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February 2008

On February 1 details will be announced of the 80 arts organisations who will receive regular funding from Arts Council England, following the publication of the McMaster report Supporting Excellence in the Arts. A further 86 institutions will receive grant increases of 50 per cent or more over the next three years while three quarters […]

Miguel Angel Zotto’s Buenos Aires Tango at the Peacock Theatre

I never thought I would say this: the best scene in Buenos Aires Tango is one with taped music. The latest show by dancer Miguel Angel Zotto has a mix of live and recorded music, dramatic scenes and simple dancing. The simplest, and loveliest, is a nostalgic scene with Zotto and his partners dancing to […]

Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2008

“Only £5? Seriously?” Hip hop artist Jonzi D was compering Sadler’s Wells Sampled, but was still surprised when the audience told him how cheap their tickets had been. Back for a second year, Sampled is encouraging audiences to give dance a whirl: low prices, plenty of different styles on offer, a range of classes and […]

Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Juanita Amaya Company

Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco – January, 2, 2008 Juanita Amaya and Company, Theatre de Grasse – November 17, 2007 Following the mixed bag of offerings at the Cannes Dance Festival, I had been looking forward to the new season by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo. I have been impressed over the past three years […]

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