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Reviews

ENB Nutcracker, Laurent Liotardo

Nutcracker

Choreography Wayne Eagling, concept Toer van Schayk and Eagling (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Northern Ballet ensemble, Emma Kauldhar

The Little Mermaid

David Nixon, music by Sally Beamish (Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Michael Keegan-Dolan's Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, Justin Tallis

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Writer, director, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teaċ Daṁsa (House of Dance) at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Northern Ballet dancers in The Little Mermaid, Emma Kauldhar

The Little Mermaid

David Nixon, music by Sally Beamish (Northern Ballet at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Company Chameleon in Illuminate, Company Chameleon

Illuminate

Kevin Edward Turner (Company Chameleon at Manchester Central Library).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Marianela Nuñez as Sylvia and Artists of The Royal Ballet, Alice Pennefather

Sylvia

(The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Men in Motion, Eliott Franks

Men in Motion

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine, Russell Maliphant, Arthur Pita, Christopher Bruce, Rudolf Nureyev, Alastair Marriott, Ludovic Ondiviela, Eric Gauthier, Alan Lucien Øeyen, Roland Petit and Daniel Proietto (Ivan Putrov Productions at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Animatorium, National Dance Company Wales

Roots

Caroline Finn, Lee Johnston, Matteo Marfoglia (National Dance Company Wales at Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre).
Reviewer: Othniel Smith

Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bill Cooper

Aladdin

(Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Jasmin Vardimon's Pinocchio, Tristram Kenton

Pinocchio

Jasmin Vardimon (Jasmin Vardimon Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Maria Vincentelli (Queen) and John Kendall (King), Bill Cooper

Rumpelstiltskin

Choreography by Liv Lorent, scenario by Carol Ann Duffy, music by Murray Gold (balletLORENT at Northern Stage, Newcastle).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Parade, Mark Douet

P.A.R.A.D.E

Marc Rees, Caroline Finn, Marcos Morau (National Dance Company Wales and Marc Rees at Wales Millennium Centre).
Reviewer: Othniel Smith

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

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

Twelve, Yuris Nórido

Debut

(Acosta Danza at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide, Jason Bell

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Kenneth MacmIllan (choreography)/ August Bournonville (original choreography) (English National Ballet / Royal Danish Theatre at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

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

Acosta Danza, Manuel Vason

Debut

(Acosta Danza at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Bill Cooper

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, music by Joby Talbot, design by Bob Crowley (Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Akram Khan's Giselle, Laurent Liotardo

Akram Khan's Giselle

Choreography by Akram Khan, music by Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score by Adolphe Adam (English National Ballet at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bill Cooper

Aladdin

Choreography by David Bintley (Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

News

Scottish Dance Theatre double bill spring 2018

Scottish Dance Theatre will present a double bill of Ritualia, set in a "post-gender" future choreographed by Colette Sadler, with Botis Seva's hip-hop / ballet / contemporary hybrid TutuMucky.

Vera Liber, 15 December 2017

BRB Sleeping Beauty tour

Sir Peter Wright’s Sleeping Beauty production for Birmingham Royal Ballet will tour in early 2018.

Vera Liber, 12 December 2017

Search for young dancers for Lancaster festival

Ludus Dance and The Dukes in Lancaster are searching for the best emerging talent from across the North West for the region’s latest BIG UP North Dance Theatre Festival.

David Upton, 10 December 2017

Umanoove presents The Knot

Umanoove, under the artistic direction of Dutch-born choreographer Didy Veldman, has announced The Knot as a new dance production for 2018.

Vera Liber, 02 December 2017

#JeSuis première from Aakash Odedra

The European première of Aakash Odedra’s #JeSuis will take place at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome in February 2018.

Vera Liber, 02 December 2017

People Dancing Together with Protein

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein and People Dancing have launched People Dancing: Together, a new programme of participatory dance.

Vera Liber, 02 December 2017

Stopgap Dance spring tour

The Enormous Room from Stopgap Dance Company, featuring disabled performer David Toole and Hannah Sampson, will tour in 2018.

Vera Liber, 29 November 2017

New staff at Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground, dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging dance artists in the NE, appoints new staff members.

Peter Lathan, 24 November 2017

Polunin Sunday matinée at Coliseum

Sergei Polunin has announced a mixed programme at the London Coliseum for a matinée performance in December 2017.

Vera Liber, 24 November 2017

Ballet Now—first commissions announced

Birmingham Royal Ballet, in association with Sadler’s Wells, announces its first commissions as part of ballet talent development programme.

Vera Liber, 12 November 2017

Cardiff Dance Festival 2017

The biennial Cardiff Dance Festival, launched in 2015, will bring together works performed by artists and companies from across Wales, the UK and further afield.

Vera Liber, 12 November 2017

ENB Nutcracker national tour

This year’s tour of Wayne Eagling’s version continues English National Ballet Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production every year since 1950, its founding year.

Vera Liber, 11 November 2017

NYDC new line-up for sixth year

Thirty new young dancers from across the country have been chosen to join the 41-strong National Youth Dance Company, with Sharon Eyal to lead as Guest Artistic Director.

Vera Liber, 11 November 2017

2Faced Dance tours What the Moon Saw

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, 2Faced Dance Company's What the Moon Saw tours to Birmingham, Canterbury and London in December 2017.

Vera Liber, 10 November 2017

One Dance UK launches Festive Season Auction

One Dance UK’s Festive Season Auction, an annual event to raise money for dance initiatives which has in past years raised over £50,000, is now live.

Vera Liber, 10 November 2017

Head Wrap Diaries bring hair salon to Contact

Uchenna Dance brings three female characters to Contact in Manchester as they take audiences through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship and, most importantly, hair.

David Upton, 05 November 2017

Dance and... Physics?

Southpaw Dance Company, the Institute of Physics and Durham University will co-operate on a series of workshops to explore the physics of dance.

Peter Lathan, 01 October 2017

Lowry sees start of Acosta tour

Acosta Danza, the new dance company founded by acclaimed Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, starts its UK tour at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Cardiff Dance Festival 2017

Cardiff Dance Festival 2017—a biennial festival, which was launched in 2015—will take place this year between 8 and 19 November 2017.

Vera Liber, 22 September 2017