News: 2005/6 - reviewed and previewed

Monday 19 December 2005

It’s that highs and lows of the past – and looking forward to the new time of the year…

Looking forward to 2006

*’*During July Carlos Acosta cements what has become a mutually beneficial relationship with Sadler’s Wells, and for those who like to laugh till they cry, the legendary Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo make their first visit to London for five years. Ida Nevasayneva, what made you stay away so long?’ Jenny Gilbert, Sun.Independent, 1 Jan

Ismene Brown has a wish list which includes: ‘English National Ballet is forcibly removed from London to Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. Wales at last has its own ballet company, and the new Welsh National Ballet, linking up with Welsh National Opera in lively opera-ballet bills, soon establishes an individual artistic identity, as Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre have done in the Midlands and the North.’ Telegraph, 31 Dec

Looking back on 2005
Nicholas Hytner, Directorof the National Theatre picked Zero Degrees the boundary-breaking collaboration at Sadler’s Wells between dancers Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, musician Nitin Sawhney and sculptor Anthony Gormley as ‘The biggest eye-opener’ of the year. John Tusa, Director of the Barbican Centre picked Adam Cooper’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses as his low. Read more in the Guardian, 22 Dec

Ismene Brown saw some exciting things – ‘Some bold and different mindset seized the contemporary dance world this year, I felt; eyes were raised to far horizons, and suddenly you could begin to see it stretching 20 years.’ And some less than encouraging – including Covent Garden opting for ‘a quiet life’ and ‘fisticuffs at English National Ballet’. Read more in the Telegraph, 24 Dec

Jann Parry thinks back to swans, centenary celebrations, and contemporary concerns,

“Swan Lake was everywhere, both radical and conventional. In Birdbrain, Australian Dance Theatre did away with Tchaikovsky and tutus, resorting to thrash-dancing in T-shirts; Graeme Murphy set the Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake in a lunatic asylum and a royal court not unlike Buckingham Palace.”

Read the full article in The Observer, 18 Dec.05

Jenny Gilbert favoured the Royal Ballet’s Ashton season, Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant, and Zero Degrees,

“In contemporary dance the much-anticipated pairing of Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant triumphantly lived up to its hype, but the more surprising success was that of Zero Degrees, the first joint project of Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, one working from a basis of kathak, the other from hip hop and tanztheater.”

Sun.Independent, 18 Dec.05

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