Another December, another Royal Ballet Nutcracker: anything new to report? Not much, no. And for once that’s probably the answer most people are hoping to hear…
If you think about it, Nutcracker lends itself quite naturally to an erotic treatment. Coming of age story, voyage of discovery, fantasy playground filled with tantalizing delights
Shobana Jeyasingh has been celebrating her 25 years in dance during 2013 and this special anniversary is here marked by a double bill that presents works from the opposite ends of her dance company’s timeline.
Like most dances with folk roots, flamenco suffers somewhat from being cooped up in a theatre. It is, at its heart, a participatory and spontaneous art…
Who knew that Beethoven composed his own cover version of ‘Sally in our Alley’? Mark Morris, obviously: the (English) song is the centrepiece of The Muir…
This is as powerful as dance theatre gets and a bill that connects and chimes with us all.
Mark Morris Dance Group – Programme B: Excursions, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, Festival Dance – London
In this programme we got some shiny new toys, maybe quirkier than we imagined, but some definitely to keep and treasure.
As its whistle-stop tour drew to its final week, the Russian State Ballet settled down for three consecutive days at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.
They say of designer Paul Smith that his style is ‘classic with a twist’ and the same might often be said of Michael Clark – classical (ballet) steps with a twist or…
At times the choreography doesn’t seem to fit this space… Nonetheless, the dancers do a remarkable job with what they are given.
…very definitely worth catching for an energetic and engrossing evening of dance.
The fact that the company’s 30-piece orchestra was there accompanying the dancers helped elevate the atmosphere to something special.
So the company showed well enough to save the afternoon – but how much better they would look in a stronger piece.
Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling …the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.
L’Allegro, with its painterly tableaux, classical references, and unselfconscious evocations of sex and death, feels both ancient – almost pagan – and perfectly of our time…
The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….
Phoenix Dance Theatre are part way through their Autumn “Particle Velocity” tour – Paul Arrowsmith caught up with them in London at their Royal Opera House Linbury performances…
Reid Anderson can certainly pick dancers and choreographers in the making. We really do need to see Stuttgart Ballet more often in order to keep up with his discoveries.
…offered a perfect Balanchine sampler, bringing together an assortment of ballets, full of unexpected juxtapositions, from very different periods of the choreographer’s long career.