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Giselle – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreography: Ludovic Ondivela Design: Maree Kearns Music: Adolphe Adam Reviewer: Clara Mallon With a successful history of traditional classics, Giselle is an unsurprising venture for Ballet Ireland. Regarded as one of the greatest romantic ballets, the story of love and betrayal has stood the test of time and remains popular among contemporary audiences. Ludovic Ondiviela’s promise of approaching this classic ...

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Northern Ballet: Casanova – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Kerry Muzzey Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Reviewer: Maggie Constable At Milton Keynes this week, Northern Ballet stages yet another wonderfully exotic piece in the form of Casanova, which has rightly received much praise from critics and public alike. Casanova’s life story is a complicated one; he was so much more than the dilettante womaniser for which he has become known. Who knew, ...

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Balletboyz: Life – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Michael Nunn and William Trevitt  Choreographers: Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos Music: Ben Foskett and Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Life, the new double bill from the all-male dance company Balletboyz combines the absurd with the macabre to stunning effect. Dance always relies on co-operation and partnership between the performers to achieve the full potential of the ...

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Nutcracker and Ballet Etudes – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Carl Czerney Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Since 1998, Janet Lewis’ English Youth Ballet (EYB) has been working with young dancers around England, giving children and young adults the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside, and be trained by, professional ballet dancers. The result is an evening of ballet in which the stage is full of young hopefuls ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer / Composer: Charles Perrault / Sergei Prokofiev Director / Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Cinderella is the fairytale we think we know, perhaps a little too well. In this staging of the ballet, choreographer David Bintley attempts to break away from the overtly-classical staging of recent productions, instead returning the story to its roots. The problem with a ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella  – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer:  David Bintley Conductor: Philip Ellis Reviewer: Jo Beggs Birmingham Royal Ballet are a company unafraid to embrace the traditional. While all around them everyone’s trying to sex-up the classics, BRB know that producing something with no surprises can still be an audience winner. Cinderella certainly sends nobody home dissatisfied, and yet there’s a sense that the ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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