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Echoes, choreographed by Aditi Mangaldas, is a stunning approach to traditional Kathak dance. Here, both choreographer and performer listen attentively to the echoes of our life. Aakash dances majestically across a stage invaded by cascades of bells conjuring up his roots and ties. I Imagine is Aakash's exploration of dance-theatre by embodying three generations of migrants through masks and acting. The result? A visceral and witty take on identity and longing. Dozens of piled suitcases on stage are unlocked to unveil a very touching performance.
The critically acclaimed Ballet Black strive to honour the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting-edge choreography. Now an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the company is the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, providing them with a platform on which to perform and practise their craft. Unsurprisingly, Ballet Black attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world.
Ballet Black, now celebrating its 16th year, has been delighting a new generation of dance fans with its "dash, daring and joie de vivre" (Guardian). In this triple bill, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has once again commissioned bold choreography, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent. A four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, Captured ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance's edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. First premiered in 2012, Captured was an instant audience and critical success, "...a highly dynamic work, set to the dense and threatening strings of Stostakovich." (Telegraph) Celebrated British choreographer Michael Corder, whose glittering versions of Cinderella and The Snow Queen have been seen across Europe, creates the evening's second abstract piece for four dancers to the beautiful music of Debussy with designs from long-time Ballet Black collaborator, Yukiko Tsukamoto. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as she gives her story ballet a surprising twist: this time, the wolf will truly regret ever meeting Red Riding Hood.
Inspired by Marjolaine Leray's popular minimalist picture book - which features a particularly savvy Red Riding Hood getting the better of a not very clever wolf - Cas Public's 25th anniversary production delivers the amazing productions values and stunning dance that we have grown to know and love from this brilliant Montreal-based company. This playful work choreographed by H?l?ne Blackburn cleverly combines dancers with projections, shadows, and a magical world where animation comes to life.
Djanogly Theatre. Part of Wheee! Children's Festival
Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners' strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten. Bringing together Clarke's striking physical language performed by a company of 7 high class dancers, a local community cast of women and a live colliery brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival.
Karen and Kevin are now established as one of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing most popular dance couples. Karen has appeared in four series of TV's most watched programme, partnering Nicky Byrne from Westlife, "Hairy Biker" Dave Myers, reached the final with Mark Wright before stealing the show on the last series with Jeremy Vine. Kevin set a new Strictly record on the last series by becoming the first professional ever to reach the final for three consecutive years. After making a spectacular debut with Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid, he went on to make finals with popstar Frankie Bridge and recently Eastenders actress Kellie Bright.
What does Home mean to you? A place you look forward to being in? A place you can't wait to leave? Thoughts and feelings of real Nottingham people about home have inspired this beautiful and funny piece of theatre, directed by Fiona Buffini in collaboration with Next Door Dance. Who does the washing up? Are you a clothes neatly folded or a thrown on the floor person? How does the home help you to unwind from a long day at work? Do you live in a showroom or in chaos? All these questions and more explored to create an illuminating and enjoyable journey through the lives of Nottingham people and what home means to them.
Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The ?Remembering Fred Tour' will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests. Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz and Janette will be performing steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood's most celebrated dance routines. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and discuss what made him so special. Remembering Fred will feature songs such as They Can't Take That Away From Me, Night & Day, S'Wonderful, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin' On The Ritz, Let's Face The Music & Dance, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, White Tie & Tail and many others.
Contributions to the show by:Ava Astaire-McKenzie, Bruce Oldfield, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Twiggy.
The dancers will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock 'n' roll. Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That'll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools Fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C'Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You. The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!