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Staatsballett Berlin, Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

Schneewittchen – Das Flammende Herz The Staatsballett Berlin opened its 2009-10 season with two works –  Angelin Preljocaj’s Schneewittchen (Snow White) at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin and Patrice Bart’s Das Flammende Herz (The Blazing Heart) at the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden. The whole enterprise is under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov, who happily […]

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Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo in Sense of Self

Sense of Self At the opening of Sense of Self, the new duet from Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo, one of the performers, dressed in a red velvet evening frock, her face obscured by a guerrilla mask, smashes a pile of plates into a large cardboard box. Such frustration at having to do the dishes […]

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Independent Ballet Wales in How Green Was My Valley

Richard Llewellyn’s famous novel How Green Was My Valley certainly sets some choreographic challenges. It cannot be easy to translate such detailed events and complex relationships covering a lengthy period of time into a successful ballet. Yet Darius James, artistic director of  Independent Ballet Wales, has done a cracking job in his latest work for […]

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Gauthier Dance in Six Pack

Six Pack A lonely dancer stands spot-lit on a stage. A voice-over explains that the link between rhythm and dance in classical ballet is the positions. At a breakneck tempo the voice then lists them. Not by their French names but by the numbers one to 100, whilst the dancer demonstrates them. After a short […]

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A Dream of Africa at the Britten Theatre

By Gerald Dowler For the third year running, Henry Roche, devoted company pianist for The Royal Ballet, has brought young dancing friends and musical colleagues together to raise money for a small charity, Ashanti Development, which works in Ghana to help local communities. At the Royal College of Music’s delightful Britten Theatre, he put together […]

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Ballets Russes, the Musical

Perhaps the strangest and most small-scale tribute to the Ballets Russes centenary has been David Reiser’s pocket show, staged in London’s tiny pub theatre, The Rosemary Branch. Size is not, however, everything, as director Vik Sivalingam’s cast of eight tells the story with gusto of Vaslav Nijinsky’s time with Serge Diaghilev’s company.

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International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010

Co-artistic director David Massingham admits to having had more than a few concerns when the volcanic ash cloud descended just four days before the second biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham was due to open. “Things got quite nerve-wracking for a few days,” he said. Fortunately most of the artists were already in the UK, others […]

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Susan & Darren, an Event with Dancing

Darren Pritchard is a tall and wiry dancer with very long legs and a shaven head; Susan Pritchard is small and round, with short blonde hair. Although physically unalike, the pair share facial features. Mother and son live together in a house in Salford, and the performance piece created about them by Quarantine and Company […]

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Paul Taylor Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group

Paul Taylor Dance Company, City Center, New York – February 24-March 14, 2010Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – February 23-27, 2010 By Jack Anderson

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Sarasota Ballet’s Mixed Bill

Paquita grand pas,Othello,Boutique  

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Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet at the Palais Garnier

With its grand staircase decorated with colourful bouquets, its ceiling bathed in scarlet light, and the horsetail-crested soldiers of the Garde Républicaine impeccably aligned on its steps, it was clear as soon as one entered the Palais Garnier that the evening of December 16 was meant to be extra special. Organised by the Association pour […]

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Le Cirque Invisible at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Husband and wife duo Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée and Victoria Chaplin are, on the face of it, an odd pairing. He is your archetypal barmy old man with a head of unruly white curls, bulging eyes and a grin so wide it looks as though it’s been drawn on; she is the silent, ageless beauty with long, […]

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