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…
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.
It sounds, well, rather worthy. In fact, this was an often tartly funny exposure of our own western prejudices as much as a showcase for today’s Asian dance... Continue Reading
Camden High Street on a Friday afternoon: a crowded, frenetic scene. What bliss, therefore to slip into DRAF, a gallery situated in a quiet mews off the bustling high street. DRAF is an art space and for Laura Da… Continue Reading
Review: China National Peking Opera Company - The General and the Prime Minister & The Legend of the White Snake
Although there were some vigorous acrobatics in the climactic battle scene, what was most notable here was how the actors’ precisely structured movements were so clearly led by the music, with every head-ti… Continue Reading
The Bard has been liberally celebrated across the world in this year that marks the 400th anniversary of his death and Birmingham Royal Ballet – perhaps mindful of their closer proximity to Stratford-upon-A… Continue Reading
Watching this is a bit like spying on Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory and finding it has been taken over by Jacques Tati...often playful, sometimes poignant, occasionally disturbing. Continue Reading