August 2008

  1. Review: Shobana Jeyasingh’s 2Step and others

    Libby Costello, Thursday 28 August 2008 — Performance: Aug 08

    Out of the blocks – into the abyss With each passing Olympic year the hand over ceremony has become more than just a passing of the baton. Rather it has become a chance to trump the current hosts and wet t… Continue Reading

  2. Chunky Moves in Mortal Engine at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Mark Brown, Telegraph, Thursday 28 August 2008Performance

    ‘No matter how exquisite the performers’ movements are (and Chunky Move is clearly blessed with fine dancers), they are ultimately absorbed and overwhelmed by the technology.’ 

  3. Rosas/Ictus at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Thursday 28 August 2008Performance Coming to Sadler's Wells Sep 08

    ‘A long haul? Certainly. But an extraordinary evening, too.’ 

  4. Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray at Edinburgh Festival 2008 & coming to Sadler's Wells 2 - 14 Sep 08

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Thursday 28 August 2008Performance

    ‘Ultimately, the piece is much more interesting for what it could do than what it does do – which is apt for a work about the mismatch between subtext and surface.’  

  5. Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray at Edinburgh Festival 2008 & coming to Sadler's Wells 2 - 14 Sep 08

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Thursday 28 August 2008Performance

    ‘No one is better than Matthew Bourne at finding ways to re-imagine old stories in new dance. So when he announced that he was taking Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and transmuting into the present day its haunting tale of a man who sells his soul f… 

  6. Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray at Edinburgh Festival 2008 & coming to Sadler's Wells 2 - 14 Sep 08

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 28 August 2008Performance

    ‘Lez Brotherston’s designs can set up a scene or a character in an instant, and Terry Davies’s atmospheric score moves from sinister hums to plucked mandolin. The cast are terrific. Richard Winsor is a pouting Dorian, switching in an instant from vul… 

  7. Review: Various in Watch this Space at National Theatre

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 27 August 2008 — Performance: 21st - 25th August 2008

    The Olympics has landed – gold goes to dance! On the eve of their completion in Beijing, the National Theatres ‘Watch this Space’ event opened its floor for an Olympic dance weekend, celebrati… Continue Reading

  8. Review: Factoria Mascaro in The Garden of Wonders at Trafalgar Square

    , Friday 22 August 2008 — Performance: 21-24 August 2008

    A new wonder illuminated Trafalgar square as Factoria Mascaro offered their creation for the Bank holiday weekend. The tame description given by the organisers of the Trafalgar Square Festival did not fully enc… Continue Reading

  9. Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance 8 - 10 Aug 08

    ‘Amazing turns unroll in quick succession, with the Little Swans replaced by four captivating frogs and a dazzling hat-dance by the corps de ballet ending in a cheeky series of fouettés. And somehow director Zhao Ming’s entrancingly strange choreography make… 

  10. Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance 8 - 10 Aug 08

    ‘Wu Zhengdan as the Swan Princess is remarkable: she has the line, style, looks and technique of a ballerina, yet one who can perch on pointe on the Prince’s shoulder, turning in arabesque, and finally — the moment we have all been waiting for — o… 

  11. New Art Club at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Donald Hutera, Times, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘Ultimately what is being celebrated here, with no little irony and by an engagingly circuitous route, is dance as one of the truest means of self-expression. It’s a message worth heeding, especially when put across with such expert timing and tongue-in-ch… 

  12. State Ballet of Georgia at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Independent on Sunday, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘Nothing in the State Ballet of Georgia is as rare as its artistic director. And if that sounds like an indictment of Nina Ananiashvili’s stewardship of her native company during four years in charge, it also recognises that talent like hers flowers only once… 

  13. State Ballet of Georgia at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘It would be hard to imagine a company undertaking a prestigious foreign engagement in more testing circumstances than faced the State Ballet of Georgia in the big opening dance event of the Edinburgh International Festival.’ 

  14. State Ballet of Georgia in Giselle at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘Some productions bring the ghostly Giselle on with a special effect, but here Ananiashvili simply steps on stage with such crisp precision that it appears magical. When she raises her arms, in a single long phrase, she seems to draw power up from the earth, bre… 

  15. State Ballet of Georgia in Mixed Bill at Edinburgh Festival 2008

    Press Review Alice Bain, Guardian, Wednesday 20 August 2008Performance

    ‘Both Ananiashvili and the Bizet score, in all its twinkling, silent-movie drama, are stars.’  

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