Pina Bausch dance cycle to be staged as a highlight of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London

Pina Bausch

One of the final projects that the choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009, was involved in was her most ambitious: an unprecedented season of 10 back-to-back works created as she responded to cities and countries that she visited throughout her long career. The series will be performed in London before the Olympics.In the first collaboration between Sadler's Wells and … [Read more...]

Peter Brook bids farewell to Paris theatre after 36 years

Tenor Laurence Dale in Brooks' La Tragédie de Carmen, 1981

For lovers of Parisian theatre, the first days of 2011 have a slightly melancholy edge. On New Year's Eve the hugely influential English director Peter Brook finally ended his 36-year tenure at the experimental Bouffes du Nord theatre in the French capital.Friday night's performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute was the 85-year-old's last production as the artistic head of a … [Read more...]

Cecilia Bartoli’s “Handel and his Rivals” at the Barbican

A cross-eyed Bartoli after Norma in Dortmund, July 2010

Like all great singers Cecilia Bartoli seems to be a singer some "get", but certainly not everybody. After last night's Handel concert in the Barbican two reviews are in; Ismene Brown for The Arts Desk "gets" her: Cecilia Bartoli invites you to her party, she stands on stage beaming and welcoming you as her guest, about to serve up a banquet of song. This is what last night’s … [Read more...]