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A fusion of contemporary and traditional African Caribbean forms, from dancers, drummers and international artists of all ages. Featuring Impulse, Birmingham's own adults' community performance group, Jamo Jamo Arts providing live African drumming and dance from Senegal, ACE Youth Dance Academy and Untold Dance Company from Amsterdam.
In Mana, South African Choreographer Vincent Mantsoe will take you back to ancient times, evoking the spirit and earthy ambience of African dance and Shaman traditions. The word 'mana' is used in over twenty-four languages, it unifies beliefs,cultures and ages. Delving deep into the unknown, Mana will take you on a journey. Feel the hairs on your neck stand up and a shiver down your spine as you encounter the force which resides within all living beings and inanimate objects, the stuff of which magic is made. Watch exceptional dancers express soul, energy and precision to a stunning backdrop of commissioned music and cutting-edge lighting design, with movement styles drawing from Afro-fusion, Martial Arts techniques, the essence of Flamenco and Ballet. Broken Borders Arts Project: Dark Cell. Drawing inspiration from former political prisoners of South Africa's Robben Island, Dark Cell is an award-winning dance work which uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. "Prison is designed to break one's spirit and destroy one's resolve... all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are." Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. Includes minimal male nudity. Performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in July 2014
Part of the Afrovibes Festival
Celebrate the majesty and grace of Bangladeshi dance with a captivating solo performance by Amina Khayyam.
a heresy to burn a book, but acceptable to burn a woman... Using classical Kathak dance with puppetry, Amina Khayyam Dance Company presents a story of A Thousand Faces of women who are discriminately attacked because of their gender, often caught up within cultural expectations. A Thousand Faces is a bold dance piece where Amina Khayyam uses Kathak's intricate and detailed theatrical movements of abhinaya for which she is acclaimed for her progressive work. A Thousand Faces aims to raise awareness of acid violence, acid attacks against women are a worldwide phenomenon and are not restricted to any race, religion or region. Cases of attacks have been reported in the UK and occur in many countries in the South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East. These are the reported cases, however numerous cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. In Pakistan, for example, many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal to no punishment from the state.
No judges, just dancing. Join Anton du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' in a glamorous celebration of Ballroom and Latin song and dance.
In Beauty and the Beast, a cruel Prince, cursed to spend his life living in a castle finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. The girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother dance through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse's stunning storybook set. To a score by Glenn Buhr, rich choreography brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, and a relationship that is at first terrifying, but ultimately beautiful. Running time: 2hrs 10mins (inclu. two 20 min intervals).
Three ballets spanning nearly a century of US creativity, from George Balanchine's earliest American creation to one of the Company's most recent commissions. Serenade - is a stunning piece of pure dance from master-choreographer George Balanchine, performed to the glorious music of Tchaikovsky. Wearing romantic costumes in shades of blue, dancers move elegantly on a bare stage, set against a midnight blue background. A milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America. Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces, commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012, was one of the highlights of that season and makes a welcome return. For her first piece for a major European company, award-winning American choreographer Lang used the romantic musical miniatures by Norwegian master Edvard Grieg and complemented them with a hand-picked design team, creating a ballet which The Stage described as 'a ballet of dreams and romantic moods which succeeds beautifully'. In the Upper Room features dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes who dominate the stage with energy, flair and finesse in this exhilarating, athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Philip Glass's score builds to an emotional peak with dancing that the press described as 'quick-witted and even quicker footed'. A high-octane, all-American evening!
Three one-act ballets each touched in some way by war. Kenneth MacMillan's La Fin du jour captures the glamorous 'la plage' lifestyle of the depression era. A group of trendy, bright young things while away their days with swimming, golf and new-fangled aeroplanes. They studiously ignore the looming threat of war which will eventually call time on their careless enjoyment and high spirits. Robert Helpmann's (Royal Ballet dancer and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) 1944 ballet Miracle in the Gorbals was a great leap forward for British ballet. Set in a run-down and dangerous Glasgow suburb, it dispensed with all the frippery of traditional ballets, replacing it with a gritty realism that proved an enormous success. After the shock of a girl's suicide, the arrival of a mysterious stranger who is able to bring her back to life creates waves among the violent inhabitants of the tenements. This ground-breaking dance drama is being re-created by Dame Gillian Lynne (a member of the original cast), using original set designs by Edward Burra, a leading 20th-century British artist. David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest is a ballet in two parts. Set to music by Malcolm Arnold,'Four Scottish Dances' presents a light-hearted and nostalgic, 'picture postcard' view of Scotland, whilst 'Scottish Ballad' strikes a more serious note, and is danced to a folk-inspired score by the young Benjamin Britten. The composer's pacifist views found voice in this piece, which takes its title from the famous ballad for the flower of Scottish youth slain on Flodden Field.
A humorous trip through time to learn valuable lessons in love. Count Guiccioli's infidelities cause marital strife between him and his wife and threaten both their anniversary celebration and the burgeoning love between Amynta and Sylvia, their servants. It is left to the God of Love, Eros (in disguise as a gardener), to reconcile their differences as he takes them, and us, back to the age of mythical Rome in order to teach them all a lesson about Love. David Bintley's time-hopping comedy features music by L?o Delibes, the composer of Copp?lia, and a colourful cast of Gods and Goddesses, slave girls and pirates. Tchaikovsky wrote of Delibes' score, that his own music for Swan Lake was 'poor stuff' in comparison.
Brendan Cole adds the international flavour to BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Sassy and sexy, Brendan is a charismatic performer, his choreography has a touch of genius, and his bold exchanges with the Strictly judges makes for great viewing.
The enigmatic Coppelia, believed to be the daughter of the reclusive toy-maker Coppelius, sits on her father's balcony, seemingly oblivious to the world around her. Her neighbour, the capricious Swanilda, is angered by Coppelia's aloof attitude, and becomes even more alarmed when her fiancé Franz begins to take more than a passing interest in the girl. When she breaks into Coppelius's house to confront her rival, she soon realises that Coppelia is not quite what she seems.
The enigmatic Coppelia, believed to be the daughter of the reclusive toy-maker Coppelius, sits on her father's balcony, seemingly oblivious to the world around her. Her neighbour, the capricious Swanilda, is angered by Coppelia's aloof attitude, and becomes even more alarmed when her fiance Franz begins to take more than a passing interest in the girl. When she breaks into Coppelius's house to confront her rival, she soon realises that Coppelia is not quite what she seems.
In 1940s LA, a romance unfolds between a beautiful starlet and her handsome lover. Dance 'Til Dawn will transport you to a time of elegance with stunning sets, a live band, world class dancers and Vincent and Flavia themselves with their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography.
A Cambridge Junction commission. Huge in attitude but small in stature, join intrepid Thumbelina, her adventuring Granny and a forest full of animals on a whirlwind adventure to the big bad city. Featuring a gangster mole, singing fish, biker beetles and crooning birds, award-winning physical theatre company Dancing Brick perform a thrilling and moving version of Thumbelina filled with puppetry, clowning, live music, all topped off with a sprinkling of snow. A brand-new, brightly-coloured, action-packed musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale.
Formed in 2007, in memory of a dear friend, the dance troupe consists of eleven members from East London and the Essex area. Diversity are really one big family. They are made up of three sets of brothers: Ashley and Jordan Banjo, Ian, Jamie and Matthew McNaughton, Sam and Mitchell Craske. They are complemented by four of their best friends: Terry Smith, Ike Ezekwugo, Warren Russell and Perri Luc Kiely.
In the gothic fairy tale, an eccentric inventor dies before completing his latest creation, a boy who, left with only scissors for hands, must find his own way in a strange suburban world. A new adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture.
Capturing the true 'Essence of Ireland' this show takes audiences to a unique place in which Irish myths are explored through the power of Irish dancing, Irish music, and the delicate narration that accompanies this dramatic story. Showcasing some of Ireland's finest musicians and dancers this is an authentic experience allowing you to savour delightful harmonies beautiful choreography and an infusion of guitars in a musical journey you will never forget.
Brazilian Dance Company founded in 1975 by Paulo Pederneiras.
Jaleo Flamenco is packed with pulsating rhythms, spontaneous emotion and passionate drama! An exciting fusion of dance, song, guitar rhythms and hand clapping - sure to get everyone's feet tapping!
A spectacular day and evening of singing and dance. You will be amazed by the sheer professionalism of these young stars. This high energy show is not to be missed.
Based on Irish folklore, this classic tale of Good vs. Evil, expressed through the universal language of dance, has thrilled audiences worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. As the story unfolds, the Little Spirit travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord. As this evil dark power challenges the hero, the incredible adventure continues, drawing its audience into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire.
Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful Indian classical dance from four highly-talented Bharatanatyam performers. Lakshmi Srinivasan, Artistic Director of Ankura Dance Academy, Raneesha Manoharan who has trained and performed extensively in Malaysia, Magdalen Gorringe who has studied Bharatanatyam since her childhood in South India and Jyoti Lata Parwana who trained under Chitraleka Bolar.
Bruce's company of ten exceptional dancers bring Bram Stoker's haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance. Running time: 1hr 50mins (inc. interval). Age guidance: 14+
This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Running time: 2hrs 5mins
Paco Pena's Requiem for the Earth combines the heart and ifre of flamenco with the passionate incantations of a Southern Spanish Requiem mass in an epic lament for our planet.
Shaheen presents his new performance work. Researched and developed with local residents and artists at the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, One features repetitive thoughts, statements and actions over a beat that marks the beginning and end of a time cycle. Points of arrival and departure are central to this improvisational work, and the performers deliver the piece in a trance-like state.
The original Irish dance extravaganza. Includes some flamenco and tap and the show has been revised a couple of times during its greatly extended life.
Craig Revel Horwood's Strictly Confidential gives theatre audiences the chance to get up close and personal with stars of the smash hit BBC One television series Strictly Come Dancing in this incredible dance spectacular.
Afrovibes Festival presents a double bill of contemporary dance from two of South Africa's leading performers. Uncles and Angels - With breathtaking use of interactive dance and video this piece looks at the South African traditional Reed Dance - a colourful celebration intended to promote respect for young women and preserve the custom of girls remaining virgins until marriage. It's a compelling examination of the manipulation of cultural heritage by those in power. Dark Cell- Drawing inspiration from former political prisoners of South Africa's Robben Island, Dark Cell is an award-winning dance work that uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. "Prison is designed to break one's spirit and destroy one's resolve... all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are." Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. Contains minimal male nudity.
Part of the Afrovibes Festival