Hans Christian Andersen was a charmingly brilliant storyteller. His stories and characters are among the most iconic in children’s, and world literature for that matter. However, they often don’t end very we… Continue Reading
Darcey Bussell discusses her involvement in an upcoming Audrey Hepburn documentary, transitioning from Prima Ballerina to Mum, and why she’s happy to play Strictly’s good cop. “I know what it’s… Continue Reading
Hans Christian Andersen’s Christmas tear-jerker is given a new lease of life in an endlessly inventive and triumphant production… How does Pita do it?
The material created by by this line-up of fresh choreographic talent establishes a novel aesthetic: one that is animal-like, pedestrian, athletic but with the odd flash of conventional technique – a high l… Continue Reading
Girl fails to sell matches. Small body found on frozen pavement. Not a natural subject for a Christmas treat, but Arthur Pita’s 2013 dance version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl manages to transform this unpromising material into an inventive and …
A very enjoyable flight of the imagination.
The Match Girl dances like a survivor with an alternately spritely briskness & a flat-footed grounded quality, to thumping beats that contrast with the lacy snowy landscape... Continue Reading
ENB’s current Nutcracker, made by the company’s then director Wayne Eagling in 2010, is actually a rather grown-up interpretation of the Christmas ballet, with its demure tone and muted colour palette.
Over the past 60 years, ENB’s annual December seasons have become as integral to enhancing London’s Christmas spirit as the Oxford Street lights... Continue Reading
Kate Prince is another choreographer-director who never loses sight of her audience’s wish to be entertained, and The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party sets about the task with riotous energy.