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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.
World Premiere. National Youth Dance Company returns to Sadler's Wells to premiere a new work created by the 2016-17 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet. NYDC has established a reputation for producing performances with a range of dancers who are expressive, brave and shaping the future of dance in this country. This new commission sees Jalet and the company of 40 young dancers present a unique piece of theatre which addresses themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Jalet's revered choreographic style combined with the young dancers' energy and talent is set to produce a mesmerising experience that shifts the consciousness of the audience.
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.
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.
Tango is the rhythm of the city, the heat of the streets and the pulse of life. Tango Moderno is the irresistible hot new stage spectacular from Vincent and Flavia: dance partners for over two decades, world champions, Strictly favourites and acclaimed West End stage stars, whose previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance Til Dawn and The Last Tango have all been acclaimed, sell-out hits. The new production fuses together Ballroom, Latin, and Argentine tango to give you a performance that smoulders with desire. With classic steps, they create a Tango for today.