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Requisite Passion by Barbara Newman

Kevin O’Hare’s brainwave of bringing the UK’s leading ballet companies together to celebrate Kenneth MacMillan’s work has paid off handsomely. Roaming over the choreographer’s exceptional range of dramatic subjects and musical inspiration, the season has filled the Royal Opera House and pleased the public. Comprising four troupes, the two performances I saw at Covent Garden […]

WIN! The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at the Bolshoi DVD Box Set

Courtesy of BelAir Classiques, we have three copies of the DVD box set The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at The Bolshoi to give away as competiton prizes. The set features the ballerina in live performances of La Bayadère, La Fille du Pharaon, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. To win a copy, simply send your […]

November 2017 issue

This month, we report on anniversary tributes to the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, from Bradford and London to Houston, Texas, speak to our cover star, the ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, and offer in-depth analysis on the International Dance Championships at the Royal Albert Hall… A chat in the sun Margaret Willis talks to ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about […]

Project Polunin

Project Polunin, the company featuring dancer Sergei Polunin, has announced the programme for its London Coliseum season, which runs from December 5 to 10, 2017. The evening will have the umbrella title SATORI, a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening or enlightenment. Polunin describes this as his personal journey to reconnect with his love for dance […]

Kate Prince on the suffragettes

London’s Old Vic theatre has announced Sylvia, a new work by Kate Prince and ZooNation, exploring the life suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst. Co-written by Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia will be a modern musical about Pankhurst’s pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights in the […]

Win! A season dance pass at Bishopsgate Institute

The social dance season at London’s Bishopsgate Institute is now in full swing, with classes, social dances and workshops for all levels. You can WIN a season pass to the Institute’s swing and ballroom social dances in November and December – a pair of tickets to nine events, worth more than £200. The venue’s regular […]

Classically British 2017

Portobello Dance commemorate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month with a performance on Friday, October 20. Classically British, the company’s annual event, crosses boundaries with a programme of British dance, including classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary and street dance. Dancers announced for this year’s event include former Portobello Dance student Yinka Esi Graves, street dancer […]

Sadler’s Wells spring 2018

London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has announced its programme for Spring 2018, including Akram Khan’s final full-length solo production, Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill of works by female choreographers, the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Viktor and the 15th anniversaries of Flamenco Festival London and Breakin’ Convention. The season opens in January with […]

Akram Khan to retire from full-length dance performance

Akram Khan has announced his final full-length solo production. XENOS, which will have its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells in May 2018, is inspired by Greek mythology and by World War I. It will mark Khan’s final performances as a dancer in an evening-length work. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the […]

MOVE IT Early Bird Tickets on sale now!

For the first time ever, people can get their hands on an Early Bird ticket for MOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event. Taking place from March 16 to 18, 2018, at London ExCeL, MOVE IT brings together dance schools, enthusiasts, professionals and performers from across the UK and around the world. After MOVE IT […]

A new chapter in Cuban dance

Fourteen dancers, five dances, two hours. That’s what it took for Acosta Danza to make its UK debut at Sadler’s Wells, packing the house as it nailed its colours to the mast for all to see. Founded in 2015 to develop Cuba’s dance talent, supported by the Cuban government and international assistance, and now with […]

World Ballet Day

The online international celebration of ballet returns on October 5, with behind-the-scenes footage from the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. This is the fourth year of the programme: World Ballet Day 2016 had more than 700,000 views during the day, and later reached an […]

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