July 2011

  1. News: Dancing Across Borders

    Friday 29 July 2011

    A new documentary film, showing in selected London cinemas until 15 August, about a young Cambodian folk dancer, Sokvannara “Sy” Sar, who was introduced to the competitive world of ballet by American… Continue Reading

  2. FELA! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Rosamund Urwin, Evening Standard, Friday 29 July 2011Performance 20 July - 28 August 2011

    “Sahr Ngaujah is extraordinary as Fela, oozing charisma and building a great rapport with the audience, while also revealing his self-aggrandising side.”  

  3. FELA! 20 July - 28 August 2011, Sadler's Wells. Photo: Monique Carboni

    Review: FELA! at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 29 July 2011 — Performance: 20 July - 28 August 2011

    The summer season invariably brings a scattering of musicals that have a strong dance emphasis and this year’s offering from Sadler’s Wells is to revitalise Fela!, an account of the life and times of… Continue Reading

  4. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Neil Norman, Daily Express, Friday 29 July 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “Acosta’s first solo in fellow Cuban Miguel Altunaga’s Memoria offers a fresh insight into the dancer’s evolution, plenty of stretching and rolling that makes the most of his pantherish physicality.”  

  5. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 29 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    “These are early works, witness to qualities central to his genius: visual sophistication, as seen in Clavé‘s prodigious designs (even in this over-laundered account); dramatic clarity, in the progress of the ballets; roles that encourage a dancer to shin… 

  6. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 29 July 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “Premieres Plus keeps the best bits from last year, with Zanowsky bringing emotional depth to Kim Brandstrup’s Footnote to Ashton, and Acosta reprising his frankly erotic take on Russell Maliphant’s Two”  

  7. Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 29 July 2011Performance 27 - 30 July 2011

    “ Will Tucket’s newly included duet On Before (formerly danced by the Ballet Boyz) makes for a tender, organic opener. And, whatever the material, Acosta and Yanowsky are always watchable.”  

  8. Carlos Acosta 'Premieres Plus' Photo: Johan Persson

    Review: Carlos Acosta in Premieres Plus at London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Friday 29 July 2011 — Performance: 27 - 30 July 2011

    The journey from dancer to director is a path that Carlos Acosta treads very carefully. As he recently demonstrated in front of 12,000 people at the O2, performing Romeo last month, he is still – at 38 … Continue Reading

  9. Cloud Dance Festival: Firefly at Pleasance Theatre

    Press Review Lindsey Clarke, londonist, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 22 - 24 July 2011

    ‘Still self-funding and nomadic, Firefly emerges as a statement of intent, a reflection of the festival’s ambition to continue showcasing ace new contemporary dance and modern ballet and to find a theatre of its own in order to adopt its flickering new name.’ 

  10. Review: Cloud Dance Festival: Firefly at Pleasance Theatre

    Libby Costello, Wednesday 27 July 2011 — Performance: 22 - 24 July 2011

    Bringing Firefly to a close on Saturday was perhaps the most anticipated artist of the evening. Tommy Franzen, of So You Think You Can Dance fame, performed Royal Ballet soloist, Kristen McNally’s *DonR… Continue Reading

  11. James Cousins 'Taste Water Again'
Photo: Mikah Smillie

    Review: Cloud Dance Festival: Firefly at Pleasance Theatre

    Lise Smith, Wednesday 27 July 2011 — Performance: 22 - 24 July 2011

    Cloud Dance Festival, the thrice yearly celebration of all things contemporary, is back after a one-year hiatus. This July’s lineup includes some stellar names over three nights – notably Tommy Franz… Continue Reading

  12. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    ‘Lopatkina, however, is very special indeed. The grande dame of the Mariinsky, she is a dancer both in complete command technically and incapable of making a lazy or unconsidered movement.’ 

  13. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    ‘This is not a dramatic Swan Lake; the company dance with calm refinement, not urgency. There’s a lovely spring to the corps de ballet’s detailed footwork, with buoyant little jumps – yet they’ve been grander in the sweeping lines of swan… 

  14. Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 25 - 28 July, 6 & 8 August 2011

    ‘It seems I am writing more of a love-letter than the critical review of a performance dictated by my responsibilities to the readers of this newspaper. But I found in this Mariinsky performance an inevitability of means of expression, which defines the identity… 

  15. English National Ballet in Roland Petit Triple Bill: L'Arlesienne/ Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ Carmen at London Coliseum

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Wednesday 27 July 2011Performance 21 - 23 July 2011

    ‘The audience at the London Coliseum was treated to a thrilling display of virtuosity on Friday night when Ivan Vasiliev, the 22-year-old Bolshoi sensation, took the lead role in Roland Petit’s ballet Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.’ 

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