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Ballet Boyz II

Ballet Boyz II: The Next Generation in Laws of Motion Gene Kelly danced in the rain, and anyone proposing to dance in the open air in the UK should be prepared to do the same. However, a gentle downpour and a wet concrete surface following some hours of rain, prevented Ballet Boyz II from giving […]

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Peter Schaufuss Company in Marilyn

Marilyn, The Story of the Silver Screen Goddess Marilyn, the latest “dancical” presented for a limited run by Peter Schaufuss at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, is based on the life of screen legend Marilyn Monroe. This is the most recent in a series of celebrity-based full-length works that the company has been […]

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Tilted Productions in TrAPPED

TrAPPED In the German Democratic Republic-inspired police state of monitored conversations and constant surveillance in Tilted Productions’ TrAPPED, a banana is not just a banana. Bitten into a phallic shape by a guard, it is then hypnotically wound round a woman’s neck and shoulders or used as a telephone and recording device before being finally […]

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The Red Balloon at the Linbury Studio Theatre

So far, family shows have been the biggest dance success at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Following Will Tuckett’s dance/theatre hybrids – The Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio – Aletta Collins has created a show without words, mixing dance with puppetry. It’s a simple, bouncy tale, most vivid in the interaction between people and puppets.

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State of Emergency in Mission Possible: Dads & Lads Move! at The Place

State of Emergency presented a new show, Mission Possible: Dads & Lads Move! at The Place on March 3. Consisting of three individual works created by three black UK choreographers, the evening sought to “expose the male psyche” and aimed at putting “male relationships under the microscope, exploring role models and exposing male perspectives on […]

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Hofesh Shechter at The Roundhouse

Uprising, In Your Rooms None of the usual theatrical warnings about switching off your mobiles tonight. Camera phones were sparking all over the place at the Roundhouse in north London, where Hofesh Shechter was storming though a double bill that was more rock gig than dancehouse offering.

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The Kosh in The Storeroom at the Unity Theatre Liverpool

Shortly after an evening out with The Kosh I spent an evening in with Alfred Hitchcock.  The evening out at The Storeroom was advertised as “A Magical Cabaret”, and the evening in with BBC 4 announced a documentary feature titled “Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock”. Yet what emerged from this seemingly unrelated juxtaposition was […]

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Joaquín Cortés in Unleashed at The Roundhouse

It was hard to convince oneself that Unleashed, the new show by Spanish dance heartthrob and media celebrity Joaquín Cortés, was a dance recital rather than a pop concert. Held for just two nights at Camden’s The Roundhouse (not a particularly good venue for dance on this viewing), the arena area around the centrally placed […]

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Royal Ballet of Flanders in Swan Lake

For all its popularity Swan Lake remains one of the most challenging of the great classics – to stage as well as to perform. One only has to remember the crackpot version created by Jan Fabre for the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2002 to realise how treacherous the pond can be. It’s all the […]

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Prague Ballet Gala 2009 at the State Opera

Since January 2006 the Prague Ballet Gala has become one of the most respected dance events in the Czech Republic. Hosted by the Prague International Ballet and its stimulating artistic director, Jana Kurova, the gala unites each year on the stage of the Prague State Opera dancers of various ensembles from around the world. Kurova, […]

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Christmas and New Year dance in Germany

Maryinsky Ballet in La Sylphide and a Gala Performance – December 27 & 28, 2009 Stuttgart Ballet and Opera in Orphée et Euridice – December 29, 2009 Berlin Staatsballett in The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky – January 1 & 5, 2010 Hamburg Ballet in Christmas Oratorio – January 3, 2010

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Sarasota Ballet in Les Patineurs and The Two Pigeons

Performances of Frederick Ashton’s ballets are few and far between these days – though in New York we do have Sylvia to look forward to in American Ballet Theatre’s summer season – so when I heard that the Sarasota Ballet was bringing back The Two Pigeons, which it first presented a year ago, together with […]

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