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The Nutcracker

Sometimes you need a kick-start to get you into the swing for the festive season and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome on November 31 was just the thing for me.

Imagine This

It’s hard to imagine fun entertainment based on the subject matter of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. But in Imagine This, the premiere of which I saw at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, a love story unfolds while a play within a play is performed. The cast struggles against adversity to transform the greyness of life in the shadow […]

PIED PIPER by Blue Boy Entertainment, Birmingham Hippodrome

With its backdrop of graffiti-covered walls, the convincingly grubby-looking set is littered with the detritus of urban life: a traffic cone, a shopping trolley, a decrepit sofa. So far, so predictable. But the stereotype works precisely because it is a stereotype, and that is the crux of this captivating piece of dance theatre.

The Blank Album

The Blank Album With The Blank Album, Glasgow-based choreographer Natasha Gilmore presents her dancers as a pop band, as comedians, as attention-seekers. It’s set up as a series of songs, with quarrels or bursts of affection between the band members. Performances are lively, but The Blank Album strains too hard for versatility.

Ballet Week 2009 in Munich

Ballet Week 2009 The Bavarian State Ballet celebrated two anniversaries during its annual Ballet Week, held this year from May 3-10: the company’s 20th birthday as an independent institution and the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Bloom Festival

Bloom Festival On June 6 and 7 The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora presented Bloom (ADAD), a festival held at various locations across the Southbank Centre which offered free workshops, films and talks, and two performances of a mixed bill in the Purcell Room.

Latitude Festival, Southwold

What better place to see the most romantic scene from Swan Lake, than on the Waterfront Stage at Latitude which floated on a beautiful lake with the audience able to view not only from amidst the seated throng on the grassy verge, but also from the comfort of reclining deckchairs on the other side of […]

Feelgood Theatre Company and Theatre Under Fire in Macbeth, Heaton Park, Manchester

Macbeth Shakespeare’s words are a wonder of the world, but his dramatic world was also a world of physical theatre, and closer to song and dance than we sometimes remember today. We should remind ourselves that his most famous clown, William Kempe, who was surely a great mover on stage for the Bard, was as […]

Dance at Edinburgh 2009

Robert Penman and Zoë Anderson attended some of the performances offered on the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. Here are their thoughts on what they saw:

Staatsballett Berlin, Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

Schneewittchen – Das Flammende Herz The Staatsballett Berlin opened its 2009-10 season with two works –  Angelin Preljocaj’s Schneewittchen (Snow White) at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin and Patrice Bart’s Das Flammende Herz (The Blazing Heart) at the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden. The whole enterprise is under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov, who happily […]

Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo in Sense of Self

Sense of Self At the opening of Sense of Self, the new duet from Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo, one of the performers, dressed in a red velvet evening frock, her face obscured by a guerrilla mask, smashes a pile of plates into a large cardboard box. Such frustration at having to do the dishes […]

Independent Ballet Wales in How Green Was My Valley

Richard Llewellyn’s famous novel How Green Was My Valley certainly sets some choreographic challenges. It cannot be easy to translate such detailed events and complex relationships covering a lengthy period of time into a successful ballet. Yet Darius James, artistic director of  Independent Ballet Wales, has done a cracking job in his latest work for […]

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