Category Archives: Review

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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New ballet class in Cardiff: Gemma Brannigan’s Ballet Academy

For the past two weeks I have been going back to my classical roots, attending Gemma Brannigan’s Sunday morning ballet classes at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

The trouble with ballet classes is when you first go along, you never know what to expect. Ability can range so massively that it can be difficult to know what you’re letting yourself in for – you can find yourself in an adults advanced class with a room full of beginners, or perhaps worse, attend an advanced class strictly for professionals… and find yourself struggling to attempt a triple pirouette en pointe.

Ballet class 4

Photo: Peter Voerman, the Oude School

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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


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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SLASH Hip-Hop Dance Workshop review – Saturday 27th November

Cardiff was graced with some choreographer elite this weekend when SLASH Hip-Hop Group hosted a two-day dance workshop at Vitality Gym.

I was fortunate enough to grab a spot on the sell-out Saturday workshop, which had three classes to offer from choreographers Bly Richards, Azrul Aminudin and Nader Musharbash.

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Mamma Mia! at the Wales Millennium Centre – review

It’s not often a touring production lives up to the standard of its West End counterpart.

But the debut International Tour of Mamma Mia! has done just that. On Wednesday 17 November the Wales Millennium Centre hosted the global smash hit for the very first time as a chosen venue for the show’s 15-month stint, which tours throughout the UK and mainland Europe.

As you would expect from a sell-out musical, Mamma Mia! delivers an experience which leaves you breathless through brilliantly-timed comedy and sharp choreography, gift-wrapped in a whirlwind of brightly-coloured spandex and glittering sequins. The dazzling facade and gleaming smiles however disguise a lack of emotional depth that really makes a musical.

Miria Parvin as Sophie with the female cast of Mamma Mia

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