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Review: SWAN LAKE IN-THE-ROUND, Royal Albert Hall
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 14, 2024

Derek Deane’s Swan Lake has quite the reputation. First premiered in 1997 it became known for its corps de ballet of 60 swans (with freelancers hired to beef up ENB’s ranks) and then in 2010, a BBC documentary tracked its rehearsals and opening night, not always depicting everyone in the most flatte...

Review: ASHTON CELEBRATED - PROGRAMME 2, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - June 10, 2024

We're back for more Ashton, with a variation on the initial Royal Ballet programme...

Review: SARASOTA BALLET GALA - ASHTON WORLDWIDE, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - June 10, 2024

The final Ashton Worldwide bill at the Royal Opera House (23-24 season) was a Gala programme performed by the Sarasota Ballet in the Linbury Theatre...

Review: ASHTON CELEBRATED - PROGRAMME 1, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - June 07, 2024

The Ashton Worldwide (2024-2028) international festival continues at the Royal Opera House with the Royal Ballet on the mainstage in Ashton Celebrated. The company is performing two mixed bills with slight repertoire changes....

Review: SARASOTA BALLET - PROGRAMME 1, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - June 05, 2024

'wit, charm and elegance' are the words used to describe the work of Royal Ballet founding choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988). English ballet, or rather style wouldn't exist without him, so The Frederick Ashton Foundation have understandably instigated the Ashton Worldwide (2024-2028) in...

Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 30, 2024

Leeds based Northern Ballet always pack a punch when they visit London every May, and this time was no different, with Massimo Moricone’s slick and captivating Romeo and Juliet. This year’s touring production held extra poignancy, with the costumes and set requiring full restoration and repair from ...

Review: EMERGING DANCER 2024, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 25, 2024

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer award returned to Sadler’s Wells after a two year absence, with a unique opportunity for the most junior members of the company to shine. With his feet now firmly under the desk, Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin hosted the evening, the first of his tenure, ...

Review: MAY B - COMPAGNIE MAGUY MARIN, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - May 22, 2024

Marin is regarded as a major force in French modern dance, and one can understand why when appreciating the work's overall accomplished structuring…but that doesn't mean it will be an unequivocally enjoyable experience for all....

Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House
by Franco Milazzo - May 06, 2024

Part violent psychodrama, part sunny romcom, The Winter’s Tale was not the most obvious of plays for the Royal Ballet to take on....

Review: CYCLES, Barbican Centre
by Franco Milazzo - May 02, 2024

With their new work Cycles, it is clear that Boy Blue are at something of a crossroads....

Review: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - April 25, 2024

Is there anything similar to The Sleeping Beauty overture? With Tchaikovsky filling the theatre with full-blown fairy tale drama - it's quite the opener. ...

Review: DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - April 18, 2024

“When are we old? How can experience and embodied knowledge be brought into creative play? And what is the role of dance in questioning the idealisation of youth in our culture?” ...

Review: GISELLE: REMIX, Pleasance Theatre
by Franco Milazzo - April 15, 2024

Created by cabaret artist Jack Sears and Royal Ballet soloist Hannah Grennell, Giselle:Remix fuses dance and lip sync....

Review: THE POWER (OF) THE FRAGILE - MOHAMED TOUKABRI, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - April 12, 2024

The Elixir Festival returns to Sadler’s Wells with the same, integral mission: “rethinking perceptions around dance and age.”...

Review: INTERNATIONAL DRAFT WORKS, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - April 11, 2024

The evening includes ten works and the premise is an important, and pressing one: where is ballet (as we know it) going…? ...

Review: THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, Sadler's Wells
by Louise Penn - April 08, 2024

The Velveteen Rabbit is a story which needs little introduction, and which retains wide appeal. This retelling by Ben Crompton for balletLORENT pops with life as a man reacquaints himself with childhood toys, notably a beloved rabbit. Aimed at a family audience, this is a delightful way to while awa...

Review: CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - March 22, 2024

Original programming continues at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre with the ever original Yorke Dance Project...

Review: DANSES CONCERTANTES/DIFFERENT DRUMMER/REQUIEM, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - March 21, 2024

The entire evening confirms MacMillan’s scope as a choreographer, but we knew that already right? ...

Review: UNIVERSE: A DARK CRYSTAL ODYSSEY, Sadler's Wells
by Franco Milazzo - March 19, 2024

Getting to grips with what a mute medium like dance is trying to convey is never easy even when there is a recognisable concept like Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal....

Review: AUTOBIOGRAPHY (V95 AND V96) - COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - March 13, 2024

Wayne McGregor has been working with digital intelligence in relation to creativity since 2017, and why not? This is the digital age after all. Who needs humans?!...

Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET: MIXED BILL, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - March 09, 2024

New York City Ballet are at Sadler’s Wells for the very first time, and returning to London for the first time since 2008 in a rare event for dance fans in the capital. Now under the direction of Jonathan Stafford, they arrive with a diverse quadruple bill, presumably designed to offer something for...

Review: SWAN LAKE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - March 08, 2024

If you came for anything other than wall-to-wall superlatives for the Royal Ballet’s A-team and Liam Scarlett’s superior production of Swan Lake then you’ll be disappointed with this review, because yet again, for the fourth time in six years, ballet heaven is delivered with a side of perfection. It...

Review: HOW TO BUILD A UNIVERSE - EXTENDED PLAY (JAMAAL BURKMAR), The Place
by Matthew Paluch - March 04, 2024

From the outset, the word/concept heavy narration often doesn't relate to the disjointed movement being executed, so disconnection feels apparent...

Review: BALLET NATIONAL DE MARSEILLE: ROOMMATES, Queen Elizabeth Hall
by Franco Milazzo - March 02, 2024

With an eclectic programme including an immersive dreamscape, an intense two-hander and a revolutionary footstomper, the Ballet national de Marseille present a six-pack of impressive dance pieces....

Review: INK - DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - February 29, 2024

In the 2024 UK premiere of his 2020 work, INK, we see Papaioannou himself and Šuka Horn perform a “nightmarish manhunt…testing the limits of reality.”...

Review: NELKEN - TANZTHEATER WUPPERTAL PINA + BAUSCH TERRAIN BORIS CHARMATZ, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - February 15, 2024

Some people only need one name: Cher, Madonna etc. In dance we have Pina - as in Bausch, the revered German dancer, choreographer and Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal until her death in 2009. ...

Review: DARK WITH EXCESSIVE BRIGHT, Royal Opera House
by Franco Milazzo - February 13, 2024

Appearing as part of their Festival of New Choreography, the Royal Ballet have partnered with the National Ballet of Canada for Dark With Excessive Bright, an extraordinarily intimate experiment which allows audience to experience the art form in a radical way....

Review: SÃO PAULO DANCE COMPANY, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - February 12, 2024

Considering the São Paulo Dance Company was founded in 2008, it’s taken them 16 years to perform in the UK! But the wait is over. ...

Review: EMPOWER IN MOTION: A BALLET INCLUSIVE, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - February 08, 2024

The entire evening was a poignant reminder of the power of dance. How it feels to do, and to watch, with all the work exuding expression, joy and freedom, which shouldn't be underestimated ...

Review: TESS, Peacock Theatre
by Franco Milazzo - February 02, 2024

Filled with a couple of operas’ worth of tragedy, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles is not the likeliest source of inspiration for a dramatic circus show but Ockham's Razor are here to prove us wrong. ...

Royal Ballet's Melissa Hamilton and Businessman Michael Christou Launch Hamilton Christou Productions
by Stephi Wild - January 31, 2024

Internationally recognised star of The Royal Ballet, Melissa Hamilton, and renowned businessman and property developer, Michael Christou, have announced the launch of Hamilton Christou Productions....

THE ACROBATIC SWAN LAKE Comes to Sadler's Wells This June 2024
by Stephi Wild - January 26, 2024

The Xi'an Acrobatic Troupe's The Acrobatic Swan Lake has dazzled sold-out audiences around the world since its premiere in 2004 and is now returning to London this Summer for a strictly limited run....

Royal Opera House Partners With MS Society For a 12-week Dance Residency
by Stephi Wild - January 25, 2024

The Royal Opera House is partnering with the charity, the MS Society, to host a ballet residency for volunteer dancers living with multiple sclerosis (MS)....

The Royal Ballet's SWAN LAKE Returns to the Royal Opera House
by Stephi Wild - January 24, 2024

This Spring, The Royal Ballet's sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House's Main Stage. Opening in Spring and returning in Summer, the production remains to this day one of the best-loved works in the classical ballet canon, demanding delicacy, grace, and strong, virtuosic t...

Royal Academy of Dance's THE FONTEYN Comes to London in 2024
by Stephi Wild - January 24, 2024

The Royal Academy of Dance has announced that its flagship event The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition comes to London in 2024....

International Ballet Stars Come Together For Dance For Ukraine at the London Palladium
by Stephi Wild - January 18, 2024

Ukrainian born dancer and former star of The Royal Ballet Ivan Putrov has announced Dance for Ukraine at The London Palladium on Sunday 18 February 2024, following the success of 2022's gala that raised over £160,000 net for the Disaster Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal....

London City Ballet Returns to Sadler's Wells in September
by Stephi Wild - January 18, 2024

The London City Ballet has announced a return to Sadler’s Wells from 11-14 September. Learn more about the upcoming shows here!...

Final Line-up Set For EMPOWER IN MOTION - A Ballet Inclusive Fundraising Gala at Sadler's Wells
by Stephi Wild - January 17, 2024

The final big names from the world of dance have been confirmed for fundraising gala Empower in Motion – A Ballet Inclusive from charity Children Today. Further details have also been released of some of the already announced performers who will take to the stage at London's iconic dance venue Sadle...

Royal Academy Of Dance Launches Fundraising Campaign To Support Young Dancers Taking Exams
by Stephi Wild - January 17, 2024

Royal Academy of Dance has launched a new fundraising campaign to provide financial support for young dancers taking RAD exams across the world....

Phoenix Dance Theatre to Embark on Spring Tour
by Aliya Al-Hassan - January 17, 2024

This spring Phoenix Dance Theatre will embark on a UK tour with a brand-new mixed programme – BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love. The powerfully visceral and thought-provoking triple bill explores the nuances of human experience by three exciting international dance makers. ...




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