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Posted on September 26, 2011


lalalahumanstepsThis week, dance fans can see everything from a lavish fairytale to a show that puts theatre technicians centre stage.


From Wednesday, September 27, Montreal company La La La Human Steps (pictured) bring the UK premiere of Edouard Lock’s New Work to Sadler’s Wells. As Marc Haegeman reported in the March issue of Dancing Times, New Work (that is its final title) was created to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. The score by British composer Gavin Bryars draws on two tragic operas, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice. Lock created a starring role for the Maryinsky Ballet’s Diana Vishneva, who unfortunately is no longer able to perform with the company at Sadler’s Wells, “due to her intense work schedule”.


Birmingham Royal Ballet revive David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday, September 28 until Sunday, October 2. On opening night, Elisha Willis dances the heroine Belle, with Robert Parker as her Beast. The production will tour to The Lowry, Salford in January.


Entitled is the latest production from Quarantine, the theatre company behind cult hit Susan & Darren. It shows the “get in” and “get out” – the usually hidden choreography that transforms a theatre from an empty space to the stage for a performance, and back again. In the process, it spotlights theatre technicians and dancers who do and don’t dance. The show is at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday to Saturday, as part of an ongoing tour.


Scottish Ballet dance a double bill of Jorma Elo’s new Kings 2 Ends and Ashley Page’s nostalgic romp Pennies from Heaven at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Thursday, September 29.


Also this week, The Royal Ballet dance further performances of Balanchine’s Jewels, while Shaun Parker and Company continue their tour of Happy As Larry, appearing at the Hall for Cornwall, Truro and the Lighthouse, Poole.


Photograph: La La La Human Steps in Edouard Lock’s New Work.


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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