Vera Liber

London reviewer

In addition to BTG Vera's writing has included London reviews and an Alternatives column for Plays International, which also published her translation of Oleg Bogayev's play Deaf Souls; theatre assessment for The London Arts Board/Arts Council; film translations for the NFT and the Barbican; short story translations for Soviet Literature and Glas - New Russian Writing. She taught Russian (Imperial College, University of London), was Arts Editor of The East-West Review, to which she still contributes, and is a member of The Society of Authors

Translations for the theatre include: (National Theatre) Ostrovsky's The Forest, Alan Ayckbourn version, director Anthony Page; Gorky's Summerfolk, Nick Dear version, director Trevor Nunn; Gorky's The Lower Depths; and most recently Gorky's Vassa; (Fifth Column Theatre) Ostrovsky's Snow Maiden; (Playhouse Theatre) Three Sisters, Christopher Hampton version, director Michael Blakemore; (Royal Court) The Seagull, Christopher Hampton version, director Ian Rickson; (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Dear Uncle, Alan Ayckbourn version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, director Alan Ayckbourn, producer David Pugh Ltd.

Classes in classical ballet, contemporary dance and choreography, academic and practical study of theatre and cinema, text and performance, translation and adaptation complete the bill. 

Latest reviews

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jeux, Helen Maybanks

Jeux / The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth

Choreography Wayne Eagling after Kenneth MacMillan and Vaslav Nijinsky, Kenneth MacMillan / Music Claude Debussy, Brian Elias, Gustav Mahler (The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet at Clore Studio Upstairs and the Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Trois Grandes Fugues: Lucinda Childs, Bernard Stofleth

Trois Grandes Fugues

Choreography Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Maguy Marin, music Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Lyon Opera Ballet: Part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2017 at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Tyrone Singleton and Jenna Roberts in Concerto, Andy Ross

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations

Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, music Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Scott Joplin and other ragtime composers (Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and Northern Ballet: Part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Nicolas Tennant, Lloyd Hutchinson, Lesley Sharp, Raphael Sowole, Adelayo Adedayo in The Seagull, Tristram Kenton

The Seagull

Anton Chekhov in a new version by Simon Stephens (Lyric Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Fourteen Days: BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos's The Title is in the Text, Panayiotis Sinnos

BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days

Choreography Javier De Frutos, Iván Pérez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood, Russell Maliphant / music Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding, Armand Amar (BalletBoyz at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Company Wayne McGregor in Autobiography, Andrej Uspenski

Wayne McGregor's Autobiography

Concept and direction Wayne McGregor, choreography Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers
 (Company Wayne McGregor at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber