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Renowned for its soul-stirring high energy performances, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of America's greatest companies. Taking popular music, gospel and jazz and mixing the classical vocabulary of ballet with a contemporary style, the Company of 30 dancers radiate a slick and sassy energy that is purely infectious.
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.
World-class Cuban ensemble Danza Contemporanea de Cuba celebrates 50 years of dance excellence with its first ever major UK tour. Rarely seen outside its native country, this company of 21 dancers brings the heat and passion of Cuba to the stage with an eclectic mix of contemporary and classical dance fused with Afro-Caribbean and Spanish styles. With some of the world's finest dancers and international guest choreographers in the mix - including dance superstar Rafael Bonachela - from the heat of Cuba comes the heart of dance!
'Like wine, it makes you happy, makes you laugh, makes you think. A hit' (Stuff.co.nz). Inhale the scent of crushed cinnamon and star anise, see lush dance on wine barrels, hear live music and feel the power a glass of wine can hold. Fresh from eight NZ seasons. 'Wow' ***** (TheatreView.org.nz). From the makers of Back of the Bus. Witness this dangerous, ancient story as we tend vines, crush grapes and ferment juice. Dance. Theatre. Intoxicating live music. Choose to stay after the show to taste a selection of New Zealand wines, hosted by the cast.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Venue 322
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.
Please note that neither Michael Flatley nor Nadine Coyle are appearing in this tour.
Multi award-winning Russian classical ballerina Natalia Osipova is a major star in the dance world. She started formal ballet training at age 8, joining the Bolshoi Ballet at age 18 and dancing many of the art form's biggest roles. After leaving the Bolshoi in 2011, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a guest dancer and later the Mikhailovsky Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet as a principal in 2013 after her guest appearance in Swan Lake.
World Premiere. Osipova will be joined by Sergei Polunin for these world premieres, marking the first time they have danced together in the UK.
Edinburgh International Festival
Award-winning UK aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor create original and ground-breaking physical theatre from the stories and relationships inherent in circus.
Tipping Point is set in the round, the five performers take simple metal poles and transform them into a rich landscape of images. The audience are drawn in, close to the action as the toppling poles veer from catastrophe to mastery.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This event takes place at Venue 166. Saint Stephen's Stockbridge, St Stephen Street, St Vincent Place EH3 5AB
Britain's biggest and most exciting touring dance company who often tour two programmes at a time. Dancing to a mixture of musical styles they provide enormously watchable evenings.
To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Rambert presents two programmes at Sadler's Wells. Contemporaries is a programme of work from a new generation of dance makers, exploring themes of migration, identity, society and art. The evening features new pieces by emerging choreographers, including Alexander Whitley (a Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Artist), Malgorzata Dzierzon and Patricia Okenwa, currently a member of Sadler's Wells Summer University, all of whom have worked with Rambert and New Movement Collective. The Creation is Joseph Haydn's masterpiece, with its lyrical arias and monumental choruses showcasing one of the greatest classical composers at his peak. Rambert's new staging sees over 50 dancers perform Mark Baldwin's choreography, accompanied by 70 musicians including the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers and three soloists. Designs by artist Pablo Bronstein further complement Haydn's score.
Contemporary dance. Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK's leading centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring choreographers in British dance.
Crystal Pite/Angelin Preljocaj - Sensuality, brutality and spellbinding spectacle come together in a double bill of major contemporary dance works from Scotland's national ballet company, radically contrasting in their dance styles, but equally powerful in their extreme emotional impact. A 38-strong corps de ballet is transformed into a swarming, scurrying mass of insectlike creatures in the multi-award winning Emergence by Crystal Pite, which draws parallels between classical ballet's traditional hierarchies and the swarm intelligence of bees. By turns ritualistic and mesmerising, and cast on a huge scale, Emergence transforms the stage into the dancers' eerie subterranean hive, combining the elegant lines of classical ballet with weird, insect-like movements and chaotic formations. With a hypnotic electronic score by Owen Belton, Emergence is a spectacular showpiece from one of today's most exciting and innovative choreographers. Angelin Preljocaj's MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a hymn to the male body, a meeting of the spiritual and the carnal, a glorification of masculinity and a condemnation of force. Performed by 12 male dancers representing the Apostles of Jesus, this powerfully sensual work takes as its starting point the Last Supper as related in the Gospel of St Mark, chapter 14, verse 22 as Christ breaks bread and announces to his disciples: 'Take it; this is my body.' Through ritual washing, tender affection and images of cruelty, MC 14/22 evokes Biblical scenes in a visceral, sometimes brutal work that explores the idea of surrendering the body so that it can be recreated anew. Angelin Preljocaj is one of the world's preeminent choreographers, revered for his unmistakably provocative dance vocabulary focusing strongly on physicality and sensuality.
Edinburgh International Festival
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.