- Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Made in Germany is a showcase for choreographers and principal dancers, every piece specially created for and by Stuttgart Ballet, thirteen items in all, and four seen for the first time in the UK.
A programme of bits and pieces can never be totally satisfying, especially if those pieces are extracted from longer works. They lose their emotional intensity. A frenzied pas de deux from John Neumeier’s The Lady of Camellias works fractionally better than the delicate lyricism of a pas de deux from John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.
Much more successful is Demis Volpi’s witty Little Monsters with Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo, trapped in a disintegrating sexual relationship and trying to get out of each other’s grasp.
- Thursday, 24 October 2013
Rambert’s disappointing triple bill opens with the premiere of Ashley Page’s Subterrain, which is full of neurotic energy, but goes on too long.
The centre piece is artistic director Mark Baldwin’s The Comedy of Change, which was created in 2009 in order to celebrate, in a subtly comic evolutionary sort of way, the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species.
- Monday, 21 October 2013
The popularity of Strictly Come Dancing has sparked a ballet boom among pensioners.
Scottish Ballet have reported a 70 per cent rise in the number of over-60s taking up their 'Regenerate' dance classes. A second group of 25 beginner ballerinas has now been set up to satisfy demand - but there is already a waiting list.
Lorna Murray, Scottish Ballet's education manager, said the hit BBC show had prompted 'silver swans' - some as old as 80 - to don their leotards.
- Thursday, 15 August 2013
Charlotte Bronte based her novel on her own passions, dreams, frustrations and rebellion against a lonely and monotonous life.
Jane Eyre is a heady mixture of romantic melodrama and Gothic horror: child abuse at home and at school; a young governess in love with the master of the house; a mad wife hidden away in the attic; a bigamous marriage stopped at the altar; a manor house burned to the ground and the hero blinded and crippled.
- Friday, 26 July 2013
75 years after his birth, 20 years after his death, English National Ballet pays tribute to the legacy of Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) and his association with ENB.
The performance begins with a short film, featuring Nureyev in a solo from Le Corsaire, a hard act to follow. The triple bill on stage which follows reflects his career as dancer, icon and creator.
Fokine created Petrushka for Nijinsky in 1911 to a score by Stravinsky and designs by Benois and Nijinsky has been identified with the role ever since. Nureyev didn’t want to do what Nijinsky had done and tried to do his own thing and got terrible reviews.
- Monday, 22 July 2013
The aim of the company is to restore and perform the ballets which Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes made famous just over a hundred years ago. There were three programmes. I caught the last, all three pieces choreographed by Michel Fokine.
Chopiniana, which premiered in Paris in 1909, is the Russian name for the ballet we in the West call Les Sylphides. Fokine wanted it to be the personification of a poetic vision. The setting is a forest in moonlight. A poet (Xander Parish) wanders in a dream world of serene spirits.
- Thursday, 11 July 2013
Seven Spanish brothers, flamenco dancers, who are also musicians, put on a 90-minute showcase for a one night stand. The performance is full of macho energy, strutting, arrogant in-your-face egoism and loud amplified drumming of feet.
- Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Boston Ballet, celebrating its 50th anniversary, returns to London for the first time in 30 years with two programmes, including classical, neo-classical and contemporary dance. I caught the second programme, an admirable and lively showcase for the company’s expertise in three modern works.
William Forsythe’s THE SECOND DETAIL, classical in pale grey, spontaneous and rigorous, dynamic and casual, joyful and playful, is full of kinetic energy and danced to Thom Willem’s robust, synthetic beat. It is sheer delight.
- 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).
- Robert Tanitch reviews Ecstasy & Death at London Coliseum
- Robert Tanitch reviews Multiplicity at London Coliseum
- Robert Tanitch reviews Don Quixote at London Coliseum
- Dancing the night away keeps Tom fit and feeling young
- Line up revealed for the Greenwich Dance Christmas Caberets
- Cuban Salsa (Rueda de Casino) Weekender in Bournemouth with Salsa Lee
- Come dancing with Erin Boag
- Fifty local people take to the stage at Greenwich Dance for Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows
- Greenwich Dance leads Big Dance 2012 celebrations in South East London