Posted on August 9, 2011
The Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China return to the UK this week. The company’s unique view of Swan Lake (pictured) is at the London Coliseum from Tuesday 9 until Sunday, August 14, with further performances at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Birmingham Hippodrome next week. The company use the ballet as a framework for impossible feats. In the most spectacular, already a hit on YouTube, the heroine dances, on pointe, on top of her partner’s head. Yes, really. I’ve seen it. She does.
The Maryinsky Ballet’s London season concludes this week. Tonight, the company dance the UK premiere of Anna Karenina. This adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel was choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, whose story ballets include The Bright Stream, an adorable romantic comedy that proved a huge hit with London audiences in the Bolshoi Ballet’s 2006 visit. With Anna Karenina, he takes on one of the great works of Russian literature, to a score by Rodion Shchedrin. The Maryinsky visit ends with four performances of La Bayadère, with its exotic melodrama and showcase for the corps de ballet.
At The Place, RootlessRoot Company dance Eyes in the Colours of the Rain, inspired by William Blake’s poem Night. RootlessRoot was formed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek, former dancers of Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez Company. Eyes in the Colour of the Rain is on August 11–12. Tickets cost £10, or for £15 you can see both RootlessRoot and a showing of Touch Wood, The Place’s series of works in progress. Thursday’s Touch Wood programme includes works by Vera Tussing, Nigel Charnock and Fearghus O’Conchuir. On Friday, you can see dances by Darren Ellis, James Cousins, Igor Urlezai and Moreno Solinas and Luca Silvestrini’s Protein.
Also this week, Fela!, a celebration of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, is still running at Sadler’s Wells. The show was directed, choreographed and co-written by Bill T Jones, and is on until August 28.
Picture: Swan Lake. Photograph © Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China.