December 2010

  1. James Wilton

    News: New Year's Resolution!

    Wednesday 29 December 2010

    Resolution! – The Place’s annual platform for new contemporary choreography opens on Thursday 6 January. Between then and Friday 19 February 102 companies and individuals will take part in 34 perform… Continue Reading

  2. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘This is a nice twist, not only because it’s the 70th anniversary of the Blitz itself, or because Bourne makes London the star of his show, but because it allows him to move Cinderella (Kerry Biggin) on from the fairytale into being a grown-up.’  

  3. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 10 - 20 December 2010

    ‘Greater consistency would assist, plus the transformation scene and the Christmas tree are underwhelming. But notwithstanding new production nerves, all danced well, with Daria Klimentova (Clara) and Vadim Muntagirov (the Nephew) strong leads. ‘  

  4. Royal Ballet in Peter and the Wolf / Tales of Beatrix Potter at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 14, 16, 18 December 2010

    ‘There was altogether too damn much gingham and bloating costume, and capering, and macaroni limbs going through the motions of the classic dance, for this observer.’  

  5. Royal Ballet in Peter and the Wolf / Tales of Beatrix Potter at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 14, 16, 18 December 2010

    ‘Even for Christmassy ballet, this is a show with a high sugar content.’  

  6. Royal Ballet in Peter and the Wolf / Tales of Beatrix Potter at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 14, 16, 18 December 2010

    ‘These are trying times, but a world in which Laura Morera is dancing Pig-Wig can’t be all bad.’ 

  7. ROH2 in Faeries at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance to 2 January 2011

    ‘The fairies are beautiful, gossamer-winged puppets, magically animated and voiced by Blind Summit Theatre, and Tuckett’s choreography is fluid and inventive.’ 

  8. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 10 - 20 December 2010

    ‘There’s a particular frisson that can exist between an established ballerina and a younger male dancer – Fonteyn and Nureyev are the most famous exemplars – and this was very much in evidence last week when Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov … 

  9. Royal Ballet in Les Patineurs & Tales of Beatrix Potter at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance in rep until 10 January 2011

    ‘It ends with one of the most unforgettable images in the Royal Ballet repertoire: the Blue Boy, here danced by the brilliant Steven McRae, whirling round and round in a seemingly endless pirouette in the twilight. It’s a sequence charged with the joy of yout… 

  10. Flawless in Chase the Dream at Royal Festival Hall

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 29 December 2010Performance 21 - 23 December 2010

    ‘Four minutes of Flawless is a thrill, but 90 something of an endurance test.’ 

  11. News: Diaghilev's influence on British cinema

    Wednesday 29 December 2010

    “Michael Powell, who drew on 1920s memories of the Diaghilev milieu for The Red Shoes, was just one among a generation of cineastes who found inspiration in the same source.” Read more in the Guardia… Continue Reading

  12. Feature: Christmas Gifts

    Monday 20 December 2010

    *There’s still time to beat the high street crush and shop online! Here’s a few Christmas present ideas on a dance theme…* DVD – Diversity, Dance.Fitness.Fusion A double-disc DVD contain… Continue Reading

  13. Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Friday 17 December 2010Performance to 23 January 2011

    ‘Bourne knows his people, and knows that his combination of the quirky, the sentimental and the Hollywood-referential reaches the places that other dance shows don’t.’ 

  14. English National Ballet in The Nutcracker (Wayne Eagling's production) at London Coliseum

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 17 December 2010Performance 10 - 20 December 2010

    ‘Muntagirov was that prize combination of generous partner and audacious virtuoso, while Klimentova, in the music-box choreography of the grand pas de deux, surely danced the performance of her career.’  

  15. ROH2 in Faeries at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 17 December 2010Performance to 2 January 2011

    ‘The strongest performances come from the onstage puppeteers, dressed in 1940s costumes and giving lively line readings. Fireflies are handheld torches, joined by dragonflies with fluttering wings.’  

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