October 2015

  1. Hussein Chalayan - 'Gravity Fatigue' at Sadler's Wells, Oct 15. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Review: Hussein Chalayan - Gravity Fatigue - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Friday 30 October 2015 — Performance: 28 - 31 October 2015

    For the main part 'Gravity Fatigue' is brilliant. There are times when it seems just bonkers but the ripe originality of it all is bound to come at a small cost... Continue Reading

  2. Defracto. Photo: Pierre Morel MED

    Feature: Does it matter what you call a performance?

    Friday 30 October 2015 by Lyndsey Winship

    Is it dance, is it circus, is it theatre? As art forms cross-fertilise, the boundaries between them erode and what we call them becomes uncertain. Lyndsey Winship introduces Currency at The Place... Continue Reading

  3. Hussein Chalayan - Gravity Fatigue - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 30 October 2015Performance 28 - 31 October 2015

    Gravity Fatigue is spectacular in so many ways: in its hundred-plus costumes, its dazzle of set and lighting design and the virtuoso craft with which Chalayan and his choreographer, Damien Jalet, riff around their main theme: exploring the body in states of disorientatio… 

  4. Hussein Chalayan - Gravity Fatigue - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 30 October 2015Performance 28 - 31 October 2015

    Gravity Fatigue – a phenomenon that all dancers could be said to suffer from at some point or other – turns out to be a glossy, pacy, impeccably produced and gleefully pretentious piece of work for a comely, 13-strong scratch company, and with a very catwalkish sheen to it. 

  5. Hussein Chalayan - Gravity Fatigue - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 30 October 2015Performance 28 - 31 October 2015

    There are some fantastic coup de théâtre moments: the dress that moves by itself, twisting into new shapes as if possessed, like an haute couture version of Alien; or the thick wool overcoats that turn into fabulously glittery dresses. 

  6. Hussein Chalayan - Gravity Fatigue - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Neil Norman, The Stage, Friday 30 October 2015Performance 28 - 31 October 2015

    The best sequence employs a floor in different textures and the cast acting as a human drum machine, bouncing up and down on a variety of surfaces. 

  7. National Dance Awards

    News: National Dance Awards 2015

    Thursday 29 October 2015 by Mark Doerfel

    The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards...the winners will be announced at The Place on Monday 25 January 2016. Continue Reading

  8. Royal Ballet - Viscera/Afternoon of a Faun/Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux/Carmen - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 28 October 2015Performance 26 Oct - 12 Nov 2015

    It was only to be expected that Acosta’s new Carmen would be as expansive as his dance personality – unfortunately it’s expansive in all the wrong ways. 

  9. Royal Ballet - Viscera/Afternoon of a Faun/Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux/Carmen - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 28 October 2015Performance 26 Oct - 12 Nov 2015

    – not an all-out triumph, but another interesting step in Acosta’s career. 

  10. Tavaziva Dance Theatre 'Africacarmen' Photo: DILLONROSE.COM

    Feature: Africarmen - Bizet's tale, Tavaziva style

    Tuesday 27 October 2015 by Rachel Elderkin

    Bawren Tavaziva's take on 'Carmen' is set in Equitorial Guinea, with music from Warriors International's Fayyaz Virji and a fusion of ballet, contemporary and African dance... Continue Reading

  11. Royal Ballet - 'Carmen'. Carlos Acosta as Don Jose, Marianela Nuñez as Carmen. ©ROH. Photo: Tristram Kenton

    Review: Royal Ballet - Viscera/Afternoon of a Faun/Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux/Carmen - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 27 October 2015 — Performance: 26 Oct - 12 Nov 2015

    If you've ever been to a boxing bill where the undercard was more exciting than the main attraction, then you'll empathise with my feelings after this very mixed programme... Continue Reading

  12. Lisbeth Gruwez/Veotolk's 'AH/HA'. Photo: Luc Depreitere.

    Review: Lisbeth Gruwez/Veotolk AH/HA - Dance Umbrella at The Place

    Philippa Newis, Monday 26 October 2015 — Performance: 23 & 24 October 2015

    It's a highly textured work. Explosive pockets of frenzied activity morph into sequences of treacle-coated movement stretched over the restless, accumulating rhythms... Continue Reading

  13. Barrowland Ballet 'Tiger Tale'. Photo: Brian Hartley

    Review: Barrowland Ballet - Tiger Tale - Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

    Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Monday 26 October 2015 — Performance: 23 & 24 October 2015

    Barrowland Ballet’s 'Tiger Tale' may be for young audiences but at its core, it’s not really kid’s stuff... Continue Reading

  14. La Veronal - Voronia - Dance Umbrella at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Luke Jennings, Observer, Sunday 25 October 2015Performance 19 & 20 October 2015

    Voronia is no picnic, and Morau’s references tend to the arcane. But if moral reasoning, virtuoso dance and dark-wave atmospherics are your thing, it’s a bracingly rewarding evening. As Morau makes clear, you have nothing to lose but your soul. 

  15. Charlotte Spencer - Walking Stories - Dance Umbrella, various locations

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 23 October 2015Performance October 2015

    In so far as Walking Stories features choreographed activity to music and pays attention to the language of bodies, it’s reasonable to categorise it as dance. ButCharlotte Spencer’s work is equally a nature trail, a treasure hunt, a walking party and a piece of immer… 

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