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Once upon a time, in a country a long way from here...An impoverished merchant travelling wearily home stumbles on a deserted castle and takes refuge from the storm. He rests and is tended by invisible forces, but when he repays this kindness by stealing a single rose, a fearsome Beast appears and exacts a terrifying forfeit.
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 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.
A fast moving celebration of the triumph of young love over the misguided plotting of others. The predicament of the innocent lovers Lise and Colas, the comic antics of Alain and the hilarious meddling of Widow Simone create some of the most memorable and technically challenging set pieces in the classica repertoire.
A beloved fairy-tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there's more to the man. This original ballet will expose a story so sensational you won't believe it's real. This spine-cingling spectacle of 18th century decadence will flood your senses and take your breath away.
Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right! Bringing this classic children's story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.
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.
A new work from Australian dance maker Lucy Guerin, Tomorrow, follows on from her collaboration with Carrie Cracknell on Macbeth for the Young Vic, with original music by electronica artist Scanner. Shobana Jeyasingh's enigmatic Terra Incognita, propelled by Gabriel Prokofiev's driving score, evokes the yearning for the unknown that inspired ancient sea-farers.
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.
The ever-musical Richard Alston Dance Company returns with a programme including dances to piano pieces that originate from completely different worlds. Brand new, these works by Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance are accompanied live onstage by the extraordinary pianist Jason Ridgway. Alston's lates work is inspired by the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music.: An Italian in Madrid continues Alston's fascination with the fusion of different cultures and styles and to explore this. Alston has invited BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel to join his company for this exciting new work. Lawrence evokes the tightly controlled but volatile energy of modern tango in his brand new piece Tangent with music by the father of Tango Nueva Astor Piazzolla.
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.