News, reviews and features from the world of dance.


Itziar Mendizabal in Elite Syncopations, Bill Cooper/ROH 2017

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

Twelve, Yuris Nórido


(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


(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


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

Hull New Theatre, Robbie Jack

Opening The New

(The Royal Ballet at Hull New Theatre).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Het Nationale Ballet - Gala, Michel Schnater

Gala 2017

(Dutch National Ballet at Stopera, Amsterdam).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

+/- Human, Ravi Deepres / Alicia Clarke

+/- Human

Curated by Wayne McGregor / Zoological art installation by Random International (Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor at The Roundhouse London).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernández as Romeo and Juliet, and Michael Coleman as Friar Lawrence in Nureyev's Romeo & Juliet, Laurent Liotardo

Romeo & Juliet

Choreography Rudolf Nureyev, music Sergei Prokofiev (English National Ballet at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre).
Reviewer: Vera Liber


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

English National Ballet 2018 spring/summer season

ENB's spring/summer 2018 season will include a new work by William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins's The Cage, Aszure Barton's Fantastic Beings and Kenneth MacMillan's The Sleeping Beauty, as well as a new touring version of My First Ballet: Swan Lake.

Vera Liber, 15 September 2017

Nureyev film The White Crow begins shooting

The White Crow, based on a chapter in the life of Rudolf Nureyev, has been shooting for two weeks in France and Russia at authentic locations from the life of the dancer.

Vera Liber, 15 September 2017

Clinkard's Bright Field autumn tour

Following its world première as part of Brighton Festival earlier this year, choreographer and stage designer Theo Clinkard will tour This Bright Field.

Vera Liber, 13 September 2017

Trio of Welsh dance treats

Three very different pieces form National Dance Company Wales’ September tour at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

David Upton, 03 September 2017

Triple treat from Rambert

Rambert brings Christopher Bruce’s iconic Ghost Dances and a world première to The Lowry.

David Upton, 27 August 2017

New ENB works for Palace

Two works new to English National Ballet’s repertoire will be performed at Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 27 August 2017

11 Million Reasons to Dance

An exhibition at Dance City celebrates deaf and disabled people who dance.

Peter Lathan, 18 August 2017

Aladdin ballet for Lowry

David Bintley’s Aladdin comes to The Lowry in Salford September 20 to 23.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Strictly stars for St Helens

Strictly Come Dancing dance professionals Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse are coming to St Helens.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

2Faced Dance tours Outlands

2Faced Dance Company presents Outlands in autumn 2017, a new triple bill of contemporary dance.

Vera Liber, 17 August 2017

Project Polunin at London Coliseum

Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin’s company Project Polunin will present a mixed programme of new and revived work at the London Coliseum in December 2017.

Vera Liber, 17 August 2017

Zakharova and stars of Bolshoi at London Coliseum

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet, brings her triple bill Amore to the London Coliseum in November.

Vera Liber, 14 August 2017

ENB Giselle extras

English National Ballet has added an additional matinée performance of Akram Khan’s Giselle at Sadler’s Wells.

Vera Liber, 30 July 2017