May 2012

  1. Dancers rehearse Lea Anderson's new work at Southbank Centre, 31 May, 2012. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    News: Flagging up the Jubilee

    Thursday 31 May 2012 by Mark Doerfel

    This Sunday30 dancers will be on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall using semaphore flags to send a message to Her Majesty in a new work by choreographer Lea Anderson. Continue Reading

  2.  Danza Contemporanea De Cuba 'Sombrisa' Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Review: Danza Contemporanea De Cuba at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 30 May 2012 — Performance: 29 May - 1 June 2012

    A slow beginning transformed into an upbeat ending in which the vitality of the material at last brought out the very best in the skill, musicality and athleticism of these outstanding dancers. Continue Reading

  3. Danza Contemporanea de Cuba - Triple Bill

    Press Review 2Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 30 May 2012Performance 29 May - 1 June 2012

    The finest dancing shows effort husbanded for the tremendous moment. Undisciplined – as it manically is in this appearance by Danza Contemporánea – it bangs at our sensibilities, hammers on and relentlessly on, and is a thumping bore.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/00c2a7… 

  4. Danza Contemporanea de Cuba - Triple Bill

    Press Review 3Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Wednesday 30 May 2012Performance 29 May - 1 June 2012

    I found Sombrisa, by Netherlands-based Israeli Itzik Galili, the most captivating piece. Its pattering percussion score (Steve Reich’s Drumming) offers the choreography more texture than foothold, so Galili has to construct his own compositional framework.  

  5. Akademi in Westminster Hall. [detail] Reproduced with the permission of Parliament.

    News: Akademi goes to parliament

    Wednesday 30 May 2012 by Mark Doerfel

    The leading South Asian Dance organisation is creating a site specific piece for the 900 year old Westminster Hall to be performed on 5 July Continue Reading

  6. Review: Company Chameleon - Springloaded at The Place

    Misa Brzezicki, Tuesday 29 May 2012 — Performance: 25 & 26 May 2012

    Anthony Missen & Kevin Edward Turner can't be accused of being workshy. As well as choreographing & performing, they've turned their hands to scriptwriting, acting & film for this production. Continue Reading

  7. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Sunday 27 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    You may smile at Mr Bourne’s early adventures, then, and marvel a little. But best save your cheers for the superior sophistication of his Play Without Words, next up for revival.  

  8. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Sunday 27 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    …like his work or resist it, his productions capture an audience’s attention, speak frankly and engagingly, and earn affection.  

  9. News: ACE announces two new grant commissions

    Friday 25 May 2012 by Hannah Dye

    ACE has announced two major new grant commissions now open for work with children and young people.  Continue Reading

  10. Vera Tussing 'You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet'  Photo: Tom Cornille

    Review: Vera Tussing You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet

    Misa Brzezicki, Friday 25 May 2012 — Performance: 22 & 23 May 2012

    Any possibility of passive watching is out; by heightening awareness of layers of sound & vision, Tussing engaged on another level. To be blunt, it’s harder work than watching your average dance piece. Continue Reading

  11. Emio Greco | PC 'Rocco' Photo: Laurent Ziegler

    Review: Emio Greco | PC at Southbank Centre

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Friday 25 May 2012 — Performance: 22 & 23 May 2012

    Walking into the QEH you half expected to smell cigarettes & sweat, and to feel the stickiness of spilt beer underfoot. A boxing ring occupied the stage, complete with ringside seats and a haze of smoky fog … Continue Reading

  12. New Adventures Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures - 'Spitfire'. Photo Roy Tan

    Review: Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 23 May 2012 — Performance: 19 - 26 May 2012

    Spitfire / Town & Country / The Infernal Galop Reviewed: 22 May 2012 I imagine that Matthew Bourne’s earliest adventures involved a radiogram, permanently set to the Light Programme and dishing out jolly … Continue Reading

  13. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    The Early Adventures are three dances by a pre-Swan Lake Matthew Bourne, who made clever, musically sophisticated in-jokes and let the box-office take care of itself.  

  14. Royal Ballet - Ballo Della Regina/ La Sylphide at Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 21, 22, 24, 26(Mat/Eve) May, 7, 12, 15 June 2012

    Johan Kobborg’s staging of La Sylphide is the best I know, the most sensitive to Bournonville’s drama and manner. And Steven McRae’s James is the finest (bar one) that I have known in all my years of adoring this beautiful flower of Romanticism.  

  15. Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 23 May 2012Performance 19 - 26 May 2012

    he images and jokes whirl deliriously by, and if the evening’s overall structure becomes slightly repetitious, the wit of the performances and Lez Brotherston’s immensely clever redesign more than compensate.  

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