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  1. Julie Cunningham: The dancer turned choreographer on gender, her new company, and the highs and lows of working with Merce Cunningham

    Press Review Luke Jennings , The Observer , Wednesday 8 March 2017Performance

    Julie Cunningham: ‘The traditional duet always has the woman reliant on the man. I’m sick of it’...In September 2016, Julie Cunningham became the first recipient of the Leverhulme choreography fellowship, which helps professional dancers to become full-t… 

  2. Chase Johnsey, far right, in Paquita by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Peacock theatre, London, in 2015. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

    Chase Johnsey's unlikely success is a bold and beautiful victory for ballet

    Press Review The awards were given for dance events that were shown in the UK between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016Judith Mackrell, , Wednesday 8 February 2017Performance

    Classical ballet is notoriously an art form that imposes exacting standards of perfection on its dancers. But while it is the women who are presented as the principal victims of those standards – with some battling dangerously to maintain a low weight and lean physi… 

  3. English National Ballet - Giselle - London Coliseum

    Press Review 4, Evening Standard, Monday 30 January 2017Performance

    A traditional production with a beautiful central performance. the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart when betrayed by her nobleman lover (don't worry, it all comes back to haunt him), but whatever the age, Giselle can be a ballet of great power, espe… 

  4. Wayne McGregor - Woolf Works - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Jane Shilling, The Telegraph, Monday 30 January 2017Performance

    McGregor’s choreography plangently suggests the fleeting passage of life and light, until the final, inexorable darkness that ends a work whose subtle play of intellect and emotion make it, not merely a beautiful exercise in narrative metamorphosis, but a meditation… 

  5. Royal Ballet - Les Enfants Terribles – Barbican

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, Monday 30 January 2017Performance

    Moreover, Glass’s unusually spiky score – for just three pianos – is less immersive than you might hope...De Frutos’s enjoyably impish dash of Last Supper imagery in the latter stages. But it all ultimately feels remote: an intriguing and mildy out… 

  6. Dewey Dell - Marzo - The Pit, Barbican

    Press Review 2, The Observer , Monday 30 January 2017Performance

    The piece is dreamily surreal. Teodora Castellucci’s choreography has a simplistic, counter-gravitational quality to it that melds seamlessly with Demetrio Castellucci’s crunching electronic score (Teodora and Demetrio are brother and sister; a third sibling, … 

  7. Royal Ballet - Les Enfants Terribles – Barbican

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Monday 30 January 2017Performance

    Yet despite the best efforts of De Frutos and his team, there are real problems with the opera itself. Its music, scored for thee pianos, drives a compelling emotional pulse, yet the vocal lines are often strangely inexpressive and the work’s dramatic pace veers odd… 

  8. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - ZooNation - Roundhouse

    Press Review 3Mark Monahan, , The Telegraph, Monday 16 January 2017Performance

    The latest offering from hip-hop dance troupe ZooNation, this affectionate but irreverent take on the Lewis Carroll classic whipped up a carnivalesque, audience-participatory atmosphere quite alien to that august building. And, far from detracting from the fun, the unlike… 

  9. New English Ballet Theatre — Quint-essential: Five New Ballets - Peacock Theatre

    Press Review 4Christopher Curtis,, Monday 21 November 2016Performance

    This brought a new angle to a familiar narrative, creating satisfying, polished, beautifully performed and nuanced dance. There is real depth to this choreography.  

  10. Akram Khan and English National Ballet - Giselle

    Press Review 5Hanna Weibye, The Arts , Monday 21 November 2016Performance

    ...a work of intelligence, power, beauty, and - most gratifying of all in this age of lies, damned lies and politics - stunning integrity. This is a ballet about issues that matter, made by people who know what they're doing. 

  11. Akram Khan and English National Ballet - Giselle

    Press Review Emily May , A Younger Theatre , Monday 21 November 2016Performance

    The accumulation of Khan’s transformative vision, a severe, effecting musical score, Tim Yip’s breathtaking design, and the sheer athleticism and emotional intensity of ENB’s performers creates a work that presents the audience with a tour de force of hu… 

  12. The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor - Chroma / Multiverse / Carbon Life - The Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Monday 21 November 2016Performance

    Images of catastrophe inform McGregor’s newest ballet. Multiverse is in two sections, the first of which is set to Steve Reich’s 1965 score It’s Gonna Rain, which converts the fiercely apocalyptic sermon of a street preacher into loops of rhythmic sound.… 

  13. Akram Khan and English National Ballet - Giselle

    Press Review 5Zoë Anderson , The Independent, Monday 21 November 2016Performance

    Akram Khan’s new Giselle is a work of immense confidence and scouring anger. Reimagining one of ballet’s most-loved classics, the story of a village girl betrayed by a nobleman, this production is another big, ambitious risk taken by English National Ballet un… 

  14. Burn the Floor - Fire in the Ballroom - The Peacock

    Press Review 5Jeffrey Taylor, The Express, Wednesday 2 November 2016Performance

    “This is not just the same old good night out, somehow it’s hope for the future. Don’t miss it.” 

  15. Burn the Floor - Fire in the Ballroom - The Peacock

    Press Review 5Vikki Jane Vile, Plays to see, Wednesday 2 November 2016Performance

    Burn the Floor has a reputation as a hot-bed of talent for unearthing new Strictly professionals and on this showing I wouldn’t be surprised if we had seen some dance stars of the future in action. 

  16. Jérôme Bel - Gala - Sadler’s Wells

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Wednesday 19 October 2016Performance

    ...this show reminds us how it feels when we dance. There is a masterful range of styles and skills to be seen on the dance stage today. Yet the French choreographer Jérôme Bel can open our eyes, and our hearts, to a completely different spectrum – a sp… 


    Press Review 4Jeffrey Taylor , The Express , Monday 17 October 2016Performance

    David Bintley left me gasping last week. The Birmingham Royal Ballet stopped off in Islington and showed us his latest full length work dedicated to the current Shakespeare celebrations. Honestly, could any story conceived by man be more convoluted than this gallop throug… 


    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, Monday 17 October 2016Performance

    In collaboration with Rae Smith and an excellent design team, Bintley’s production spins a convincing sense of wonder. The opening sea storm is a marvel of theatrical ingenuity, its roaring, spumy waves conjured from the most delicate of billowing silk.  

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