August 2016

  1. Irina Kolesnikova - Her Name Was Carmen - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Wednesday 31 August 2016Performance 23 - 28 August 2016

    . . . the storytelling is simplistically (and pleasingly) clear, with straight-backed police officers, kindly volunteers with arms wafting like doves of peace, and a peppy press corps, looking self-satisfied as the refugees pour out their stories from twisted bodies. 

  2. Irina Kolesnikova - Her Name Was Carmen - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Neil Norman, The Stage, Wednesday 31 August 2016Performance 23 - 28 August 2016

    While there is no doubting her technical prowess – she is as comfortable en pointe as most of us are slouched in an armchair – there is a soulless narcissism about her performance that keeps the audience at arm’s length. 

  3. Screen shot from Anna Heighway's 'Move About It'.

    News: Joie de Vivre Dance Film winners announced

    Wednesday 31 August 2016 by Mark Doerfel

    Pavilion Dance South West's competition was set up to celebrate dance by, with and for older people. Watch the winning entries here... Continue Reading

  4. Irina Kolesnikova - Her Name was Carmen - London Coliseum

    Press Review 2Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Friday 26 August 2016Performance 23 - 28 August 2016

    Is making a ballet the right response to Europe’s refugee crisis? After visiting refugees in the Balkans with Oxfam, Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova thought so. She and choreographer Olga Kostel have set their retelling of Carmen in a refugee camp to bring atte… 

  5. Jamaal Burkmar Dance

    News: New Adventures Choreographer Award showcase

    Thursday 25 August 2016 by Mark Doerfel

    2016 winner Jamaal Burkmar shows three new works at the Platform Theatre from 21 - 24 September... Continue Reading

  6. The BENCH. Photo: Luke Evans

    News: Tackling gender disparity in dance

    Thursday 25 August 2016 by Mark Doerfel

    2Faced Dance Company's programme The BENCH enters its second year, supporting the work of seven female choreographers in a career development programme Continue Reading

  7. Metta Theatre 'Jungle Book'. Photo: Richard Davenport

    Review: Metta Theatre - Jungle Book - London Wonderground, Southbank Centre

    Ruth Mattock, Tuesday 23 August 2016 — Performance: 17 - 28 August 2016

    Performance reviewed: 17 August, matinee You can barely see a thing in the dim London Wonderground Spiegeltent, coming in out of the boiling sun. Usually the place for raucous cabaret, it’s an unexpected venue… Continue Reading

  8. Shanghai Ballet in 'Echoes of Eternity' - WU Husheng as Emperor, QI Bingxue as Lady Yang and ZHANG Wenjun as An Lushan, Photo: Bettina Strenske, London 2016.

    Review: Shanghai Ballet Company - Echoes of Eternity - London Coliseum

    Graham Watts, Tuesday 23 August 2016 — Performance: 17 - 20 August 2016

    The classes of Director Xin Lili are exceptionally challenging and so it comes as no surprise to witness the all-around technical strength throughout the company.... Continue Reading

  9. Zoielogic Dance in 'Safe'
Photo: Farrows Creative

    News: ZoieLogic Dance Theatre selected for Elevate Award from Arts Council

    Monday 22 August 2016

    All-male contemporary dance/theatre company ZoieLogic Dance Theatre has been selected to receive a prestigious Elevate Award from Arts Council England which substantially increases its funding status Continue Reading

  10. Shanghai Ballet Company - Echoes of Eternity - London Coliseum

    Press Review 5Neil Norman, The Stage, Monday 22 August 2016Performance 17 - 20 August 2016

    The dancers are little short of astonishing. Combining elements of tai chi with occasional flying leaps and the fierce power of bodies anchored to the ground, there are passages of ethereal gracefulness and athletic energy. 

  11. Metta Theatre - Jungle Book - Southbank Centre

    Press Review 3Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard, Monday 15 August 2016Performance 13 - 28 August 2016

    There’s impressive work from the small cast, creating characters and scenes with little in the way of set or props on the small thrust stage of the Spiegeltent 

  12. Bolshoi Ballet - Le Corsaire - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Laura Thompson, The Telegraph, Monday 15 August 2016Performance 11 - 13 August 2016

    The Act II jardin animé sequence, in which the company forms a complexity of patterns while holding miniature rose arbours, is a sublime spectacle, almost worth the price of admission alone. 

  13. Kwame Asafo-Adjei
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

    News: 52 Portraits - video series capturing dancers' fears and freedom

    Thursday 11 August 2016

    The Guardian's Judith Mackrell features '52 Portraits', a digital project by Jonathan Burrows, Hugo Glendinning and Matteo Fargion . . . Continue Reading

  14. Ballet National de Marseille, Body. Dance. Nation. City.
Photo courtesy of Southbank Centre

    Review: Ballet National de Marseille - Body. Dance. Nation. City. - Southbank Centre

    Siobhan Murphy, Wednesday 10 August 2016 — Performance: 30 July - 6 August 2016

    “How can classical ballet be turned into a playground, or rather a battlefield, where the individual and the group meet?” This, according to the company website, is what the Ballet National de Marseil… Continue Reading

  15. Bolshoi Ballet, The Taming of the Shrew

    Review: Bolshoi Ballet - The Taming of the Shrew/The Flames of Paris - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 10 August 2016 — Performance: 3 - 6 August 2016

    Periodic visits from The Bolshoi Ballet have enlivened and enriched the London Summer over the past 60 years. These visits by the biggest and brashest of the world’s great ballet companies have invariably b… Continue Reading

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