Lise Smith

Lise Smith

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Lise was born north of the border but went to school in Croydon. After a few years recovering from the trauma of this experience in leafy Cambridge, she returned to the capital to teach dance, manage dancers and to write for a number of arts and technology publications. When not loitering in darkened theatres or leaping around with hyperactive seven-year-olds, Lise loves travel, skiing and live music. She has lived in both South and North London and currently resides in Archway, although if you’re looking for a good pub in New Cross she’s still a good person to ask.

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Articles by: Lise Smith

Stage Review: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch In Masurca Fogo

Stage Review: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch In Masurca Fogo

An uplifting and sensuous delight. | By Lise Smith
7 Things You Might Not Have Done In Broadway Market

7 Things You Might Not Have Done In Broadway Market

Vintage, vinyl and very nice cake. | By Lise Smith
7 Things You Might Not Have Done In Covent Garden Market

7 Things You Might Not Have Done In Covent Garden Market

Visit Inspector Morse. | By Lise Smith
How To Do The Museum Of London In An Hour

How To Do The Museum Of London In An Hour

One of the city's best museums - in your lunch break. | By Lise Smith
How To Make The Most Of The Royal Institution

How To Make The Most Of The Royal Institution

And why it's not just for Christmas. | By Lise Smith
Must See Dance Shows In London This June

Must See Dance Shows In London This June

Including one with no dancers at all. | By Lise Smith
How To Make The Most Of The British Library

How To Make The Most Of The British Library

Books, exhibitions and lots more. | By Lise Smith
Women Rise: New Project Examines Violence Against Women

Women Rise: New Project Examines Violence Against Women

Free self defence classes and theatre in north London. | By Lise Smith
Family-Friendly Pubs In London

Family-Friendly Pubs In London

Because mummy and daddy need a drink. | By Lise Smith
A Balletic Story Of More Woe

A Balletic Story Of More Woe

Shakespeare's star-cross'd lovers dance to a doomed finish at the ROH. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Where To Eat And Drink In... Finsbury Park

Where To Eat And Drink In... Finsbury Park

Restaurants, breakfasts, lunches, pubs, bars, cafés and more. | By Lise Smith
Sylvie Guillem's Swan Song Sombre Yet Spirited

Sylvie Guillem's Swan Song Sombre Yet Spirited

Dancer of her generation takes a muted final bow. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Opera Examines Our Obsession With Telly

Opera Examines Our Obsession With Telly

People Watch opens King's Cross opera festival. | By Lise Smith
Actors Get Grubby In Soil-Strewn Sadler's Wells

Actors Get Grubby In Soil-Strewn Sadler's Wells

Earthy tragicomedy from mistress of the brilliantly bleak. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
The Show Must Go On Is Witty And Joyful

The Show Must Go On Is Witty And Joyful

Witty, joyful, sometimes plain daft dance. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Hagit Yakira: Playfully Dark Physical Theatre

Hagit Yakira: Playfully Dark Physical Theatre

Now touring the UK. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Buried Desires In Royal Ballet's Onegin

Buried Desires In Royal Ballet's Onegin

Great performances in the Royal's adaptation of Pushkin's classic. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Resolution! 2015: London's Biggest Showcase Of New Dance

Resolution! 2015: London's Biggest Showcase Of New Dance

The festival's back for its 26th year. | By Lise Smith
Fiery Footwork, Flashy Fingers: Akram Khan And Israel Galván

Fiery Footwork, Flashy Fingers: Akram Khan And Israel Galván

Two masters blend kathak and flamenco. | By Lise Smith ★★★☆☆
A Cursed Marriage: ENO's Otello

A Cursed Marriage: ENO's Otello

A beautifully-sung Otello that lacks dramatic punch. | By Lise Smith
Chamber Of Delights: OperaUpClose, La Traviata, Soho Theatre

Chamber Of Delights: OperaUpClose, La Traviata, Soho Theatre

Verdi's classic tale of tragedy and tuberculosis in an intimate, paired-down version by award-winning OperaUpClose | By Lise Smith
Poetry In Motion: Russell Maliphant And Sylvie Guillem In PUSH

Poetry In Motion: Russell Maliphant And Sylvie Guillem In PUSH

Final-ever performances of Maliphant and Guillem's sublime joint programme at the Coliseum. | By Lise Smith
Lightness And Longing In Sadler's Wells

Lightness And Longing In Sadler's Wells

Europe's finest dirty pretty things make a rare London appearance. | By Lise Smith
Twist And Pout: Rambert Dance Company At Sadler's Wells

Twist And Pout: Rambert Dance Company At Sadler's Wells

A postmodern programme of works inspired by the spirit of the 1960s. | By Lise Smith
A Delightfully Vaudeville Update Of Cosi Fan Tutte

A Delightfully Vaudeville Update Of Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart's classic opera from ENO and Improbable Theatre at the Coliseum. | By Lise Smith
Mum's The Word: London's Best Treats For Mother's Day

Mum's The Word: London's Best Treats For Mother's Day

From tried and trusted spas to home-made chocolates. | By Lise Smith
Adult Playtime: Great Ways For Grown-Ups To Have Fun In London

Adult Playtime: Great Ways For Grown-Ups To Have Fun In London

Playtime isn't just for the kids. | By Lise Smith
Magic And Loss: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, 1980

Magic And Loss: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, 1980

Miss this Sadler's Wells production at your peril. | By Lise Smith
Dance Preview: Resolution! 2014 At The Place

Dance Preview: Resolution! 2014 At The Place

25th anniversary edition of The Place's annual new-dance grab-bag. | By Lise Smith
Opera Review: Carmen @ Royal Opera House

Opera Review: Carmen @ Royal Opera House

Melodic torment from a top-notch cast. | By Lise Smith
The Good, The Bad And The Nutty: English National Ballet's Nutcracker

The Good, The Bad And The Nutty: English National Ballet's Nutcracker

ENB's Christmas offering starts off sweet but ends up just plain nuts. | By Lise Smith
Simon McBurney Creates A Lively, Physical Magic Flute

Simon McBurney Creates A Lively, Physical Magic Flute

Find mountains of wonder in the strangeness. | By Lise Smith
Dance Preview: Cloud Dance Festival - Showtime At Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Dance Preview: Cloud Dance Festival - Showtime At Bernie Grant Arts Centre

The festival returns to Tottenham with a new programme of hot dance talent. | By Lise Smith
Dance Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Triple Bill @ Sadler's Wells

Dance Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Triple Bill @ Sadler's Wells

An inventive triple bill of works by David Bintley. | By Lise Smith
Art, Knowledge & Imagination: Bloomsbury Festival 2013

Art, Knowledge & Imagination: Bloomsbury Festival 2013

Hundreds of free things to see and do. | By Lise Smith
Don Quixote Is Frothy, Fan-Flicking Fun

Don Quixote Is Frothy, Fan-Flicking Fun

Carlos Acosta's new ballet production of a Russian-Spanish classic. | By Lise Smith
Cloud Dance Festival Comes To Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cloud Dance Festival Comes To Bernie Grant Arts Centre

The return of the nomadic, independent dance showcase, making its Tottenham debut. | By Lise Smith
Along The Silk Road At artsdepot, Finchley

Along The Silk Road At artsdepot, Finchley

An international cast brings Marco Polo's travels to life through poetry, music and dance. | By Lise Smith
Dance Review: Akram Khan, Desh @ Sadler's Wells

Dance Review: Akram Khan, Desh @ Sadler's Wells

Masterful storytelling and incredible visuals combine in the return of Akram Khan's most accomplished work yet. | By Lise Smith
South Asian Dance On Screen: The Art Of Defining Me

South Asian Dance On Screen: The Art Of Defining Me

A humorous new dance film from choreographers Kamala Devam and Seeta Patel. | By Lise Smith
Dance Review: Sylvie Guillem, 6,000 Miles Away @ Sadler's Wells

Dance Review: Sylvie Guillem, 6,000 Miles Away @ Sadler's Wells

One of the world's greatest dancers makes a triumphant return to Sadler's Wells with this provocative triple bill. | By Lise Smith
Sex And Death In Austro-Hungary: A Ballet For Grown-Ups

Sex And Death In Austro-Hungary: A Ballet For Grown-Ups

Mayerling is a darkly erotic ballet with an undertow of death and decline, superbly performed by the Royal Ballet. | By Lise Smith
Dance Review: La Bayadère, Royal Opera House

Dance Review: La Bayadère, Royal Opera House

Spicy Indian melodrama served up ballet-style with strong performances at Covent Garden. | By Lise Smith
Review: Metamorphosis @ The Royal Opera House Linbury Studio

Review: Metamorphosis @ The Royal Opera House Linbury Studio

Award-winning choreography and some remarkable performances. | By Lise Smith
Review: BalletBoyz The Talent @ Sadler's Wells

Review: BalletBoyz The Talent @ Sadler's Wells

The next generation of Michael Nunn and William Trevitt's BalletBoyz impress in this all-male double bill. | By Lise Smith
Review: Tosca @ The Royal Opera House

Review: Tosca @ The Royal Opera House

Powerful Puccini with a visceral narrative punch. | By Lise Smith
Dance Review: Vollmond @ Sadler’s Wells

Dance Review: Vollmond @ Sadler’s Wells

It's raining, it's pouring, Pina Bausch's beautifully damp piece is anything but boring. | By Lise Smith
Preview: Live @ Old School Indie, O2 Islington

Preview: Live @ Old School Indie, O2 Islington

Live bands and classic tunes to have you pogoing at North London's premier indie nostalgia night. | By Lise Smith