May 2014

  1. Bruno Beltrão - self portrait. Source: Wikipedia

    News: Bruno Beltrão - transforming hip hop

    Friday 30 May 2014 by Mark Doerfel

    Pushing at the boundaries of street dance is at the heart of Brazilian artist Beltrão's work. 'Crackz' (part of LIFT festival, 3 & 4 June) is created from 'found' material online... Continue Reading

  2. Rosas and Ictus - Vortex Temporum - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 30 May 2014Performance 27 - 29 May 2014

    This is music and dance that’s about structure and texture, that grows its own logic on stage over the course of an hour as motifs build in circles and cycles: an Escher staircase of descending chords that never reach the bottom; bodies running in loops like planets al… 

  3. Flash Mob - Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 2Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 30 May 2014Performance 27 May - 8 June 2014

    Does what works on TV translate to the stage? Accomplished all-rounder Tommy Franzen pulls it off, but not Alleviate, a duo whose formula of high kicks, big lifts and heavy handed emotions looks like all effort and no artistry. 

  4. News: Carlos Acosta to retire from classical ballet

    Thursday 29 May 2014 by Mark Doerfel

    Speaking at the Hay on Wye Festival, the ballet superstar said he'll carry on for another two years, ending with a production of 'Carmen' for the Royal Ballet... Continue Reading

  5. ADAD Trailblazer Showcase - Exposure. The Place, 31 May 2014. Photo: Messrs.

    News: ADAD's Trailblazers - on show this weekend

    Wednesday 28 May 2014 by Carole Edrich

    The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora showcase the work of Idrissa Camara, Cindy Claes, Cleo Jahlake and Denise Rowe at The Place on Saturday. Carole Edrich finds out more about the Trailblazer programme... Continue Reading

  6. Hetain Patel 'American Boy' Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Review: Hetain Patel - American Boy - Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Tuesday 27 May 2014 — Performance: 20 & 21 May 2014

    In addition to being a lot of fun, 'American Boy' could be seen as a diagnostic tool by which to measure just how saturated one is in the pop mythology of Superheroes and Transformers, teenage goofball … Continue Reading

  7. Rambert - Dutiful Ducks / Four Elements / Rooster / Sounddance - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 25 May 2014Performance 20 - 24 May 2014

    Altogether it’s an engaging enough programme, particularly the American works, but a quantum leap away from anything innovative in today’s terms. So once again, what is Rambert for? 

  8. Thick and Tight. Photo: Margherita Elliot

    Review: GOlive Extended - Thick and Tight & 70/30 Split - Lion and Unicorn Theatre

    Josephine Leask, Thursday 22 May 2014 — Performance: 20 May - 7 June 2014

    The two duos are thinking men and women’s cabaret. Clever, naughty, innovative & punchy works by both are what I now associate with Donald Hutera's fringy new festival... Continue Reading

  9. Rambert in Lucinda Child's 'Four Elements'. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Review: Rambert - Dutiful Ducks / Four Elements / Rooster / Sounddance - Sadler's Wells

    Lara Hayward, Thursday 22 May 2014 — Performance: 20 - 24 May 2014

    The brilliance of Rambert is that they can take on the work of any choreographer and perform it with conviction and vigour. Overall this mixed bill is a complex treat. Continue Reading

  10. Rambert - Dutiful Ducks / Four Elements / Rooster / Sounddance - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, Wednesday 21 May 2014Performance 20 - 24 May 2014

    …this 1990 helping of minimalism is, for all its evidently immaculate construction, a sub-Merce Cunningham yawnfest that the company would do well to abandon… That said, Cunningham fans in search of the real thing are elegantly catered for on this bill, which… 

  11. Rambert - Dutiful Ducks / Four Elements / Rooster / Sounddance - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 5Zoe Anderson, The Independent, Wednesday 21 May 2014Performance 20 - 24 May 2014

    Christopher Bruce’s Rooster swaggers back into Rambert’s repertory, as fabulous as its Rolling Stones soundtrack and much funnier. It’s the irresistible heart of a sharp, varied and gorgeously danced mixed bill. 

  12. Rambert - Dutiful Ducks / Four Elements / Rooster / Sounddance - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Gaurdian, Wednesday 21 May 2014Performance 20 - 24 May 2014

    Performed against a swagged gold curtain, and accompanied by David Tudor’s pulse-racing electronic score, it has 10 dancers bursting on to the stage to enact choreography of joyous, mind-tingling complexity. 

  13. Alison McWhinney dances 'A Million Kisses to my Skin' for English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer 2014, at The Lyceum Theatre, London on May 19, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

    Review: English National Ballet - Emerging Dancer Competition - Lyceum Theatre

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 20 May 2014 — Performance: 19 May 2014

    Declaring a tie in a contest where six eminent experts choose between six aspiring hopefuls might ordinarily be termed a cop-out.. but Junor Souza & Alison McWhinney were in an altogether different league... Continue Reading

  14. Le Patin Libre. Photo: Rolline Laporte.

    News: Dance Umbrella - new directions in 2014

    Tuesday 20 May 2014 by Mark Doerfel

    The first programme under new Artistic Director Emma Gladstone includes ice skating, flamenco, hip hop & new work for babies... Continue Reading

  15. Junor Souza & Alison McWhinney - winners of English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer competition. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

    News: ENB's Emerging Dancer winners

    Tuesday 20 May 2014 by Mark Doerfel

    For the first time the award is shared by two dancers - Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza. Continue Reading

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