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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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The Nutcracker – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A perennial Christmas favourite, with an appeal across the generations, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of Hoffmann’s 1819 story of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King since 1892. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are now touring their version of the ballet throughout ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Liverpool Empire

Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam Visual Design and Costumes: Tim Yip Lighting Design: Mark Henderson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Akram Khan’s retelling of 1841 Romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle – a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival – was first seen in Manchester in September 2016 to instant acclaim. It ...

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Acosta Danza: Debut – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Carlos Acosta Choreography: Marianela Boàn, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jorge Crecis Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Carlos Acosta created Acosta Danza in 2015 to harness and showcase young Cuban dancers with skills in both classical and contemporary dance and to create a diverse repertoire that reflects at its core choreographers from the Spanish-speaking world. Acosta’s immense star ...

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2Faced Dance Company: Outlands – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Ronita Mookerji, Emma Jayne Park, Hema Bharathi Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In their usual guise, 2Faced Dance Company is an all-male dance company with a strong urban flavour, choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald. This incarnation sees a triple bill programme of female-choreographed and performed work with a strong (mostly) Indian identity. In 2015, Tamsin Fitzgerald founded The BENCH, a project aimed ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: David Bintley Composer: Carl Davis Reviewer: John Kennedy Ennui-induced moments of desperate TV multi-channel surfing can hardly avoid a repeat somewhere of the groundbreaking 1981 World At War documentary series, or that career-defining scene in Pride & Prejudice where Colin Firth’s Darcy plunges with svelte-pelt otter eroticism in to that balm-bathing ornamental pond. Carl Davis’ compositions, indeed, are ever to the fore. Tonight, ...

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