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Award winning Aakash Odedra Company pushes the boundaries of narrative style dance using a movement vocabulary which blends contemporary dance, Kathak and Bharat Natyam.
Aakash Odedra loves to tell stories. In this programme, he does so with two contrasting solos in an evening of theatre and Kathak dance. Choreographed by Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas, Echoes is a feast for the eyes, inviting us to consider our relationship with our ancestors. In I Imagine, Aakash delves into comedy and theatre in a playful collaboration with award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz.
The Magic Fish communicates big ideas to small children. ATMA Dance's modern take on a classic Indian myth stimulates thought about the essentials for life on earth. Weaving a mix of classical Indian and Contemporary dance with Indian scat singing 'konnakol', young audiences (5+ years) are introduced to their first taste of Bharatanatyam. Take part in a workshop before The Magic Fish and participate in the performance by creating a symbolic gift that represents your ideas and place it in a boat that the Magic Fish tows away to make a new world
From the award-winning team who made Rapunzel and Snow White, balletLORENT presents this world premiere retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Director Liv Lorent, with a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold and narration by actor Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones). Featuring a local community cast of local children aged 5-9 and over 60s alongside professional dancers.
Watch Bare Toed Dance Company's aerial dancers climb, twist and spin - are they flying or falling? Take part and move on the earth and in the sky, harness your dancing energy and try out dance take-offs and landings using harnesses, ropes and green screen landscapes to fly above and beyond!
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.
Blending elements from dance, physical and object theatre, The North follows a man's journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. A place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm and letting go the only way to survive.
A dance theatre adaptation inspired by the tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl's hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage. A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve. Pacing the darkening streets with just one final match flame to keep her warm, the little match girl sees a vision of her beloved Grandmother, who guides her up into the night sky, to the shining moon. Now, on a clear night, if you look closely, you might see the light of a shooting star, or is it a match burning brightly?
London 1940...The Blackout... a siren sounds... New Adventures' production of Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative journey through London during the Second World War. Matthew Bourne's interpretation of Prokofiev's haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. First seen in the West End in 1997.
Motionhouse Theatre are celebrated for their intensely physical choreography danced with style and abandon, stunning sets and a unique theatrical vision.
Motionhouse bring their incredible new multi-media show Charge, a unique collaboration between art and science. The show sees six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep in to the human body, telling the important story of energy in our lives.
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.
The show takes a journey through quintessential jazz, entangling movement within the graceful perspective of tap dance. Conversations of question and answer between soloists of the band and the performers expose emotions and trigger manoeuvres back and forth between each art form on stage. Led by a live musical force the show takes an experimental ride attempting to understand the journey of falling out of love. These fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love for, and raw relationship with tap dance. Using the sparse setup of the wooden boards concealing how love can never be defined, Fall Out pushes the boundaries of strength and intensity through the bare sounds of music and dance, articulated through complex rhythms and spectacularly technical performance.
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.
Christopher Bruce's masterpiece, Ghost Dances, is possibly the most popular work in Rambert's history. It tells stories of love and compassion, as death ? in the form of the iconic ?ghost dancers?? interrupts the daily lives of a series of ordinary people. Visually referencing the Day of the Dead, and driven by bewitching Latin American folk music, it is a moving, intensely human work. This triple bill also includes a brand new dance theatre creation by rising star Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed on stage. Completing the programme is an all-action work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Andonis Foniadakis.
'Welcome to Speakeasy. All is not as it seems and if you happen upon it, best walk the other way.' Speakeasy is a reinterpretation of the classic tale of Faust, where Faust enters a seemingly normal prohibition era bar, unaware that the bar is owned by the devil and populated by his demons, including the charismatic barman, Mephistopheles. Featuring a spectacular 1920's themed set, world-class projection visuals from award-winning company Novak, a cinematic soundtrack comprising big band classics and contemporary hits, alongside the distinctive Southpaw movement vocabulary, Speakeasy has been called, "atmospheric, vigorous, and breath-taking" (Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph).
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.