Review of the week's dance in The Sunday Times.
The Royal Ballet of Flanders was the one classical ballet company featured in this Edinburgh Festival, dancing Swan Lake at the Playhouse. But this was no safe respite from other outré offerings on the dance programme. The production, created this year and one of the weirdest I have come across, is the work of the Flemish artist, writer, theatre director and shocker Jan Fabre — his first venture into the realm of classical ballet. MORE
Plus a round up of the best fring event in The Independent. The Best
Also review of week's events in The Observer.
Far from being the sinister symbol Jan Fabre intends, the owl (live and flapping) in his version of Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet of Flanders is a sardonic old bird: it has seen it all before and knows this production is a nonsense. MORE
And two articles in The Sunday Herald.
Jan Fabre's Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet Of Flanders is a work of spectacular arrogance. It's also a project of some genius, although given the way the Belgian avant-gardist tramples over our ideas of 19th-century classical ballet with great, mud-covered boots, not everyone will feel duty-bound to agree. MORE
I'd wager that Shakti is the most misunderstood act on the Fringe. OK, so she slides out of her kimono and shakes her womanly tush at the earliest opportunity. But even with the overt bondage themes in this year's Realm Of Desire, her act is pretty tame. MORE
And a couple of reviews of musicals in The Scotsman. Fiddler on The Roof They're Playing Our Song