Reviews for Dido & Aeneas

  1. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Katie Fish, Friday 16 March 2007 — Performance: 14-18 Mar 07

    Sasha Waltz’s Dido and Aeneas, is a contemporary interpretation of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera of the same name, in which Waltz combines underwater choreography with an allegorical libretto, and tan… Continue Reading

  2. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 20 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘She [Waltz] pads her production out to almost two hours of howling self-indulgence.’  

  3. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 19 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘Rather than illuminate this gem of a score, a thing of sharp-cut, gleaming clarity, Waltz has buried it in excess packaging: too many people on stage, too many costume changes, too many visual ideas times 10.’ 

  4. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 19 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘In the pit are the musicians of the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, a baroque orchestra which includes three lutes and a viola da gamba, and whose entrancing play under the baton of Attilio Cremonesi is in itself reason enough to buy a ticket.’ 

  5. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 16 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘She lacks the concision of Purcell. Waltz has bigged things up with additional music and multiple leads, creating spectacle, and often muddle, from the desperate sorrow of Purcell’s one-hour miniature.’ 

  6. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Gerald Dowler, Financial Times, Friday 16 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘Waltz’s talent lies in making dancers and singers move as an organic whole; she can make two bodies fuse and meld, she can form groups into wind-blown trees and make the entire cast echo the movements and mood of the parting lovers.’ 

  7. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 16 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘Ironically, it is only when this elaborate stage prop is removed, and Waltz embarks on the opera proper, that the production starts to feel as though it has far more budget than sense.’  

  8. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Lyndsey Winship, Telegraph, Friday 16 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘Waltz inevitably pulls a few surprises, such as inserting a non-musical scene halfway through. Most impressive, though, is her use of space, especially the vertical. Harnessed dancers launch themselves through aerial motions; singers appear at windows halfway up t… 

  9. Sasha Waltz & Guests in Dido & Aeneas at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Friday 16 March 2007Performance 14-18 Mar 07

    ‘Watching the cast swim and frolic in the giant tank is fun, and a truly eye-catching opening. But what follows, once the tank has been disassembled, is more than 90 minutes of tortuous German dance-theatre that ensnares both dancers and singers in its wake.’  

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