News, reviews and features from the world of dance.


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

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in ENB's Nutcracker, Laurent Liotardo


Choreography Wayne Eagling, music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, design Peter Farmer (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Corey Annand as The Little Match Girl, Phil Conrad

The Little Match Girl

Director & choreographer Arthur Pita, composer Frank Moon (Sadlers Wells and DanceEast at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Up & Down by Eifman Ballet, Evgeny Matveev

Up & Down

Choreography Boris Eifman, music George Gershwin, Franz Schubert, Alban Berg (Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Ashley Shaw as Vicky Page in The Red Shoes, Johan Persson

The Red Shoes

Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, music Bernard Herrmann, design Lez Brotherston (New Adventures at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Wang Qimin and Li Jun in The Peony Pavilion, National Ballet of China

The Peony Pavilion

Adaptation and director Li Liuyi, choreography Fei Bo (National Ballet of China at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Cesar Corrales, Laurent Liotardo

The Nutcracker

Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (English National Ballet at Liverpool Empire).
Reviewer: David Sedgwick

Witness, Company Chameleon


(Company Chameleon at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Colm Hogan

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala

Michael Kegan-Dolan (Teac Damsa, Sadler’s Wells London, Colours International Dance Festival, Theatrehaus Stuttgart, Dublin Theatre Festival and Les Théâtres de la Ville Luxembourg at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton


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

Liverpool opens new Flatley UK tour

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games returns to the UK at Liverpool Empire Theatre in January.

David Upton, 11 December 2016