News, reviews and features from the world of dance.


Wear Your Wounds, Bill Knight

JV2 / 2017

Marilena Darea, Kukstapoz 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

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

Gary Clarke's COAL, Joe Armitage


Gary Clarke (Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton


Javier de Frutos (choreography), Pontus Lidberg (choreography), Ben Foskett (music) (BalletBoyz at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Dreda Blow as Bellino and Giuliano Contadini as Casanova in Casanova, Emma Kauldhar


Kenneth Tindall and Ian Kelly (Northern Ballet at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Coralligen - Choreo Jason Tucker, year two - dancers of the second year, Nicole Guarino

Spring Showcase

(Rambert School at Anya Linden Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

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


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

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