Monthly Archives: October 2011

La Fille mal gardée – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 20 October 2011

Hark! the Herold angels dance Not a ballet with much in the way of hidden depth Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée is a sugar-coated panto-fest of two-dimensional characters that relies on a winning charm to get by; the tangled … Continue reading

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The Watteau Duets – Armitage Gone! Dance: The Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London, 14 October 2011

Brought to heel and dressed to kilt Premiered in the mid 1980s Karole Armitage’s The Watteau Duets has now found a place in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s tongue-rolling Post Modernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 exhibition. It’s so Post Modern … Continue reading

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Haze – Beijing Dance Theater: Sadler’s Wells, London, 13 October 2011

Not dancing but falling The curtain opened on Beijing Dance Theater’s UK debut to a gorgeously lit scene of seven motionless dancers shrouded in mist amongst a series of dangling lanterns. The curtain closed an hour and a quarter later after … Continue reading

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The Decade – Bare Bones: Linbury Studio Theatre, London, 8 October 2011

No skeletons in this closet The touring arm of Dance Exchange, Bare Bones, are celebrating ten years of existence by presenting five works from its impressive rosta of collaborating choreographers. And to close this woefully factual paragraph I can tell … Continue reading

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DVD Release: Frederick Ashton Triple Bill; The Royal Ballet

This one goes out to all the Ashtonites A long overdue parade of three of Frederick Ashton’s shorter works, this DVD-only release features the ever-popular Les Patineurs, the hugely entertaining Divertissements and the relatively modernist showcase that is Scènes de Ballet. … Continue reading

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