The famous duet, the Faun, describing the meeting and joining of two woodland spirits by way of the distinguished choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the gorgeous music of Claude Debussy usually thrills and this performance in Act II of a triple bill of dance at the London Coliseum certainly does. Vaychesla Lopatin, a principal dancer of the Markinsky Ballet performs in the duet with the athleticism demanded of the role while Anastasia Stashkevich is appealingly fey in this production as … [Read more...]
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BalletBoyz’ Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells
The first half of the show, a thirty-minute piece choreographed by the dancers is titled Them. It’s not boring because Balletboyz are fabulous dancers and for this reason, it’s enough to watch but the work itself feels shallow. It’s hard to work out what the point is except as a virtuoso display. The cube doesn’t add much either. Andrew Ellis, the lighting designer contributes occasional intense scenes of colour which are beautiful. The music composed by Charlotte Harding provides necessary substance to the work as it sweeps from gorgeous strings to strings with a driving beat that accompany the best section of dance, a virtuoso solo by dancer, Benjamin Knapper. Them has a running time of only 30 minutes which is just about right, not overlong.
Notwithstanding the limitations of Them the second half of the show, Us, after the interval is so satisfying you leave elated, amazed all over again by the impact of great contemporary dance when it happens in front of you again.
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The Snowman is an annual favourite at The Peacock Theatre. Without dialogue the music and songs composed by Howard Blake and played by an orchestra that’s present lead the tone and cracking pace of the show, capable of being understood by the smallest members of the audience. The magical illusions of theatre are described on entry to the auditorium even before the show has begun by way of the displayed dramatic set designed by Ruari Murchinson with lighting by Tim Mitchell creating the effect … [Read more...]
Nothing is more important than the replenishing of tradition by creative innovation. This can be achieved in two ways. Most obviously by restaging the classics in new settings. As with Shakespeare in contemporary dress. The other way is to, as it were, use the classic work as a spring board to explore new possibilities. Most famously West Side Story as a reimaging of Romeo and Juliet. This second approach is vital if we are to make innovations and create new works of art. The Royal Opera House … [Read more...]
Acosta Danza is a Cuban- based dance company founded by Carlos Acosta, the great Cuban ballet dancer and choreographer. He is the Artistic Director of Evolution and also makes a guest appearance as dancer in the final work. Evolution is a terrific show. The first piece of the evening is Satori. Choreographed by Raul Reinoso it’s mysterious and surreal in a display of sumptuous vibrancy, intriguing in its confusion of gender certainty. It’s here we first meet the extraordinary dancer, … [Read more...]
The Coronet Theatre is a charming Grade II listed venue, with a candle lit and uniquely furnished and beautiful bar it’s a perfect refuge on a winter’s evening in Notting Hill. Philip Glass’s magnificent work for organ and choral voice, Another look at harmony, accompanies the dance piece, Another Look at Memory presented by Institut francais and performed on The Coronet’s stage primarily by three dancers then four. The work travels through ten years of choreography by Thomas Le Brun. The … [Read more...]