December 2013

  1. Probe 'Running on Empty' Photo: by Matthew Andrew

    News: Antonia Grove - profile

    Monday 23 December 2013 by Deborah Jones

    Antonia Grove, Artistic director of Probe, talks to Guardian Professional about funding, gender inequality and the importance of being in control of her own career trajectory. Continue Reading

  2. Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

    News: Dance TV viewing for Christmas

    Monday 23 December 2013 by Deborah Jones

    Here's our selection of dance films and performances that you can curl up and watch over the Christmas period from the comfort of your sofa. Continue Reading

  3. Compagnie 111 'What's Become of You' Stéphanie Fuster & Alberto Garcia

    Feature: Introducing London International Mime Festival

    Friday 20 December 2013 by Laura Dodge

    Artistic Director Joseph Seelig gives the low down on shows with the most dance appeal in the annual festival of visual theatre which kick starts the new year... Continue Reading

  4. Marianela Nunez and The Royal Ballet in 'Diana and Actaeon' 2012. Photo Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

    News: Help decide who wins Olivier Awards

    Thursday 19 December 2013 by carmel smith

    The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is looking for members of the public to join their expert panels of professional and public judges for the Olivier Awards. Find out how to join the dance panel... Continue Reading

  5. The Wind in the Willows - Duchess Theatre

    Press Review 3Rachel Ward, Telegraph, Wednesday 18 December 2013Performance 11 December 2013 - 1 February 2014

    For me, the show would really benefit from less aimless skipping and more defined dance. Nevertheless, this is an energetic, enjoyable and atmospheric production and its sense of community will resonate with everyone at this time of year  

  6. Royal Ballet - Jewels - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 18 December 2013Performance 17, 20, 28, 30 Dec 2013 & 7 Jan 2014

    George Balanchine’s Jewels (1967) is a craftsmanlike homage to – in turn – the French Romantic tradition (Emeralds), the jazz and pizzazz of Broadway (Rubies) and the grandeur of the Mariinsky of the 1890s (Diamonds). It is also unquestionably a vivid and detaile… 

  7. Royal Ballet - Jewels - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 18 December 2013Performance 17, 20, 28, 30 Dec 2013 & 7 Jan 2014

    This year, anyone who has seen one too many Nutcrackers can find a sparkling alternative inJewels, George Balanchine’s triptych of abstract, musically sophisticated ballets, which comes gift-wrapped in shamelessly glittery designs.  

  8. The Wind in the Willows - Duchess Theatre

    Press Review Ben Dowell, The Stage, Wednesday 18 December 2013Performance 11 December 2013 - 1 February 2014

    The dancing offers a simple yet nonetheless mesmeric introduction to ballet for youngsters. And even if there is probably a bit too much mime for very young audience goers, the characterisation of the animals – such as Christopher Akrill’s old-man-of-the-woods … 

  9. Royal Ballet's Thiago Soares & Marianela Nunez in 'Diamonds' Photo: Tristram Kenton, courtsey ROH

    Review: Royal Ballet - Jewels - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 18 December 2013 — Performance: 17, 20, 28, 30 Dec 2013 & 7 Jan 2014

    The corps de ballet was utterly enchanting, providing a perfect setting for the spectacular performance of The Royal Ballet's own Koh-I-Noor diamond, Marianela Nunez, who sparkled with confidence and the opu… Continue Reading

  10. The Wind in the Willows - Duchess Theatre

    Press Review 5Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Tuesday 17 December 2013Performance 11 December 2013 - 1 February 2014

    …crucially the show itself is not old-fashioned in the way of some festive family dance (we’re looking at you, Nutcracker). It still feels fresh, fun and full of delight.  

  11. The Wind in the Willows - Duchess Theatre

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 17 December 2013Performance 11 December 2013 - 1 February 2014

    I think it tremendous fun. Here, as a most welcome Christmas treat – amusing but also heart-touching – is Will Tuckett’s version of The Wind in the Willows as dance-drama, and an entertainment for almost all ages (if not the teeniest ankle-biters) given with grea… 

  12. New Adventures - Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake'. Photo Bettina Strenske

    Review: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 17 December 2013 — Performance: 4 December 2013 - 26 January 2014

    The perennial iconic image of Bourne’s production will always be the cascading flow of fourteen male swans, wearing Brotherston’s iconic high-waisted, feathery pantaloons... Continue Reading

  13. 'The Wind in the Willows' Photo: Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

    News: Toad, Ratty, Mole and friends go to the West End

    Monday 16 December 2013

    Will Tuckett's dance version of 'The Wind in the Willows' has just begun an eight week run at the Duchess Theatre Continue Reading

  14. Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 16 December 2013Performance 4 December 2013 - 26 January 2014

    Bourne’s present cast, led by Simon Williams’ haunted prince and Jonathan Ollivier’s vividly-drawn Swan, do admirably well by him. The orchestra is cunningly amplified. The design by Lez Brotherston is skilled. Swan Lake is notable by its absence. 

  15. Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 16 December 2013Performance 4 December 2013 - 26 January 2014

    Eighteen years on, this clever subversion of the Swan Lake story still works for ballet aficionados and dance first-timers alike. 

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