Author Archives: gerarddavis09

Layla and Majnun – Mark Morris Dance Group, Silkroad Ensemble: Sadler’s Wells, 13 November 2018

Layla, Layla, wherefore art thou Layla? Layla and Majnun is a centuries old Middle-Eastern love story common to cultures across ethnic and religious divides. The two eponymous characters love each other but Layla’s parents disapprove of Majnun and force their … Continue reading

Posted in Mark Morris, Mark Morris Dance Group, Sadler's Wells | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Emperor and the Concubine – China National Peking Opera Company: Sadler’s Wells, 20 October 2018

It’s opera Jim, but not as we know it You have to love bright, bright colours to enjoy Chinese opera. The costumes and staging dazzle with the stuff, and that’s not to mention the sparkle of the women’s remarkable headdresses. … Continue reading

Posted in China National Peking Opera Company, Sadler's Wells | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Polarity & Proximity – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 16 June 2018

Give us a hug One of David Bintley’s last major initiatives as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet is the ambitious long-term project Ballet Now. Twice a year over the next five years, a new work is going to be produced … Continue reading

Posted in Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells, Twyla Tharp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 12 June 2018

Similar but not the same This is Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet all right, it just looks different, that’s all. Birmingham Royal Ballet acquired MacMillan’s masterpiece in 1992 but both company and choreographer agreed that new designs would be in … Continue reading

Posted in Birmingham Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan, Sadler's Wells | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sleeping Beauty – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 6 January 2018

Rising to the Occasion Alina Cojocaru is back! And how. After a decent warm-up in William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in April, she took to the Coliseum stage in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty for English National … Continue reading

Posted in Alina Cojocaru, English National Ballet, Joseph Caley, Kenneth MacMillan, London Coliseum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jane Eyre – Northern Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 15 May 2018

Eyre to the throne Nineteenth century British literary fiction  has something of a low profile when it comes to ballet. It’s surprising really – perhaps everyone’s too busy doing Shakespeare remakes – but Cathy Marston has proved there’s plenty of … Continue reading

Posted in Cathy Marston, Northern Ballet, Sadler's Wells | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Voices of America – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 12 April 2018

Forsythe Hindsight The big news in English National Ballet’s new Mixed Bill, Voices of America, was a world premiere from William Forsythe, his first creation in the UK for 20 years. In the event, Playlist (Track 1, 2) was a … Continue reading

Posted in Aszure Barton, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells, William Forsythe | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment