News, reviews and features from the world of dance.


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Rosas Company in Rain, Anne Van Aerschot


Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, music Steve Reich (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Rosas & Ictus at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Filippo Di Vilio (Shmuel), Matthew Koon (Bruno), Emma Kauldhar

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, based on the novel by John Boyne (Northern Ballet at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Akram Khan in DESH, Richard Haughton


Choreography, direction and performance Akram Khan (Akram Khan Company at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Filippo Di Vilio (Shmuel) and Matthew Koon (Bruno), Emma Kauldhar

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, based on the novel by John Boyne (Northern Ballet at Cast, Doncaster).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Ashley Shaw (Victoria Page), Johan Perrson

The Red Shoes

Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, music by Bernard Herrmann (New Adventures at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

James Wilton Dance in Leviathan, Werner Kmetitsch and Steve Tanner


(James Wilton Dance at Contact Theatre).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Northern Ballet dancers in Casanova, Caroline Holden


Choreography Kenneth Tindall (Northern Ballet at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Northern Ballet dancers in Casanova, Emma Kauldhar


Kenneth Tindall (Northern Ballet at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Natalia Osipova as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling, Alice Pennefather


Choreography Kenneth MacMillan (Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Wear Your Wounds, Bill Knight

JV2 / 2017

Marilena Darea, Jukstapoz and Jasmin Vardimon (Jasmin Vardimon at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Seeta Patel, Dagmara Gieysztor

Not Today's Yesterdays

Seeta Patel (concept), Lina Limosani (choreography), Dagmarsa Gieysztor (visual dramaturg), Sharmila Chauhan and Seeta Patel (script) (Seeta Patel Dance at The Lowry studio).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Wellness by Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek, Phile Deprez


Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek (CAMPO and Transform, in collaboration with Northern School of Contemporary Dance at Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Cast of COAL, Joe Armitage


Choreography by Gary Clarke and the performers (Gary Clarke Company at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Smother, Cody Choi


Andrea Walker (201 Dance Company at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Men and Girls Dance, Matthew Andrews

Men and Girls Dance

(Fevered Sleep in association with Fuel at The Place).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Mar Bonet Sans as Cinderella and Riku Yamamoto as the Prince, ASH

My First Ballet: Cinderella

(English National Ballet and English National Ballet School at New Wimbledon Theatre).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Rosie Kay Dance Company, Brian Slater

MK Ultra

Rosie Kay (Rosie Kay Dance Company at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Ballet Central Highland Fling: Stephen Murray, Bill Cooper

2017 Tour

(Ballet Central at Stratford Circus Arts Centre).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt


Ballet Cymru brings Shakespeare to Preston

Award-winning Ballet Cymru presents its version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Preston Charter theatre next Wednesday.

David Upton, 04 June 2017

Ballet Now nurtures ballet talent

Birmingham Royal Ballet in association with Sadler’s Wells is to launch a ballet development programme in 2017.

Vera Liber, 22 May 2017

Lowry search for dance stars of the future

The Lowry in Salford is holding a series of open days and auditions around the North West for young performers committed to a career in dance.

David Chadderton, 12 May 2017

Newcomer Nisha brings on the Bollywood

Newcomer Nisha Aaliya will play fiery heroine Dr Katrina Pawar in Bollywood dance-theatre show Bring on the Bollywood which opens a UK tour at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.

Steve Orme, 30 April 2017

Leicester festival welcomes Philadelphia dancers

Philadelphia-based dance company Philadanco is one of the attractions of Let’s Dance International Frontiers, a “dynamic” annual dance festival in Leicester.

Steve Orme, 23 April 2017

Casanova's nights in Salford

The Lowry treats Salford to Northern Ballet's world première tour of Casanova next week.

David Upton, 23 April 2017

May dance fest at Lowry

The Lowry will present work from five of the world’s acclaimed dance companies in May.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Opportunities for young dancers in Northamptonshire

Royal and Derngate and The Core at Corby Cube with Richard Alston Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky to enable dance artists and choreographers to work with young people in Northamptonshire.

Steve Orme, 07 April 2017

Casanova in Salford

Northern Ballet brings history’s most notorious lover to Salford with its sensual new ballet Casanova.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Lancashire Youth Dance Festival

The Dukes and Ludus Dance in Lancaster have joined forces again to host the annual Lancashire Youth Dance Festival.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Lord of the Dance for Manchester

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is heading to Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

Transforming Fertile Ground

NE graduate dance company Fertile Ground is transforming itself during 2017.

Peter Lathan, 29 March 2017