Unlike Cloud Gate’s best work, Rice as a whole doesn’t maintain this shimmering, transporting intensity, and, although only 70 minutes straight through, it feels longer. It does, however, leave plenty of elegant images in the memory, as if from a beautiful, partial…
The climactic melee is thunderously exciting – Hofesh Schechter meets The Tower of Babel. But the work is far too generalised and employs too many stereotypes to make a lasting impact.
Arthur Pita is rapidly becoming the go-to guy for offbeat, off-the-wall and consummately entertaining dance. For his first tutu creation Pita turns to Shakespeare’s _A Midsummer Night’s Dream _ and the result is far from faithful and lots of fun
Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream shows Ballet Black’s dancers at their most classical – then gleefully twists that upside down in a burst of Shakespeare-inspired mayhem. The company have never looked better.
The result is a production packed with serenely Mount Fuji-esque backdrops, lavishly billowing silk costumes, and delightfully outlandish, boggle-eyed monsters. The choreography, meanwhile, demonstrates Bintley’s customary narrative clarity: you invariably know exact…
The thrills came instead from Lauren Cuthbertson…she burst on to the stage as though she were actually looking forward to the notoriously fiendish Act One Rose Adagio, then proceeded to nail it all with…a hint of heady joy.
Lin’s choreography possesses its own design maxim, his bodies regularly shaped into angular curves and spirals, requiring considerable strength and skill from Cloud Gate’s ensemble of outstanding performers. Continue Reading
What I found well-nigh irresistible is how well Claes and company – advocates of change who recognise equality and justice for women as a universal imperative – cloak their message in feel-good humour. Continue Reading
Lauren Cuthbertson danced with confidence and aplomb - a sleeping beauty returning to play 'The Sleeping Beauty' with her movements and gestures softened and poses that were disciplined & refined wi… Continue Reading
Considering how many cooks have stirred the broth of this work since its creation in Imperial Russia in 1890 it is a miracle that it has survived with such integrity.
Cloud Gate’s exemplary dancers exude the intense concentration of martial arts masters… But what is most exotic is something less visual but totally tangible: the treatment of time.
Lin Hwai-min casts his net wide. But not deep enough, I felt, to bring any persuasive dance to the stage.
The problem is that the presentation of such discriminatory cliches is itself a cliche. Andy Pink’s music is pleasurably atmospheric, but Silvestrini’s choreography fails to get the best out of an excellent cast of dancers.