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  1. I was at The Lowry last night to see Russell Maliphant's latest work Silent Lines and I absolutely LOVED it! The work is short - just over an hour - but I could not feel short-changed! It is for 5 dancers (three men and two women), with the lighting/projections almost as a 6th dancer. The work opened in near darkness with the five dancers and the stage covered in light projections that reminded me of looking at the refracted light in a swimming pool. They moved as a sensual swarm holding hands. It was a very slow section but it never dragged. Eventually four of the dancers disappeared into the gloom leaving one of the lady dancers doing the most beautiful sensuous and fluid solo highlighted on her own on the dark stage. The work consisted of a number of solos, duets and trios, sometimes faster, sometimes slower. There was lots of spinning and turning (occasionally reminding me of film I have seen of whirling Dervishes). The upper body movements were particularly beautiful. The lighting highlighted the dancers or sometimes just part of the dancer. The movements were supple and fluid with no jumping or partnering anywhere in sight. The soundscape was engrossing, sometimes with a driving beat and sometimes very lyrical. The piece ended with the swimming pool effect projection and it rounded the evening off beautifully. The dancers were incredibly supple and lyrical and basically fantastic. I found this piece totally mesmerising and if it was on at the Lowry again tonight I would be back there like a shot.
  2. Well, tonight was the start of a repeat London run of this programme, at Sadler's Wells. Previous threads on the subject are: Photos from the original 2014 London run: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/6470-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-london-april-2014/?tab=comments#comment-86727 Discussion of the run itself: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/6462-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-april-2014/?tab=comments#comment-86645 The 2015 run: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/10515-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-2015/?tab=comments#comment-141214 And photos therefor: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/10520-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-september-2015/?tab=comments#comment-141338
  3. I think this may be the wrong place to post this but as this is up and running I will just show you some pictures from yesterday evening's rehearsal. First night is tonight and I will leave comments to the critics, just to say that all three ballets were very dark. Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land Russell Maliphant's - Second Breath Akram Khan's - Dust More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  4. ENB's run of performances at the Barbican Theatre starts tonight: is anyone going? If so, please could you report back on running time and running order (as well as everything else)? Thanks.
  5. A Sadler’s Wells Production Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant PUSH LONDON COLISEUM Tuesday 29 July - Sunday 3 August Performances: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 2.30pm. No performance Thur Tickets: £12- £90 Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com After sell-out seasons around the world, Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed production PUSH returns to the London Coliseum from 29 July - 3 August 2014, featuring Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant. PUSH showcases four works choreographed by Maliphant and is made up of solos and duets performed by Maliphant and Guillem, who first collaborated in 2003 with Broken Fall. Two and Solo are dazzling solos performed by Guillem; Push is a duet for Guillem and Maliphant; and Shift is Maliphant’s seminal 1996 solo. The works are complemented by stunning lighting by Olivier Award-winning lighting designer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls, and accompanied by music from Andy Cowton, Carlos Montoya and Shirley Thompson. Since its debut in 2005, PUSH has received four major awards: an Olivier Award, a Time Out Award, Best Choreography (Modern) at the National Dance Awards and the South Bank Show Dance Award. Sylvie Guillem was born in Paris and trained in gymnastics under the instruction of her mother, a gymnastics teacher. In 1977 she began training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and in 1981 joined the company's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of "Etoile" by Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 19. Guillem has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with the world's leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Tokyo Ballet, Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala. Guillem’s awards include the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, Officier des Arts et Lettres, and, in Britain, an honorary CBE. Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He danced with DV8, Michael Clark, Rosemary Butcher and Laurie Booth. He formed his Company in 1996. He has also collaborated with renowned companies and artists including Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, Balletboyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2011 Maliphant was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University. He became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005. Maliphant’s most recent Sadler’s Wells production, Still Current, is touring internationally.
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