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2013-14 in the Linbury Studio Theatre

Posted on March 13, 2013

The dance programme for the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House has been announced.

The season opens on October 30 with National Dance Company Wales. The company celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Mixed Bill that includes works by Angelin Preljocaj, Stephen Petronio and company dancer Eleesha Drennan.


Cardiff-based company De Oscuro makes its Linbury debut with the London premiere of a radical reinvention of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, featuring choreographer and dance artist Eddie Ladd as Lady Macbeth. Gerald Tyler plays Macbeth. The new score is by Irish pianist and composer Conor Linehan.


From November 12 to 13 and Company Chameleon Dance Theatre (who featured in our November 2011 issue) present a Double Bill of Eden by choreographic duo Goddard Nixon and Pictures We Make by company founders Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner.


Phoenix Dance Theatre, now a regular visitor to the Linbury, returns from November 19 to 23. The company dance the London premiere of Particle Velocity, a bill including All Alight, Richard Alston’s first work for Phoenix, set to Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello. The programme also includes artistic director Sharon Watson’s Repetition of Change, which explores the world of DNA, Douglas Thorpe’s duet Tender, Crazy, Love and Jose Agudo’s Ki, inspired by the life of Genghis Khan.


The London International Mime Festival, another regular, will hold performances at the venue between January 9 and 31.


The Royal Ballet dance Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel, which has its world premiere at the Linbury on May 8, 2013 and which will be revived from January 23 to 28, 2014. The ballet is a dark take on the classic fairytale, with designs by Jon Bausor.


Ballet Black holds its annual Linbury season from February 26 to March 4, 2014, with a programme of new choreography. HeadSpace Dance, a company that launched with Linbury performances, returns to the space from April 16 to 24 with a programme of works chosen by dancers, curators and producers Christopher Akrill and Charlotte Broom.


From April 29 to 30, Royal Ballet choreographic affiliate Mayuri Boonham presents a new work alongside existing choreography. Boonham, a leading figure in contemporary South Asian dance in the UK, will explore the language of classical ballet.


bgroup, the company of award-winning choreographer Ben Wright, dance at the Linbury from May 7 to 10. This will be the London premiere of Spectrum, a work inspired by ideas about colour, co-commissioned by The Royal Ballet.


Alexander Whitley, another Royal Ballet choreographic affiliate, presents The Measures Taken from May 15 to 16. The work uses cutting-edge technology to track the dancers’ movements and create real-time projections.


Draft Works returns in June 2014. This platform gives dancers of The Royal Ballet and its choreographic affiliates the chance to create new short works. The programme includes works in progress, performed without full sets and costumes.

Wendy Whelan, ballerina of New York City Ballet, appears at the Linbury from July 22 to 26. She will collaborate with four young North American choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo to create a suite of duets, which she will dance with each choreographer.


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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