February 2012

  1. Big Dance - Short Films

    Tuesday 28 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    Five short films made by choreographers and filmmakers are being commissioned by Big Dance and Channel 4, in association with BAFTA. The films will be broadcast on Channel 4 and screened to live audiences acros… Continue Reading

  2. David Makhateli with Alina Somova (Marinsky) in Athens, Sep 2011. Photo: John Kanegopolous.

    David Makhateli bows out

    Tuesday 28 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    The Royal Ballet has lost another Principal. David Makhateli will continue to dance as a freelance guest artist around the world – but no longer at Covent Garden. Continue Reading

  3. Aakash Odedra. Photo: Chris Nash

    Aakash Odedra's Rising at The Place

    Lise Smith, Monday 27 February 2012 — Performance: 24 & 25 February 2012

    A trio of top choreographers (Cherkaoui, Khan & Maliphant) make work for a rising star of South Asian contemporary dance... Continue Reading

  4. Aakash Odedra's Rising at The Place

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Sunday 26 February 2012Performance 24 & 25 February 2012

    Opening with his own solo Nittra, he barely seems tethered by gravity as his limbs fly out in extravagantly angled shapes.  

  5. La Shica in Flamenco Festival London at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review 4Julia Sutherland, Financial Times, Friday 24 February 2012Performance 18 February 2012

    Demonic or not, Rovayo has a fine flamenco pedigree, performing as a soloist in the Merche Esmeralda troupe and other companies before reinventing herself as the genre-busting La Shica.  

  6. Exposure: Snapshots of New Dance

    Press Review 3Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Friday 24 February 2012Performance 23-25 Feb 2012

    And finally, the big surprise: Jorge Crecis’s 36, in which 12 performers pass, catch, dodge and slalom around 36 water bottles, in an exhilarating mashup of dance, sport and maths that raises your pulse and confounds your brain.  

  7. Flawless and Effortless

    Friday 24 February 2012 by Sarah Golding

    Lyn Gardner considers whether polished flawless performances such as the aerial feats of Cirque du Soleil are more gripping and interesting than the shows that do not seek to hide the effort and vulnerabilities … Continue Reading

  8. Esteban Berlanga (in 'Firebird' design: David Bamber), Laurretta Summerscales (in 'Suite en Blanc') &  Araminta Wraith (in 'Rite of Spring' design: Kinder Aggugini) All ballets performed as part of Beyond Ballets Russes. Photo: Chris Catalan

    English National Ballet at Tate Britain

    Friday 24 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    All next week ENB are making Tate Britain their home - with 67 dancers taking class every morning in the massive central gallery. Pop in for free anytime... Continue Reading

  9. Akram Khan

    Wednesday 22 February 2012 by Sarah Golding

    Early last month Akram Khan suffered an Achilles tendon injury and has not been able to dance since. He talks to Sarah Crompton about how this has affected his work, his body and how he approaches his choreograp… Continue Reading

  10. Martin Lawrance (right) in rehearsal.

    Martin Lawrance

    Wednesday 22 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    Next week is busy for choreographer Martin Lawrance with his work being performed by Richard Alston's company at Sadler's Wells & the premiere of a new work for Ballet Back at the Linbury Studio Theatre... Continue Reading

  11. Anna Pavlova Remembered

    Tuesday 21 February 2012 by Sarah Golding

    Rupert Christiansen reflects on the unique qualities of a ballet icon, “Her art was one which concealed art: open, spontaneous and lyrical, it looked inspired rather than learnt, conveyed without the faint… Continue Reading

  12. metamotion, Dance United's London Performance Company. Image: Joe Plommer

    ReFresh at The Place

    Jessica Wilson, Tuesday 21 February 2012 — Performance: 18 Feb 2012

    As one of the most sought after performance opportunities for youth dance, ReFresh 2012 at The Place was an evening not to be missed. Produced in partnership with Sadler’s Wells, ReFresh set six youth dance… Continue Reading

  13. Wayne Eagling to leave English National Ballet

    Monday 20 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    Just weeks after the departure of their Managing Director Craig Hassall, ENB have announced that their Artistic Director will leave in August. Continue Reading

  14. New Big Dance Schools Pledge choreography released

    Monday 20 February 2012 by Hannah Dye

    The Big Dance Schools Pledge is back for 2012, choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Thousands of school children will join in the record breaker attempt on 18 May this year. Find out more and register your school.  Continue Reading

  15. Stella McCartney's show for London Fashion Week video clip

    Blanca Li choreographs for Stella McCartney

    Monday 20 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

    The top designer's spectacular show for the latest London Fashion week was a big hit & featured moves from the creator of Elektro Kif  Continue Reading

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