Nothing is more thrilling than entering the rehearsal room at 10 with a blank canvas and by 6 a number has been born! As a dancer, you become a machine, repeating the same choreography 8 times a week. I have no idea how I managed it for all those years now I think about it. I am a creative being and not being able to create and invent became frustrating.
Barbican Theatre, London International Mime Festival; 6th February 2016 As the curtain rises for He Who Falls (Celui Qui Tombe when not anglicised for this festival), a wooden platform lowers. A platform that, we see, has a haphazard scattering of bodies lying across it, starting to slide towards the edge as it begins to tilt. This is […]
The final performance of the current London season at Sadler’s Wells sees Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty in excellent shape for its coming UK and world tour.
In a nicely balanced, highly entertaining double bill, The Royal Ballet presents Rhapsody and The Two Pigeons, two gems from the treasured catalogue of works from Frederick Ashton. A fitting showcase for leading stars Steven McRae and Natalie Osipova, Rhapsody is a dreamy contemplation on the pleasure of dance. Created by Ashton in 1980 for Mikhail Baryshnikov, the piece is focused more on the male principal dancer, who begins on stage and ends exalted in a grand lift by the men.
There’s a macabre twist to a classic fairytale in the second of a trilogy of adaptations by balletLORENT, co-produced with Northern Stage.
Since Big Fish Little Fish launched in Manchester in November 2015, their family raves have proven to be the hottest ticket in town. Always a sell-out gig, with tickets selling out for the Manchester January event in 15 minutes – once you’ve been you will know why.
When the tale of The Little Match Girl comes up in conversation it is met with smiles and nostalgia for being a poignant childhood story. Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale about child poverty in the 19th century can be a tough moral lump to swallow – the sad ending of The Little Match Girl remains etched in your mind.
Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale comes to the stage this season as Matthew Bourne completes his trilogy of Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Sleeping Beauty (originally premiered in 2012) follows Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in typical Bourne style – it is clever, gripping and awe-inspiring.
Following the success of Rapunzel, balletLORENT are back with a striking adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, Snow White.
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is extending its run at the Playhouse Theatre for three weeks, now finishing on 24 January 2016. Tickets for the new period are now on sale.
By Bourne’s own admittance the familiar story of Sleeping Beauty always left him ‘a little cold’ – understandably so – it is a tale about a Princess who spends most of her time asleep. Taking his inspiration from Tchaikovsky’s score and the original fairytale, Bourne plays with our expectations of the well-loved tale and adds further layers to the story, with a surprising twist and new characters – Sleeping Beauty is a faultless and magical production. Giving us all the visual clues that we need to experience the story in a new and refreshing way – there is no finer storyteller than Matthew Bourne.
Created by The Birmingham Repertory Theatre 22 years ago, The Snowman has been delighting young and old alike for 18 years at the Peacock Theatre with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic. It returns once again to London for its annual Christmas season, running this year from 25 November 2015 to 3 January 2016.
It’s no wonder that we females may seem a little crazy at times when, as shown by the three ladies of Norwegian company Tanter, the identity of 21st century womanhood is framed by the preceding hordes of cultural demands and expectations as well as our present needs.
Romeo and Juliet is, of course, one of (probably the) most famous love stories ever told. It seems then a fitting subject for a ballet and I was excited to see how English National Ballet would handle it as they’ve yet to disappoint.
The Lords Of Strut have hit Bristol in all their lycra legginged, high-top and headband wearing glory, on a mission to change people’s lives through the power of dance. And through deep, body-rocking laughter. In Chaos, the two brothers Famous Seamus and Seantastic (Cormac Mohally and Cian Kinsella) have decided to share with us their life-coaching wisdom in a motivational seminar that, as promised, gives us Everything.
How many shoes do you get through as the West End’s Lord of the Dance? Just one of the questions Caroline Hanks-Farmer posed to Michael Flatley’s protege, James Keegan…
Whilst visiting a Caribbean island about 100 years ago, Brutus Jones, an African American train driver, some how ends up emperor of the island’s native tribe. His reign is brutal, so Jones knows it will eventually end. Eugene O’Neill’s 1920 The Emperor Jones begins with Jones’ initially relaxed attempt at escape from the uprising citizens, and inevitable guilty descent into the madness of a Shakespearian villain. The script is entirely spoken by Jones, barring the first and last scenes, with his madness peppered with ghosts that won’t let him rest in the darkness of the island’s woods.
The original spirituality, raw talent and Irish charm of Riverdance are all but lost in this flashy, simplistic, clichéd presentation.
Having broken away from original phenomenon Riverdance, Michael Flatley has enjoyed enormous success around the world over the past nineteen years. He recently announced that the coming Broadway leg of the Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games world tour would see his stage retirement. Flatley has not actually come to Australia with the tour, which continues simultaneously in Europe, but his distinctive stamp is all over this production, given that he serves as creator, producer, director and choreographer.
The Australian Ballet boasts a carefully curated collection of classical and contemporary dance works in its eagerly anticipated season 2016. Returning full-length favourites and innovative mixed programs will be joined by a […]