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The Akram Khan Company is UK based with a truly global focus. Khan's choreography is a dazzling fusion of classical Indian katak and western contemporary dance - dance that is bold, uninhibited, intelligent, inventive and challenging.
In a much anticipated return, Akram Khan performs in his hugely popular tale of home and heritage, which first opened in 2011 to unanimous praise from the critics. Inspired by his parents' birthplace, DESH (Bengali for ?homeland') weaves together stories that span both Britain and Bangladesh to create a surreal world of myth and memory. To create this very personal solo piece, Khan brought together a team of collaborators of extraordinary proportions, joining forces with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, Sadler's Wells Associate Artist and award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook, writer and poet Karthika Na?r, and slam poet PolarBear.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Breakin' Convention '17 embarks on its eighth National tour in 2017, taking in nine venues across the UK. Venues include newcomers Norwich Theatre Royal, Southampton's Mayflower Theatre, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Rep. This has been made possible following a grant from Arts Council England.
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.
These talented local performers bring to life films, fables and fantasies from some of the most famous writers and storytellers in history. This dazzling production will be performed by a cast of over 250 dancers and singers.
Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever... Strictly's favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel good factor with pure romance. The dance showcase spectacular will give full on entertainment with a romantic feel and will transport you away to a place of wonderful moments, with lots of laughs and stories along the way. The pro-pairing have been on our screens for 8 years on the hit BBC show and are best known for their high intensity performances. Ian and Natalie have become family favourites, as they have always pushed the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity couple. On the night they will dance a mix of Ballroom and Latin with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life.
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.
The award-winning Race Horse Company was formed in 2008 out of a desire to create a completely new kind of contemporary circus - chaotic, humorous and uncompromising. Seven years later they remain focused on inspiring a love of circus in audiences everywhere.
Chaos, comedy and phenomenal stunts collide in the latest offering from the award-winning Finnish ensemble. Race Horse Company will get your pulse racing and have you gasping for breath in this new production packed with acrobatic skill and their trademark black humour. Super Sunday features the wheel of death, a human catapult, trampolining and the teeterboard - it's a thrilling roller coaster ride you won't want to end. Following the storming success of Petit Mal that thrilled audiences all over the world and was met with critical acclaim. The company now make a triumphant return to the UK to delight London audiences again. Prepare yourself for a sea of colour and a night of non-stop, high energy circus fun.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors. The show celebrates a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing traditional and current to the ancient Sean Nos dance style.
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.