves Klein, w… Continue Reading

  2. Bounce in Insane in the Brain at Peacock Theatre

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 29 February 2008Performance 27 Feb - 16 March 08

    ‘It’s a bit bonkers and a bit brilliant – and, given that it’s a hip-hop dance theatre take on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, what more could you want?’  

  3. Pierre Rigal in PRESS at The Gate

    Press Review Lyn Gardner, Guardian, Friday 29 February 2008Performance 15 Feb - 8 Mar 08

    ‘a desperate and desperately beautiful 50 minutes that puts the Gate in the forefront of a growing trend that brings theatre and dance ever closer together.’  

  4. Divine Performing Arts in Shen Yun at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 29 February 2008Performance 22 February 08

    ‘There are some authentic pleasures to be seen on stage: fierce demonstrations of drumming; a haunting Chinese violin solo; choreographed set pieces in which the sinuous calligraphy of the dancers’ bodies is elaborated with rippling silks and fans. But too… 

  5. Divine Performing Arts in Shen Yun at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 22 February 08

    ‘This show is advertised as a Chinese spectacular – a kind of Eastern version of Cirque du Soleil. It is nothing of the kind. Acrobatics, singing and dancing skills are used in the service of a propaganda exercise,’ 

  6. Maris Liepa Gala at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 24 February 08

    ‘The usual gala suspects, of course, for such evenings are unthinkable without the frills of the Don Quixote pas de deux, bright under the charm of Natalya Osipova and the soaring elegance of Leonid Sarafanov; a Dying Swan , whose demise I did not regret, from S… 

  7. Bonachela Dance Company in Square Map of Q4S at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 7 & 8 Feb 08

    ‘ The movement, which has been carefully calibrated to fit each detail of music and lighting design, possesses an insinuating sexuality, a non-threatening aggression – these are memories after all – and an unsettling sense of being in the heart of an… 

  8. BalletLORENT in Angelmoth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 27 February 2008Performance 23-26 Feb.08

    “there is much to admire here. Lorent is nothing if not a romantic sensualist. As directed by her, Crompton’s plot may not be watertight but it is certainly intriguing, as well as emotionally sophisticated in its treatment of such themes as temptation, sac… 

  9. Interview: Liv Lorent Q&A

    Friday 22 February 2008

    *Choreographer Liv Lorent has developed a reputation for intriguing, site-specific, intergenerational work with her Newcastle based company BalletLORENT.* *One of her most recent works, The Ball toured to over… Continue Reading

  10. New York City Ballet, London Coliseum. 'Serenade' 12, 14, 16 March.08.  Chor: Balanchine. Dancers: Maria Kowroski and Jenifer Ringer. Photo: Paul Kolnik

    News: New York City Ballet

    Wednesday 20 February 2008

    London hasn’t seen the full company for 25 years – and they’re coming to the Coliseum this month – opening on 12 March. Since Balanchine died in 1983 there have been a lot of changes. Th… Continue Reading

  11. China Now Logo

    News: China Now

    Wednesday 20 February 2008

    China Now – the UK’s largest ever festival of Chinese culture – takes place in 2008 to coincide with the Chinese New Year and continues through to the Beijing Olympics. With over 800 events ac… Continue Reading

  12. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘The Rite of Spring comes almost as light relief. Of all Bausch’s work, it’s the most dancerly, most gorgeous.’ 

  13. Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater in Cafe Muller/The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 13 - 22 Feb 08

    ‘Although Café Müller and The Rite of Spring are celebrated pieces, each has been seen only once in the UK before (in Edinburgh) and this is only Tanztheater Wuppertal’s fifth visit to London.’ 

  14. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘Modern dance is very new to China. This young company has strong dancers but weak choreography. There’s a mix of styles and influences here, an attempt to remake a Western tradition on Chinese terms. It hasn’t yet taken root.’ 

  15. Beijing Modern Dance Company in Oath – Midnight Rain/Unfettered Journey at Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 18 February 2008Performance 14 - 16 Feb 08

    ‘With a double bill featuring a musical remix of Peking opera and choreography that explores elements of t’ai chi, this is dance that could only have come out of China.’  

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