Category Archives: Performances

Sylvie Guillem wows at Sadler’s Wells at the age of 46

Paris Opera Ballet prodigy and ballet veteran Sylvie Guillem dazzled audiences at Sadler’s Wells this weekend, in her self-devised mixed programme 6000 Miles Away.

Admittedly, journalist pre-lim exams and general end-of-course mayhem has caused me to neglect my blogging as of late, but when I read the glowing reviews of Guillem’s latest performance, I couldn’t help but pay her some respect.

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REVIEW: Ballet Central 2011 Tour at ADC Theatre, Cambridge

On their fourth stop on their 2011 tour, Ballet Central gave Cambridge a solid reason why arts funding should not be cut.

With a medley of classical ballet, contemporary and jazz, the final-year students of the ballet school offered something for all tastes at the ADC Theatre on Tuesday.

Central School of Ballet. 2010/2011 tour

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REVIEW: We Will Rock You at the Wales Millennium Centre

After causing a storm in the West End for almost 10 years, We Will Rock You has embarked on a UK tour, making a one-month pit stop at Cardiff’s very own Wales Millennium Centre.

The show, written by Queen and West End legend Ben Elton, tells the story of creative youth Galileo (Popstars winner Noel Sullivan), who struggles to be individual in a futuristic world where creativity is repressed and music is computer-generated. Through going back to the rock greats of the 20th century, Galileo manages to free the world of conformity and liberate the planet.

Noel Sullivan as Galileo


RAD, ISTD and IDTA to launch first Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Three of the leading dance boards are to collaborate to launch the first ever Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November this year.

The event will feature UK members from the RAD, ISTD and IDTA from across the country, with the dancers performing original choreography either as a solo, couple, trio or group performance. Those who wish to enter are required to send in a video of the performance to a judging panel of professionals, who will then select a variety of acts to perform at the event.

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Review – NDC Wales Spring Tour

The National Dance Company Wales is to grace our UK stages this year with their Spring Tour – a trilogy of contemporary dance pieces choreographed by some of the biggest names in the business, created in Cardiff itself.

Quixotelands, Romance Inverse and By Singing Light make up this year’s triple bill, with the company performing two of the pieces on offer at each venue. Quixotelands, by Gustavo Raminez Sansano, and By Singing Light, by Stephen Petronio, was the line up for the preview of the NDC Wales’ Spring Tour, performed at the Dance House in the Wales Millennium Centre.

 

'By Singing Light' by Stephen Petronio, performed by NDC Wales

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Strictly Quarter-Finals 2010 – Why we need to wave goodbye to Widdecombe

The results show for the Strictly Come Dancing quarter-finals will be aired tonight, when Pamela Stephenson, Ann Widdecombe, Kara Tointon, Matt Baker, Gavin Henson and Scott Maslen will wait under those nerve-wracking spotlights to hear if they will be participating in the 2010 semi-final – where the couples will be expected to perform three dances, including a four-way swing-a-thon.

But the tonight’s result will not just determine who is one step closer to lifting that glitterball. Tonight’s result will set the tone for the rest of the competition, and for the rest of the Strictly seasons in the coming years.

Friends of mine will be shocked when they read this post, because quite frankly, I – a massive Strictly fan – am getting a bit fed up of the BBC’s Saturday night dancing entertainment. It’s all getting a bit too gimmicky, too cheesy and, I would even push to say, tacky.

I don’t mean to blame this all on the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, but she is my first point of attack. I commend her in every respect for giving something a go which is miles out of her comfort zone and puts her as the focus of criticism – and often ridicule – every Saturday night. But I can’t bear to watch poor Anton push and pull her around the dance floor like a Tesco shopping trolley anymore. The poor girl has cringeworthy timing, no idea about grace or line, and clings onto Anton as if her life depended on it. The only thing that impresses me each week about the performance is Anton’s incredible patience with his assigned partner.

Ann Widdecombe and Anton du Beke dancing the American Smooth at the Strictly quarter-finals 2010

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Interview with Jon-Scott Clark – ensemble member, Mamma Mia! International Tour

Jon-Scott Clark, 22, is a professional dancer who is currently a member of the ensemble in the cast of the International Tour of Mamma Mia! Here he talks about his training and his time on the road with Mamma Mia!

Jon-Scott started dancing from the age of 12, where he was told by his football coach to take up dancing to help improve his footwork. He started attending classes with his twin sister Samantha, and started to show real promise for a profession which totally contradicted the laddish mentality of the footballing world. Despite reaching a county level standard of football, Jon-Scott’s talent for performing led him to follow a career in the performing arts.

At 16, Jon-Scott auditioned for a number of full-time performing arts schools up and down the country, finally securing a place at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, where he was appointed head boy. After three years of training Jon-Scott has gone on to perform in many productions, including Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates in Newcastle, An Evening of Laughter with Ken Dodd & Friends at the London Palladium and performing in Dubai for the production of The West End and Beyond.

Jon-Scott Clark, Laine Theatre Arts Graduate and ensemble member for Mamma Mia! International Tour

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