Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Image: Pilgrim's Progress: UK Tour Update

Pilgrim's Progress: UK Tour Update

Click for big version

Royal NZ Ballet company performing critic's favourite Milagros

Rock stars have Wembley; rugby players, Twickenham; for dancers, the dream venue in the UK is Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet made its debut at the legendary theatre on April 27, an achievement its artistic director likens to a "dance pilgrimage".

"Sadler's Wells is the holy grail of dance," says Gary Harris. "Companies from all over the world want to perform there. We really are up against the best and faring incredibly well."

The company is currently touring the UK with Romeo and Juliet plus a triple bill programme of FrENZy, Saltarello and Milagros.

"This tour has done exactly what we wanted in terms of exposing the company to the audiences and critics of one of the world's dance capitals. Audience reaction has been amazing - cheers and bravos at the end of every show. Again and again, people have said what a warm, energetic company we are, and what fabulous dancers we have."

Highlights from the latest reviews: "The fact that all the ballets were commissioned within the past three years reflects even better on the company's own creative health and on the nerve of its director Gary Harris... Milagros ranks as one of the great Rites." - Judith Mackrell in The Guardian (29 April 2004), reviewing the Sadler's Wells triple bill. "If this were the only R&J I ever saw, I'd die happy." - Jenny Gilbert in The Independent (9 May 2004), reviewing a Sadler's Wells performance.

"By most standards, what's going on in Wellington these past few years amounts to a hotbed of creativity." - Debra Craine in The Times (10 May 2004), reviewing the triple bill at Sadler's Wells.

"All the dancers, not just those featured, look great in everything they do - excellent technique and lots of feeling. This is something New Zealand can be really proud of." - John Percival in The Stage (10 May 2004), reviewing the triple bill at Sadler's Wells.

"This is thoroughbred ballet." - Kelly Apter in The Scotsman (6 May 2004), reviewing Romeo and Juliet in Glasgow.

UK dance website ( hosts a tour hub, which features a weblog from dancer Nadine Tyson, and links to the latest articles and reviews in full.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news