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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.
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - former dancers with The Royal Ballet - founded their all-male company Balletboyz in 2000. The company has since won multiple awards and has produced several acclaimed television projects, including The Rough Guide to Choreography (Channel 4), The Royal Ballet in Cuba (More4) and Balletboyz: The Rite of Spring (BBC Three), as well as creating the digital work for Christopher Wheeldon's Electric Counterpoint (The Royal Ballet).
World Premie (Sadlers Wells). BalletBoyz are back with a brand new show, performed by an all-male company of ten amazing dancers who perform to a mesmerizing and evocative original musical score. Featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, Life takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death, presented in the inimitable BalletBoyz style.
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.
Formed in 2007, in memory of a dear friend, the dance troupe consists of eleven members from East London and the Essex area. Diversity are really one big family. They are made up of three sets of brothers: Ashley and Jordan Banjo, Ian, Jamie and Matthew McNaughton, Sam and Mitchell Craske. They are complemented by four of their best friends: Terry Smith, Ike Ezekwugo, Warren Russell and Perri Luc Kiely.
The new tour Genesis is the concluding part of their super hero fantasy epic and follows 'Limitless: The Reboot'.
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.
When do we stop being children or feeling young? H2DANCE's latest work is created in collaboration with a cast of five dancers aged 9 to 65. It looks at the gaps and overlaps of generations with H2's distinctive charm and humour. Mixing movement and text, Staging Ages covers themes of generational dignity and pride, expectations, prejudices, norms and taboos. Contains scenes of full nudity.
As a performer Cousins toured with Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake before winning the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award in 2011. As a result he presented his first full evening of work at Sadler's Wells in 2012. Cousins has created work on Scottish Ballet, Edge and most recently The National Ballet of Chile.
Rising star of the British dance scene James Cousins' latest work is inspired by one of Shakespeare's most headstrong and independent heroines. Set in a modern city - conservative by day, wonderland by night- the curious, courageous heroine Rosalind embarks on a journey of self-discovery, fuelled by love and oppression. Shakespeare's Rosalind is a clever, funny wordsmith. In this unique production, created in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, Cousins takes her passion and eloquence beyond words.
Jasmin Vardimon Company (JVC) is one of Britain's most pioneering physical dance theatre companies, creating work that excites both the eye and the mind by pushing the boundaries of human physicality whilst engaging in universal, contemporary themes that strike an emotional chord. Vardimon's powerful art of story-telling integrates multiple layers of communication - combining dance, movement, video, animation, text and music. Her sharp instincts and keen observations of human behaviour deliver beautifully precise characterisation, powerfully brought to life by her company of versatile dancers. Cast from around the world, each performer brings his/her own unique experience, with dynamic results.
World Premiere. Showcasing Vardimon's uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style, Pinocchio will combine physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance to examine the idea of what it means to be human. With insightful humour, engaging drama and an acute observation of behaviour, Pinocchio will take audiences on a wonderful journey of discovery through the parameters of this timeless and beloved fable.
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.
Based on Irish folklore, this classic tale of Good vs. Evil, expressed through the universal language of dance, has thrilled audiences worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. As the story unfolds, the Little Spirit travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord. As this evil dark power challenges the hero, the incredible adventure continues, drawing its audience into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire.
Please note that neither Michael Flatley nor Nadine Coyle are appearing in this tour.
25 APRIL - 30 APRIL
18 MARCH - 19 MARCH
ROYAL CONCERT HALL, GLASGOW
11 APRIL - 15 APRIL
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
4 APRIL - 9 APRIL
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
21 FEBRUARY - 22 FEBRUARY
11 APRIL - 15 APRIL
OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
14 FEBRUARY - 19 FEBRUARY
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
24 MARCH - 26 MARCH
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH
7 MARCH - 12 MARCH
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
20 MARCH - 23 MARCH
THE SAGE, GATESHEAD
10 FEBRUARY - 12 FEBRUARY
BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON
20 JANUARY - 22 JANUARY
19 APRIL - 23 APRIL
SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM
16 APRIL - 18 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
30 JANUARY - 5 FEBRUARY
CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
27 JANUARY - 29 JANUARY
ST DAVID'S HALL, CARDIFF
9 JANUARY - 14 JANUARY
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
6 FEBRUARY - 9 FEBRUARY
IPSWICH REGENT, IPSWICH
24 JANUARY - 26 JANUARY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
23 FEBRUARY - 26 FEBRUARY
28 MARCH - 2 APRIL
GRAND THEATRE AND OPERA HOUSE, LEEDS
28 FEBRUARY - 5 MARCH
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
13 MARCH - 16 MARCH
HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE, ABERDEEN
OUT OF THIS WORLD is action packed theatre from acclaimed writer and director Mark Murphy. Set within a world of projected film and animation, it combines his signature mix of ground breaking aerial choreography, explosive special effects and intense storytelling. Part psychological thriller, part heart-rending medical drama; this is the story of a woman's descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. But once safely cocooned, she discovers a shocking truth that forces her to escape her subterranean safe-house in a very real fight for life.
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.
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.
After the enormous success of Dance for Life 2016, Peter Kay returns with his remarkable dance-a-thon party with all profits going to Cancer Research UK.
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.
Showcasing the dancers of today and the future in a kaleidoscope of dance genres for your entertainment.
This annual sell-out event is an insight into the wealth of dance and creativity in the county and provides talented young people an opportunity to showcase their work. A panel of dance industry experts will select groups to progress to the U.Dance 2017 national youth dance festival, this year hosted in Birmingham, as well as to take part in elEMents Choreo Lab, a new exclusive opportunity for youth groups to work with a prestigious choreographer.
Curated by Gareth Woodward and developed in partnership with County Youth Arts, Xzibit Young Creatives, is a choreographic programme that aims to enhance young people's skills and knowledge of choreography and gives them the opportunity to present their own work in a professional environment. You will see a collective of specially selected young choreographers present the results of their hard work after a 3 month intensive program consisting of workshops, masterclasses and demonstrations from both nationally and internationally recognised dance leaders. Xzibit is presented as part of a weekend of Youth Dance at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.