February 2014

  1. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - Rice - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 28 February 2014Performance 27 & 28 February 2014

    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… 

  2. Ballet Black in Arthur Pita's 'A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream',   Cira Robinson as Titania & Jose Alves as Bottom & Isabela Coracy as Puck  . Photo: John Ross

    Review: Ballet Black - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Graham Watts, Friday 28 February 2014 — Performance: 25 February - 4 March 2014

    Like Pancho and her outstanding company, Arthur Pita is also on a roll. His new take on the crown jewel of Shakespeare’s comedies has genius writ larger than a Banksy wall mural... Continue Reading

  3. Protein - Border Tales - The Place

    Press Review Neil Norman, The Stage, Friday 28 February 2014Performance 26 February - 15 March 2014

    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.  

  4. Ballet Black - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review 4Debra Craine, The Times, Friday 28 February 2014Performance 25 February - 4 March 2014

    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  

  5. Ballet Black - Linbury Studio Theatre

    Press Review 4Zoe Anderson, Independent, Thursday 27 February 2014Performance 25 February - 4 March 2014

    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.  

  6. Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Prince of the Pagodas - Birmingham Hippodrome

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 26 February 2014Performance

    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… 

  7. Royal Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Siobhan Murphy, Metro, Tuesday 25 February 2014Performance 22 February - 9 April 2014

    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.  

  8. Darren Ellis

    Interview: 'Meeting Mr Boom!'

    Monday 24 February 2014 by carmel smith

    Darren Ellis' new show for younger audiences started out as a collaboration with composer Ronen Kozokaro, dancers, musicians and a bouncy castle. We wanted to find out more... Continue Reading

  9. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - 'Nine Songs'

    Review: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - Nine Songs - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Monday 24 February 2014 — Performance: 21 & 22 February 2014

    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

  10. Wild Card - Dancehall Takeover. Cindy Claes, Andrea Queens & Natalie Baylie in 'Is My Whining Winding You Up?'. Photo: Camilla Greenwell

    Review: Cindy Claes - Wild Card Dancehall Takeover - Lilian Baylis Studio

    Donald Hutera, Monday 24 February 2014 — Performance: 13 & 14 February 2014

    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

  11. The Royal Ballet's Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora with Matthew Golding as Prince Florimund & Melissa Hamilton as the Lilac Fairy  in 'The Sleeping Beauty' Photo: Tristram Kenton, 2014, courtesy ROH.

    Review: Royal Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 24 February 2014 — Performance: 22 February - 9 April 2014

    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

  12. Royal Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Opera House

    Press Review Neil Norman, Stage, Monday 24 February 2014Performance 22 February - 9 April 2014

    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.  

  13. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - Nine Songs - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 24 February 2014Performance 21 & 22 February 2014

    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.  

  14. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - Nine Songs - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 2Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Monday 24 February 2014Performance 21 & 22 February 2014

    Lin Hwai-min casts his net wide. But not deep enough, I felt, to bring any persuasive dance to the stage.  

  15. Protein - Border Tales - The Place

    Press Review 2Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 23 February 2014Performance 26 February - 15 March 2014

    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.  

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