News, reviews and features from the world of dance.


Rosalind by James Cousins, David Foulkes


Choreography James Cousins (James Cousins Company at The Place London).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Kintsugi, James Keates


Charles Linehan, Oded Ronen and Cristian Duarte (choreographers) (Transitions Dance Company at Axis Arts Theatre, Crewe).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Tree of Codes , Joel Chester Fildes

Tree of Codes

Director and choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual concept Olafur Eliasson, composer Jamie xx (Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Cinderella,


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

Blanca Li Dance Company in Robot, Laurent Philippe


Choreography and direction Blanca Li (Blanca Li Company at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Eva Yerbabuena, Fernando Ruso


Direction, original idea and choreography Eva Yerbabuena (Flamenco Festival London 2017 at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN, Hugo Gumiel


Direction, choreography and dance Israel Galván (Flamenco Festival at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Ensemble in Masurca Fogo, Zerrin Aydin-Herwegh

Masurca Fogo

Director and choreographer Pina Bausch (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

I now, I then: Alessandra Ferri and Gary Avis in Woolf Works, Tristram Kenton

Woolf Works

Direction and choreography Wayne McGregor, music Max Richter (Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Familie Flöz Teatro Delusio, Valeria Tomasulo

Teatro Delusio

London International Mime Festival 2017 (Familie Flöz, TheaterHaus Stuttgart at Peacock Theatre).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Laurretta Summerscales as Giselle and Xander Parish as Albrecht in ENB's Giselle, Laurent Liotardo


Production and choreography Mary Skeaping; music Adolphe Adam (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Natalia Romanova as Odette, Swan Lake act 2, SPCB

Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky (Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Bradley Charles as March Hare, Rowen Hawkins as Tweedle-dun, Kayla Lomas-Kirton as Alice, Andry Oporia as Cheshire Cat, Teneisha Bonner as Queen of Hearts, Manny Tsakanika as Tweedle-dee, Tommy Frazen as Ernest and Jaih Betote as White Rabbit, Alice Pennefather

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Music by Josh Cohen & D J Walde, lyrics by Josh Cohen, Kate Prince & D J Walde (ZooNation at Roundhouse).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton


ENB autumn and winter season

English National Ballet performs Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s La Sylphide for the first time and revisits Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Akram Khan’s Giselle and Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet.

Vera Liber, 21 March 2017

Top American talent at Leicester dance festival

The UK debut of Philadelphia ballet company Philadanco and the return of New York dance company Urban Bush Women are two of the highlights of the Leicester annual festival Let’s Dance International Frontiers.

Steve Orme, 11 March 2017

Baryshnikov performs Brodsky in London

Legendary dancer (and Sex In The City star), Mikhail Baryshnikov, will perform in the UK première of Brodsky/Baryshnikov at London’s West End Apollo Theatre for a limited run in May 2017.

Vera Liber, 06 March 2017

Hip hop festival returns to Birmingham

Some of the “biggest names in local and international hip hop talent” will take to the streets of Southside, Birmingham for the second B-Side Hip Hop Festival.

Steve Orme, 05 March 2017

Theo Clinkard at Brighton Festival

Choreographer and stage designer Theo Clinkard's new work This Bright Field will première as part of Brighton Festival 2017.

Vera Liber, 22 February 2017

Rosie Kay Dance Company tours MK ULTRA

As “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” create headlines, Rosie Kay Dance Company’s new work MK ULTRA inspired by pop culture conspiracy theory and the Illuminati receives its world première.

Vera Liber, 22 February 2017

Michael Flatley pop-up dance workshops

A series of pop-up dance workshops has been launched as part of the new UK tour of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. 

Vera Liber, 06 February 2017

Richard Alston spring 2017 tour

Richard Alston Dance Company's spring tour features a world premièere alongside several of the choreographer's most popular works.

Vera Liber, 06 February 2017

Dancers are offered a Turn

North West dancers and dance-makers (aged 18+) are invited to submit proposals of short pieces of work, works-in-progress or extracts of longer works for inclusion in an annual event.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

Fresh LEAP for Liverpool dance

Merseyside Dance Initiative, MDI, is working with Unity theatre and MAKE Liverpool to bring LEAP dance 2017 to Liverpool this March.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Dance Grand Prix Europe 2017

This summer choreography competition is calling for dance schools and groups to register.

Vera Liber, 27 January 2017

Dance of all kinds coming to a village hall near you

This spring, the Rural Touring Dance initiative will bring dance styles ranging from Kathak to Contemporary to rural communities around the UK with new and returning works from 4 February onwards.

Vera Liber, 27 January 2017

Candoco's open week across London and Brighton

Candoco throws open its doors for a half-term week of participation, performance and discussion for dancers, teachers, young people, families and the public.

Vera Liber, 27 January 2017

Hello Salford, this is Cinderella!

Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to Salford from March 1 to 4 with its UK tour of Cinderella on a scale comparable to any major rock band's road trip.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Spring and summer at Dance City

Newcastle’s Dance City has announced its programme of performances for spring and summer 2017.

Peter Lathan, 17 January 2017

Dance sampler for The Lowry

A showcase that brings together acrobatics, ballet and flamenco is at the Lowry in Salford February 24 to 25.

David Upton, 15 January 2017

Red Shoes: extra dates at Birmingham Hippodrome

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes which has already sold out its first visit to Birmingham Hippodrome in February is to return in July 2017 as part of an extended UK tour.

Steve Orme, 15 January 2017

Arthur Pita Stepfather / Stepmother tour

Arthur Pita's Stepmother/ Stepfather double bill returns for a national tour, visiting six cities across the UK including seven nights at The Place, London.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017

NYDC reveals new line-up for fifth year

Thirty new young dancers from across the country have been chosen to join 40-strong National Youth Dance Company; Damien Jalet is to lead as Guest Artistic Director and the entire 2015/16 cohort of dancers are to graduate and achieve the Gold Arts Award.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017

UK debut of ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble

Malta’s national contemporary dance company ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble (artistic director Mavin Khoo) will perform across the UK in January and February 2017.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017

Resolution 2017 at The Place

The Place’s annual, New Year festival of short live dance and performance works by emerging artists returns for its 28th year in 2017.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017

Spring 2017 at The Place

The Place launches a season led by Work Place Artists James Cousins and Vera Tussing and includes the London première of Arthur Pita’s Stepmother/Stepfather.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017

BBC Young Dancer 2017

BBC Young Dancer 2017 has been inviting dancers aged 16 to 21 to enter in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance.

Vera Liber, 11 January 2017