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A whole Lott of talent
Series 12 super-couple Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon talk to Claire Saul about their Strictly experience

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Shall We Dance?
In an excerpt from his new book Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught the World to Dance, Douglas Thompson explains the popularity of Vernon and Irene Castle

And much more!



Friday, 20 April 2012

compassPerformed for one night only, on Monday, April 23, Compass brings together a team of choreographers, composers, musicians and more than 100 dancers in a new production celebrating London’s variety.


Produced by Connect, the Sadler’s Wells creative learning department, the new work has choreographers from members of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Jasmin Vardimon Company and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman. Compass has an original score of live and recorded music by Hanna Peel and Donna McKevitt, plus visual imagery by filmmaker Tal Rosner. The production aims to reflect London’s cultural diversity, arguing that one city can be many worlds, with as many routes “home” as we choose.


The dancers come from a range of groups. Gotitas de Sabor is a group of 19 children, aged between seven and 14. The children, who are of Columbian, Bolivian and Ecuadorian heritage, live in Elephant and Castle, and have worked with Michela Meazza, a dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.


The Company of Elders, the theatre’s over-60s non-professional performing group, have been working with choreographers Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis of Jasmin Vardimon Company.


The Integrated Community Group includes five dancers with learning disabilities, one who uses a wheelchair and seven other performers. They have worked with Helder Seabra and Nienke Reehorst of Eastman.


The Emerging Artists group includes students from Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, The Place and Trinity Laban. They have worked with choreographers Felix Bürkle and Pascal Merighi, who represent Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.


The 14 participants of the Youth Group are aged from ten to 26 years. Some came to the project through the Islington Arts Factory, while others were reached through the Roma Support group. They have been working with choreographer Mafalda Deville from Jasmin Vardimon Company.


Tickets for Compass are available from


Photograph: Tony Nandi

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