December 2015

  1.  'Chotto Desh'.

    News: Akram Khan's Chotto Desh chosen for Newham's Every Child a Theatre Goer scheme

    Wednesday 30 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

    4,500 Year Six children from 67 primary schools in the borough will see the adaptation of Khan's Olivier Award winning 'Desh' at Stratford Circus... Continue Reading

  2. Imperial Ice Stars - 'The Nutcracker on Ice'

    News: Dancing on Ice

    Wednesday 30 December 2015

    From the Imperial Ice stars Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall to Canadian collective Le Patin Libre’s Vertical at Somerset House. Lyndsey Winship looks at current developments in ice dance.. Continue Reading

  3. Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's 'Bye'

    News: Sylvie Guillem's last dance

    Wednesday 23 December 2015 by Denise Drake

    On 30 December, Sylvie Guillem will dance in public for the last time Continue Reading

  4. Arthur Pita - The Little Match Girl

    Press Review 5Neil Norman, The Stage, Monday 21 December 2015Performance 12 December 2015 - 3 January 2016

    Pita’s heady cocktail of folk-tinged dance, commedia dell’arte grotesques, poignant songs and inventive staging is extraordinarily evocative.  

  5. Strictly Come Dancing Final 2015
Photo: Courtesy of BBC

    Feature: Strictly with Vikki - The Finale

    Monday 21 December 2015 by Vikki Jane Vile

    Was it a fitting end for a spectacular series? As former boy band star Jay McGuinness is crowned champion, Vikki Jane Vile gives us her considered opinion . . . Continue Reading

  6. English National Ballet - The Nutcracker - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, Monday 21 December 2015Performance 16 December 2015 - 10 January 2016

    The stand-out in a strong series of international divertissements is the Spanish dance, with Fernando Bufalá and the physically chalk-and-cheese Adela Ramírez and Crystal Costa all on sizzling form.  

  7. English National Ballet - Shiori Kase as Clara and Cesar Corrales as Nephew in Nutcracker'. Photo: Laurent Liotardo

    Review: English National Ballet - The Nutcracker - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Friday 18 December 2015 — Performance: 16 December 2015 - 10 January 2016

    It seems that we have entered an era where virtuoso dance skills are being valued much more than the fundamentals... Audiences clamour to see huge jumps and fast, centred pirouettes.. but, ballet is about much more... Continue Reading

  8. Arthur Pita's 'The Little Match Girl'. Photo: Phil Conrad

    Review: Arthur Pita - The Little Match Girl - Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 16 December 2015 — Performance: 12 December 2015 - 3 January 2016

    An atmospheric environment is captured in the colourful costume and set designs of Yann Seabra & in the charmingly effective musical composition by Frank Moon. Pita squeezes eleven characters from a cast of j… Continue Reading

  9. Arthur Pita - The Little Match Girl - Lilian Baylis Studio

    Press Review Gareth Johnson, Gay Star News, Wednesday 16 December 2015Performance 12 December 2015 - 3 January 2016

    This is masterful storytelling – using a combination of dance, song, and live music. 

  10. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 3Zoë Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 16 December 2015Performance 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    Matthew Bourne’s production for New Adventures bubbles over with gothic bright ideas, from puppetry to a forest of sleepwalkers. 

  11. Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 16 December 2015Performance 8 December 2015 - 14 January 2016

    Hayward’s dancing is reliably superb, her elegant feet and pliant upper body a gorgeous instrument for the colour and sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score.  

  12. Lois Greenfield 'Moving Still'

    News: Gift ideas for dancers and dance lovers...

    Tuesday 15 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

    Looking for some present buying inspiration? We've got a few ideas for gifts with dance appeal.... Continue Reading

  13. PanicLab - Jordan Lennie in 'Swan Lake II: Dark Waters' Photo: Dinah Mullen

    Review: PanicLab - Swan Lake II: Dark Waters - Chelsea Theatre

    Donald Hutera, Monday 14 December 2015 — Performance: 24 & 25 November 2015

    Part of my semi-resistance to PanicLab’s admittedly original take on the famous tropes of 'Swan Lake' is that its waters aren’t dark enough – not for my taste, anyway. I’m not sa… Continue Reading

  14. Steven Roth

    News: New Executive Director for Scottish Ballet

    Monday 14 December 2015 by Denise Drake

    Steven Roth has been appointed as Scottish Ballet’s Executive Director, to work alongside Chief Executive/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson. Continue Reading

  15. Ashley Shaw as Aurora & Dominic North as Leo in Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'. Photo: Bettina Strenske

    Review: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells

    Graham Watts, Monday 14 December 2015 — Performance: 1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

    Perhaps the most memorable icon of the Bourne Beauty is the decision to represent the baby Aurora as a wild child through the form of engaging puppetry, entertainingly achieved through a mix of technical wizardry… Continue Reading

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