Royal Opera House, London
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And then, one thousand years of peace, Playhouse, Edinburgh
Helikopter/Eldorado (Sonntags/Abschled), Playhouse, Edinburgh
Sunday 26 August 2012
This apocalyptic Zumba class has thriller moments and it's visionary in its power and strangeness – while a Stockhausen double bill is stranger yet
Thursday 23 August 2012
Prokofiev’s ballet score for 'Cinderella' had to wait nearly seventy years for its Proms premiere, and one had to wonder whether - at 105 minutes and without a visual component - it might be over-long.
Monday 16 July 2012
In an Olympic year full of artistic grand projects, The Royal Ballet ends its season with one of the grandest. Titian: Metamorphosis 2012 has seven choreographers, three composers, three designers, and the surprise is that this isn’t a case of too many cooks. It’s a coherent, stylish evening, with artists moving confidently into new areas.
Sunday 08 July 2012
The Royal Ballet's outgoing director leaves a surprisingly short – and white – company
Tuesday 03 July 2012
You might have thought that little could go wrong in a drama series starring the wonderfully intense Chistopher Eccleston and the equally wonderful Dervla Kirwan – he as a craggy-faced councillor with a drink habit and she as has his fulminating wife. But things went skew-whiff pretty quickly in the first episode of Blackout. Some of the skewing was intentional.
Tuesday 03 July 2012
The dance critic John Percival belonged to a generation which, in the 1950s, persuaded newspapers to employ specialist writers rather than making do with music critics. Before joining The Independent (1997-2002), he had been The Times' critic for 32 years. He was a familiarly tall silhouette at performances, always there because he had an exceptional receptiveness to dance of any creed and faithfully fulfilled the critic's duty to be well informed. Where others might flag after a few weeks of non-stop performances, he was invariably hungry for more.
Les Troyens, Royal Opera House, London
Zanetto/Glanni Schicchi, Opera Holland Park, London
Dr Dee, Coliseum, London
Sunday 01 July 2012
A gargantuan and overblown Berlioz opera tests its audience as much as its outstanding soloists, chorus and orchestra
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Is ballet a sport? Of course it’s not, in the competitive sense, although the physicality and athleticism on the bill for Dance GB, a three-way collaboration between Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics, would surely impress any national selectors.
Monday 18 June 2012
Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, USA, made its international debut with easy grace. This is a very likeable company, with dancers who share a fluent classical style and warm stage presence. Individual dancers stand out, distinctive personalities with strong technique.
Saturday 16 June 2012
What happens when your star storms off ?
Sunday 10 June 2012
A Gormenghast world that toppled two creative giants
Monday 04 June 2012
The Prince of the Pagodas has always been a problem ballet. The gorgeous Benjamin Britten score is tied to a confused fairy-tale plot, a jumble of King Lear with Beauty and the Beast. Kenneth MacMillan’s version, created for The Royal Ballet in in 1989, launched the career of Darcey Bussell but soon faded from the repertory. It’s easy to see why. Despite the music, sumptuous designs and a handful of striking dances, the ballet keeps losing its way.
Wednesday 23 May 2012
We're already in classic Bourne territory, with comedy masking yearning and repression, woven through with sharp movie references. For all the wit, this revival is hit and miss. At its best, it’s funny and touching at once. Elsewhere, you can tell that it should be.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Matthew Bourne's renowned reinterpretation of Swan Lake is now showing as a 3D film. This is how the project took flight
Monday 07 May 2012
Last year Alex Caggegi was an ordinary teenager from a state school in the North of England with one difference: he dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer. Now he has become only the fourth Briton in history to win a place at Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Academy.
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