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Three Short Story Ballets – Birmingham Hippodrome

A ballerina is held aloft atop a pyramid of dancers

Music: Igor Stravinsky, John Harle, Arthur Sullivan Choreography: Michael Corder, Ruth Brill, John Cranko Reviewer: Daljinder Johal The Birmingham Royal Ballet has treated audiences with its summer season featuring three wonderful short story ballets including Arcadia. As seen as publicity posters, it allows First Artist Ruth Brill, to now make a name for herself as a choreographer. However, don't be ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Pianist: Jason Ridgway Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The evening of dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre begins with an announcement by Richard Alston, both director and choreographer of his Dance Company. Often his inspiration is music but for the first piece to be performed, it is what he describes as “the energy and talent of these young ...

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Ballet Central 2017 Tour – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Artistic Director: Christopher Marney Choreographers: Christopher Marney, Marius Petipa, Matthew Bourne, Liam Scarlett, Jenna Lee, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Christopher Bruce, Michael Pink, Christopher GableReviewer: Michael Gray Ballet Central's annual tours offer lovers of dance a unique opportunity to see the performers of the future, their training ended, ready to enter the world of professional work. The touring schedule, constantly expanding, brings ...

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Taj Express – Peacock Theatre, London

Writer: Toby Gough Director: Shruti Merchant Choreographer: Vaibhavi Merchant Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is not usual, one must admit, for a stage show to start with a voiceover warning that anybody expecting great theatre should leave. There are certainly some shows that could benefit from such a management of expectations. Taj Express, the latest Bollywood-inspired work from the Merchant family, ...

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M¡longa – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

group of male and female dancers in hold dancing tango

M¡longa, the music of tango, the place where it is danced, a tango event. This evening is dedicated to one of the most vital genres of dance, from its roots in Argentina to a more contemporary flair. With seventeen performers, including live music, Dance Consortium seek to provide Tango for the 21st Century. No overarching narrative is present. Instead, performances ...

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Coppélia – Birmingham Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Music: Léo Delibes Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cechetti, Peter Wright Reviewer:  John Kennedy Heaven knows what was going through original librettist Charles-Louis Étienne Nuitter’s mind when he conceived this plot for Coppélia. Probably much of what was left of the industrial grade absinthe those Impressionist wusses dabbling in their grimy Montmartre garrets didn’t have the bottle to soak over their sugar ...

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Bring on the Bollywood – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Sâmir Bhamra Composers: Devesh Sodha Director: Sâmir Bhamra Choreographers: Leena Patel, Subhash Viman, Sonia Sabri Reviewer: Michael Gray A colourful tribute to the Bollywood genre, this big-hearted show explodes onto the Hornchurch stage in a riot of song and dance, gorgeous costumes and songs from the big screen. A little bit camp, a little bit kitsch, but great uncomplicated fun ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   John Boyne’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas imagines the world of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, Bruno, whose father is promoted to oversee ‘Out-With’ (a misunderstanding of the name of the concentration camp at Auschwitz). Bruno strikes up a friendship with a Jewish boy ...

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