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Thrills and frivolities in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s company is back at Sadler’s Wells this month, with its award winning production of Swan Lake. An expected box office sell-out for the theatre that housed the premiere in 1995, and an exciting opportunity for dance lovers to see again the show that once took London by storm.

Wednesday 18th December 2013 Read more...
Messing about in boats: the Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

Acclaimed choreographer Will Tuckett's version of children's classic The Wind in the Willows is a slice of theatrical magic. Marianka Swain reviews at the Duchess Theatre

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
English National Ballet's Edwardian Nutcracker: The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum

English National Ballet has performed The Nutcracker every year since it was founded in 1950. The latest version, by former company artistic director Wayne Eagling, had a rather traumatic creation but the old-fashioned Edwardian Nutcracker has become a favourite. At the London Coliseum.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Renaud Wiser has the weight of Rambert behind him: Renaud Wiser Dance Company Double Bill - Metropolis and Skin Walkers at Rich Mix

Budding young choreographer Renaud Wiser presents two dynamic, experimental pieces, his choreography bearing the hallmark of his dancing experience. At Rich Mix.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House

This classic, packed with action and drama, always offers a good night out. Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta made this particular night one to remember. At the Royal Opera House.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Ballet Cymru Romeo and Juliet

A small company with big ambitions, Ballet Cymru's latest work, Romeo and Juliet, is another triumph for this determined company. 

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Shobana Jeyasingh’s unique Strange Blooms world première

This double bill from Shobana Jeyasingh spans 25 years of her career, from early success Configurations to the world première of Strange Blooms. It's off-kilter, unique and addictively watchable. At Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew by Stuttgart Ballet

John Cranko choreographed his comical ballet Taming of the Shrew for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1969. This re-staging of Shakespeare's love story is surprisingly witty and romantically danced at Sadler's Wells, November 2013.

Friday 29th November 2013 Read more...
BalletBoyz – The Talent display unique group identity

In a double bill at Sadler’s Wells, BalletBoyz demonstrate a common identity unlike any other company of their size.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Phoenix Dance Theatre spins into action in Particle Velocity

Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre performed Particle Velocity at the Linbury Studio, on the 19th November.

Monday 25th November 2013 Read more...
Michael Clark Company leaves audience speechless

Unique, wacky and more than a little bit mad, Michael Clark's triple bill at the Barbican will leave you speechless, if a little frazzled. Co-commissioned by the Barbican, this is an upgrade of the double bill Clark presented in Autumn 2012. This bold, unapologetic triple bill bombards the brain from all directions: I can safely say I have never before seen anything like it.

Friday 22nd November 2013 Read more...
Stuttgart Ballet’s Made in Germany: a showcase of repertory

Stuttgart Ballet has a long tradition of promoting new choreography, and in this spirit the first programme for its visit to Sadler’s Wells included thirteen brief choreographies, all specially made for the company. Blending old pieces with more recent additions, the bill formed a heterogeneous conglomerate showcasing the wide range of styles in Stuttgart’s repertory and the versatility of its dancers.

Wednesday 20th November 2013 Read more...
An evening of British-Chinese collaboration at Sadler's Wells

Sadler’s Wells present these five original works as an evening of British-Chinese cultural collaboration, but while full of beautiful moments, the evening falls short of this advertised purpose. Choreographers Russell Maliphant and Christopher Wheeldon each present two pieces, while Edwaard Liang presents one. 

Monday 18th November 2013 Read more...
Company Chameleon changes colour at the Linbury Studio

Company Chameleon is a modern ballet company based in Salford, founded and directed by two dancers who began their performative careers studying at the Trafford Youth Dance Theatre – Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner. Their performance at the Royal Opera House demonstrated that the founding dancers' concerns, at least in this programme, are about human interaction on a social and mythological level. 

Monday 18th November 2013 Read more...
The Welsh Play? Mac//Beth at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre

De Oscuro's Mac//Beth is a dark and brooding piece of dance, brimming with stunning visual scenes, and well-placed in the intimate space of the Royal Opera House: Linbury Studio Theatre. 

Wednesday 13th November 2013 Read more...
Embracing Tango: Cherkaoui’s exploratory journey in M¡longa

Prolific choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui plunges into Tango with an avid curiosity and sensitive perception. His new work M¡longa, a Sadler's Wells production that premièred in Mézières, Switzerland, earlier this year, reflects his learning journey with a sharp melancholic atmosphere. 

Monday 11th November 2013 Read more...
Dancing to Benjamin Britten: Richard Alston’s Phaedra

Barbican Britten: Phaedra is just one of the events in the venue’s two-week celebration of the composer’s centenary. The programme presents four pieces choreographed by Richard Alston to Benjamin Britten’s music. 

Monday 11th November 2013 Read more...
Anand Bhatt Dance Cooperire at Sadler's Wells platform Wild Card

Wild Card is a Sadler’s Wells initiative that gives artists the opportunity to present the work of their choice. It aims to bring fresh ideas to the stage by giving young creators a platform to share the work they admire. Anand Bhatt Dance perform Cooperire, a mixed bill of pieces from 4 choreographers, drawing on influences from contemporary and Khattak dance, martial arts and break-dancing.

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
Unsettling darkness in Hofesh Shechter’s new production Sun

Hofesh Shechter performs his new piece Sun at Sadler's Wells, opening 30th October 2013. 

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
Rambert's ‘The Castaways’ triple bill at Sadler's Wells

Rambert present a highly dynamic, bold and humorous triple bill at Sadler's Wells at the start of their Autumn Tour 2013. Two new works, The Castaways (ch: Barak Marshall) and Subterrain (ch: Ashley Page) stand alongside Mark Baldwin's The Comedy of Change.

Friday 25th October 2013 Read more...
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