★★★★✰ Having watched the company since childhood, I find it is impossible not to instantly appreciate the sheer beauty and energy they radiate...
Author - Deborah Weiss
Deborah Weiss is a freelance dance writer and critic, based in London. Royal Ballet School trained and a former senior soloist with London Festival Ballet and Bayerisches Staatsballett, she began writing in 1993 whilst living in Southern Germany. She has written for a number of publications including Dancing Times, The Dancer and Dance Europe.
★★★✰✰ In the event, the levels of polish and invention were quite remarkable given the circumstances.
★★★✰✰ English National Ballet School is celebrating 30 years since its inception in 1989 - it had just 12 students in that inaugural year. The numbers are ever increasing and there is evidence of significant talents among the graduates this year.
The Young Talent Festival at London's Royal Opera House included an important Symposium, hosted by Theresa Ruth Howard, under the title "Exposure, Access and Opportunity: Exploring the Cultural Barriers to Ballet." Deborah Weiss with a comprehensive report on a stimulating event...
★★★✰✰ Images has done an excellent job of commissioning appropriate, innovative choreographers, allowing the company to exceed their expectations...
★★★✰✰ Mari sets out to examine the complex relationship between different generations of a family and uses contemporary dance in a sort of parallel world to express an emotional history.
★★★★★ This is a superbly made film... It draws a portrait of a supreme artist, a woman with exceptional humility, all sensitively handled with warmth and humour.
★★★✰✰ Tanowitz is ideally placed to translate poetry into dance. Her vocabulary is effortlessly fluid with clear Cunningham/Graham/Brown influences and yet her own voice is strongly established.