Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Fairy Tale – Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 April 2013

A fine romance In the grand tradition of Matthew Bourne shows Sleeping Beauty is an entertaining affair. As always, it’s wonderful to look at; Lez Brotherston’s fangtastic Gothic staging doesn’t spare the dry ice, nor stint on the size of … Continue reading

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Refugees of the Septic Heart – Tom Dale Company: Laban Theatre, London, 20 April 2013

Tanks for the memories Visually, Nottingham-based Tom Dale Company’s Refugees of the Septic Heart is stunning. An assortment of columns, steps, screens and a large flat disc have Barret Hodgson’s digital images plastered all over them to mind-bending effect. Stars … Continue reading

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Ecstasy and Death – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 18 April 2013

Doing it with Attetudes The English National Ballet have a bit of a thing for ecstasy. After the Agony & Ecstasy of the documentary TV series about the company a couple of years ago comes an entirely unconnected Ecstasy and … Continue reading

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Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness – Mikhailovsky Ballet: London Coliseum, 5 April 2013

Bach-ing up the wrong tree* When Nacho Duato startled the ballet world in January 2011 by taking over the artistic reins at St Petersburg’s staunchly classical Mikhailovsky Ballet he took with him a raft of his own contemporary-based works. Multiplicity. … Continue reading

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Laurencia – Mikhailovsky Ballet: London Coliseum, 2 April 2013

Launching into space An interesting but slightly awkward piece, Laurencia has some superb set-pieces and some dazzling virtuoso choreography but the happy peasant japes jar somewhat against the sudden changes into violent abuse. Visually, this 2010 Mikhailovsky Ballet production, based … Continue reading

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