Archive for 'Dance Reviews'
Matthew Bourne’s revival of Play Without Words, 10 years on from its première, proves that the original success of the production can – and has – been extended to the 21st century.
It is safe to say there are more than a handful of Nutcracker productions being simultaneously performed around the country, so how do you even begin to decide which one to attend this Christmas?
Ballet, contemporary and modern twists are heavily featured throughout the various show’s listings, leaving every theatregoer inundated with choice of style, [...]
For Birmingham Royal Ballet, performing at Sadler’s Wells is rather like returning home after a long trip away. Originally the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet began its expansive career and influence in the heart of London, only later venturing up to the city of Birmingham.
Autumn Glory begins with Ninette de Valois’s Checkmate (1937), [...]
Jessica Wilson reviews the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Barbican and has some tips on what to expect when seeing a dance show.
So you love theatre? But how do you feel about dance? Does the idea of going to a dance show fill you with apprehension about what to expect, wear and do? Fear [...]
As a ballet in three parts, Jewels immediately goes against the grain of the narrative traditions of classical ballet with its abstract form. Premiered by the New York City Ballet in 1967 by Russian-American co-founder and founding choreographer George Balanchine, his choreographic reputation eventually caused him to be referred to as the father of modern [...]
If you are looking for an insightfully creative evening that will make you question your very own values, then head to The Place this September for Summer House; a festival that features Touch Wood – a programme of works in progress – and The Place’s International performance season which features acclaimed productions from around the [...]
I arrived at the Royal Albert Hall last week with very specific expectations for Strictly Gershwin; I wanted to be dazzled. Having sat through many a hip-hop-street-dance-style extravaganza for the last few years, I wanted to be transported back to the classic era of my favourite Hollywood musicals such as Top Hat, Singin’ In The [...]
Amongst multitudes of bad news for arts organisations all over the country last week, it was heartening to attend this year’s The Place Prize Finals, renowned for its championing modern dance.
Sponsored by Bloomberg, The Place Prize is considered one of the most prestigious choreography awards in British contemporary dance, awarding an overall total of [...]
With the founding principle of American Ballet Theatre being ‘choreographic democracy’, the intention behind the vast range of material presented is only too clear. As the company developed throughout the 20th century, Russian-style works were adopted and merged with that of American artists, creating the divergent repertoire of today. Its multi-national heritage is clearly conveyed, [...]
Matthew Bourne’s innovative interpretation of this traditional fairytale has enjoyed nearly a two month run at London’s biggest dance house, Sadler’s Wells, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. Bourne’s New Adventures is the current resident company, with Cinderella being one of Bourne’s many successful takes on classic narratives.
First seen in the West End [...]