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Zurich Ballet on Reminiscences from the Realm of the Dead

Thomas Hauert’s new Il giornale della necropoli (Newspaper of the Cemetery), created for the Zurich Ballet, had its premiere at the Opera House in Zürich on October 30.

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BalletLORENT in Blood, Sweat and Tears and Northern Ballet in Swan Lake

Liv Lorent is not a choreographer afraid of dealing with intensely personal emotions. Her company’s new work Blood, Sweat and Tears, which premiered in Newcastle in January and is now embarked upon a national tour, took shape from her own experiences of becoming a first-time mother and tells of those early joy-and-terror-filled stages of parenthood. […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet in Stravinsky! A Celebration and Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Stravinsky programme was the unexpected hit of this Sadler’s Wells season. Triple bills are proverbially hard to sell, but ticket sales were brisk, audiences friendly. This season has brought a crop of new dancers, including the Estonian Linnar Looris, whom I saw as Balanchine’s Apollo. This was a sure, confident performance. Like […]

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Bare Bones in The 5 Man Show

To mark the fifth anniversary of Bare Bones, the contemporary dance group based at Birmingham’s Dance Exchange, the company have been touring the country with a new triple bill of works by Arthur Pita, Liam Steel, and artistic director David Massingham under the title The 5 Man Show. I caught the company on November 7 […]

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Dance at Edinburgh 2010

By Robert Penman Founded in 1982 and now well-known and widely respected throughout Europe and North America, the appearance of San Francisco-based choreographer Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the Festival Theatre on August 26 was a Festival first for the UK. With King’s ballets already established in the repertoires of major companies on both continents, […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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:

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