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Win tickets to Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines at Sadler’s Wells

Nico Muhly’s pioneering music, played live by Britten Sinfonia, is the subject of a new triple bill from choreographers Julie Cunningham, Michael Keegan-Dolan and Justin Peck. Inspired by murder ballad The Two Sisters, Sadler’s Wells associate artist Keegan-Dolan interprets the dark folk-song arrangement of “The Only Tune”, sung live by Sam Amidon. Cunningham selects Drones, a reflection on the subtle and constant noise in most dwelling places. Peck’s work is accompanied […]

Win! The Royal Ballet on DVD and Blu-ray disc

We have a copy of a DVD and a copy of a Blu-ray disc of the latest Opus Arte release from The Royal Ballet to give away as competition prizes. The disc features the company in Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Medusa starring Natalia Osipova, and Crystal Pite’s award-winning Flight Pattern. To […]

Our Bodies, Our Archives

From March 20 to 29, artists Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater will take part in the BMW Tate Live Exhibition Our Bodies, Our Archives. The three artists, who each use the body in different ways to explore history, inheritance and storytelling, will create ten days of live performances and site-specific installations for […]

Dance at Brighton Festival

Guest director Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet and playwright, has launched Brighton Festival 2020, which runs from May 2 to 24. The festival is the largest annual, curated multi-arts event of its kind in England and will feature over 120 events taking place in 27 venues and locations across the region with […]

In search of nourishment

You could call it a feast of narratives. The Royal Ballet has served up The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia for Christmas and dances Onegin throughout February. Birmingham Royal Ballet brought The Nutcracker to Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall; that company has just launched a long tour of Swan Lake. English National Ballet (ENB) followed […]

National Ballet of China in The Red Detachment of Women

The Red Detachment of Women is the signature work of the National Ballet of China, having been performed over 4,000 times since it was first choreographed in 1964, including as entertaining propaganda for President Nixon during his historic 1972 meeting with Chairman Mao. The ballet was adapted from a popular Chinese feature film of the […]

English National Ballet’s plans for 2020-2021

English National Ballet has announced plans for its 2020 season, including a new, full-length production of Raymonda, a programme of works from William Forsythe, and further performances of Akram Khan’s Creature. Raymonda, which receives its first performance at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on October 15, will be directed and choreographed by artistic director Tamara Rojo after […]

February 2020 issue

We take a look at modern dance this month, from Isadora Duncan at the start of the 20th century, to Sharon Watson, director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Lin Hwai-min and Cheng Tsung-lung of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Ellen Yilma of Richard Alston Dance Company and Sean Cheesman, choreographer of The Prince of Egypt, which is […]

Nourishment for the imagination

Before current events hijack all our concentration, I want to tie up some loose ends from 2019. Engulfed in fairytales as that year wound down, I kept thinking about choreographers who write for adults. Their dances lodge in your thoughts, sometimes for years, nourishing the imagination and spreading their impact in all directions. Though illness […]

Win! Music by Prokofiev on CD

This month we have four copies of a CD of music by the Russian composer, Serge Prokofiev, to give away as competition prizes. Released on the Naxos label, the double CD features Suites One to Three of music drawn from the ballet Cinderella, as well as Sythian Suite and a suite from the ballet On the […]

Balanchine’s Nutcracker

It’s become a habit that I think about The Nutcrackereach Christmas for this blog, even on the years when I haven’t danced in it. Tchaikovksy and Lev Ivanov’s ballet is so integral to a dancer’s DNA it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas unless you’re performing in a version somewhere. Christmas has now been and gone, […]

Alina at Sadler’s Wells 

Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer with English National Ballet and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells from February 20 to 23. The celebrated Romanian ballerina is joined on stage by special guests, including Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg. The programme […]

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