Graham Watts, Baltic Dance Theatre in The Tempest, www.dancing-times.co.uk, 22 July 2015:
"She employs challenging music and creates impressive openings that draw the audience in, with memorable endings that stay deeply rooted in the consciousness.
(...) Outstanding full-length dance theatre is alive and kicking in Gdansk, and this skilfully constructed adaptation of The Tempest deserves to be seen beyond the Baltic shores".
Jann Parry, Baltic Dance Theatre - The Tempest - Gdansk, www.dancetabs.com, 4 June 2015:
"Though the conclusion relies on Mahler’s adagio to deliver the emotional resolution of the work, it is an effective epilogue. Weiss has conveyed her own understanding of Shakespeare’s last play, in which he may have identified himself with Prospero, asking for redemption. She has given her company a range of well-developed roles, creating a distinctive movement style for her main characters and, especially, the female ensemble of nymphs who carry the first part of the production. Tura Gomez Coll is outstanding as Ariel, a fascinating combination of feminine and boyish attributes in her assertive way of dancing. She is entirely persuasive as a mischievous sprite and as a Leonardo angel in touch with another world. (...) Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland".
Barbara Kanold, Prospero's Bitter Voyage, "Gazeta Wyborcza", 26 May 2015:
„The Tempest based on Shakespeare and Mahler is, in my opinion, the most mature choreography by Izadora Weiss. The new production is presented by very talented and international company of BDT which has recently brought in some truly outstanding new blood.
(...) The production devoid of any flashiness and cheap tricks has good rhythm, the dancers perform with great fluency. I particularly liked the women. It is played without an unnecessary intermission hence the tension is kept.
(...) Watching this production is a pure pleasure enriched by moments of reflection and reverie. After Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream both the choreographer and the company seems to have grown up and become ready for this rather difficult task of performing The Tempest".
Graham Watts, Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands bills 1 & 2 – Gdansk, www.dancetabs.com, 24 November 2014:
While any increase in BDT’s Kylián repertoire is to be welcomed, it is clear that the pupil is now herself becoming a master. Weiss’s bold and imaginative choreography has already established her unique brand of dance theatre through a collection of excellent works that deserve a world audience of their own. The reputation of this nascent company – already significant after just four complete seasons – and their resident choreographer/director must surely continue to grow, reminding us that the trading route does not just end in Gdańsk, but can start there, too.
Weiss is a rare, and fresh, choreographic talent; the company will be one to follow as it matures".
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a mature and beautiful production. It is a success of the choreographer as well as of her dance company”.
(...) Eroticism, romance and comedy were all well to the fore under Weiss’ fast-paced direction and the scenes with the four mismatched lovers were subtly nuanced to convey the humour and pathos of their unrequited romances in casual glances and tag duets".
Ultimately this was a very human take on the Dream – full of emotional punch, fun and bold movement in a clever modern staging. It’s a production that you could take anywhere in the world and it would connect with people – and travel I hope it does. There is a hunger and freshness at BDT which I’m glad to have seen first hand and look forward to tracking – we all like following winners".