- Thursday, 16 May 2013
Gatsby, the self-made millionaire, who made his money in the criminal underworld, is fatally obsessed with Daisy, a married woman with whom he had fallen in love when he was a soldier during World War 1 and she was very young and single. Daisy is married to a brute.
F Scott Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the disillusioned and decadent rich endlessly partying in the Jazz Age was published in 1925. There have been many attempts to stage and film the novel. The first play was in 1926. The screen versions have starred Warren Baxter (1926), Alan Ladd (1949), Robert Redford (1974) and Toby Stephens (2000).
- Monday, 22 April 2013
Ecstasy & Death is a good box office title for English National Ballet’s demanding triple bill which gets off to a thrilling start with Jiri Kylian's PETITE MORT (1991), which is performed to two Mozart concertos, and which opens with an impressive display of swordsmanship. The fencing foils spinning in sync seem to have a life of their own. The choreography, with its sexual energy and tensions, looks fiendishly difficult.
Roland Petit’s LE JEUNE HOMME ET LA MORT (1946), based on a short poem by Jean Cocteau and set to Bach’s Passacaglia, tells the story of an artist who is driven to suicide by his faithless, bitchy lover, who provides him with a noose to do it. Set in a Parisian attic it is a typical French drama of the period, with its caricature of a femme fatale, its erotic frustration, its preoccupation with death, its post-war existentialism, and its Gauloise cigarettes. The role, brilliantly created by Jean Babilee and famously performed by Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Barryshnikov, is dramatically danced and acted by Nicolas Le Roche (no longer a jeune homme at 41 but still very impressive in his agility) and Tamara Rojo in the role of Lover as Death.
- Monday, 08 April 2013
The Mikhailovsky Ballet from St Petersburg has had a big success in London and their return will be eagerly awaited.
Nacho Duato’s two act ballet, Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (to give it its full title), premiered in 2012, is a tribute to Johann Sebastian’s music and life.
“I had no intention of telling a story,” said Duato. “Nevertheless I risked allusions to the themes which are inescapable when dealing with such a composer: death, inspiration, the greatness and the solitude of the creator.”
- Tuesday, 02 April 2013
Cervantes’ epic novel is the most unlikely subject for a ballet; yet this has never deterred choreographers. The Marius Petipa/Alexander Gorsky version is easily the most popular, dating from 1902; but it is silly to pretend there is a story when there isn’t.
The ballet is called Don Quixote for box office reasons, but the knight-errant and his servant play supporting roles. Every entrance is an intrusion. Nobody’s interested in their adventures; they might as well be cut.
Meanwhile the sad-looking white horse and donkey must wonder what on earth they are doing, merely to walk on, stand about for a minute or two and walk off; hardly a good career move for either of them.
- Thursday, 31 January 2013
Britain's oldest clubber spent his 90th birthday partying until 4am - after popping home to put his wife to bed with a cup of Ovaltine.
Sprightly Tom Parker danced into the early hours with his grandchildren at Batchwood Hall Nightclub in St Albans, Herts., where he has been a regular for more than 30 years.
- Friday, 16 November 2012
Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE
Saturday 8 December
Family Cabaret 4:30PM
Tickets £10 / £7.50
Tickets £15 / £10
Greenwich Dance is serving up a feast of dance, circus and music to get everyone in the festive spirit at its annual Christmas Cabarets.
- Tuesday, 06 November 2012
LEARN Cuban-style salsa (Rueda de Casino) at the Mayfair Hotel, 27 Bath Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2NW from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2013, with instructor Lee Knights, our own Mature Times Dance Correspondent.
Rueda de Casino is authentic Cuban-style salsa danced in a circle and constantly swapping partners. Suitable for couples and solos, this is fun, great exercise and sociable. Learn how Cubans keep fit to uplifting, infectious, irresistible salsa beats and make new friends while you enjoy a relaxing weekend away at the coast.
- Thursday, 31 May 2012
As part of the Redland And Clifton Energised (RACE), London 2012 Inspire project for those over 60, mature and active, a dance and movement event with Strictly Come Dancing star, Erin Boag. Erin will be teaching the Slow Fox Trot.
Also the dance group from St. John's Primary School, Clifton will be performing the Charleston. That is upstairs at Bristol Zoo Pavillion, while downstairs there will be afternoon tea, live music of Gershwin, Porter and other American Song Book material.
- Friday, 25 May 2012
A cast of more than 50 local Greenwich people aged between 8 and 80 years old will perform in Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, a new work by Kate Flatt, choreographer of hit musical Les Miserables. Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, a Greenwich Dance co-production with Watford Palace Theatre will be performed at the Borough Hall on June 1 and 2.
Drawing upon traditional English and Brazilian folk dance and music, the show features a cast of international performers and musicians as well as local people of all ages.