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The Little Mermaid – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Director & Choreographer: Christopher Moore Reviewer: Nicole Craft It’s difficult to think of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid as anything other than the Disney retelling and this may have had something to do with the number of children in this evening’s audience. Far from all-too-catchy songs and talking crabs, however, is Ballet Theatre UK’s dramatic retelling of the classic ...

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The Little Mermaid – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Maggie Constable At Milton Keynes theatre this week Northern Ballet follows last year’s wonderful Casanova with yet another superb production: The Little Mermaid. This is a re-working of the famous and much-loved Hans Christian Andersen classic. However, this is no Disney story but a very poignant one, much more akin to the original tale. ...

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Cinderella – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Prokofiev Choreography: Matthew Bourne, OBE Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Justly famed for his innovative choreography, Matthew Bourne seldom disappoints. His Cinderella, is no exception, as long as you are prepared to ditch any preconceived ideas regarding the traditional treatment of the story. Cinderella is a love story and still a pivotal ingredient of Bourne’s darker New Adventures production, but in ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Alhambra, Bradford

Music: Dirk P Haubrich, Johannes Brahms, Ori Lichtik Artistic Director: Emily Molnar Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Dance Consortium is presenting Ballet British Columbia who are embarking on their first ever UK tour including a stop at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.  Following their successful performances at the 2016 Birmingham International Dance Festival, the opportunity for a tour arose.  The company is reputed for ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Reviewer: Helen Tope A ballet with an unrivalled pedigree, Sleeping Beauty is the classic everyone knows. The challenge, when taking on this production, is how to stop a classic turning into a cliché. The story of Princess Aurora, put to sleep by a witch’s curse, has plenty of scope for darkness beneath the glamour. ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ballet British Columbia isn’t a company on most British dance audience’s radar. In fact, despite the company being over 30 years old, this is their first time in the UK. In partnership with Dance Consortium, the Canadian company are undertaking an extensive UK tour, from Edinburgh to ...

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Las Hermanas/Concerto/Gloria – Leeds Grand

Music: Frank Martin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Francis J.M. Poulenc Producer: Antony Dowson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood To celebrate the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet presents a triple bill of his works, Las Hermanas, Concerto and Gloria this season. The audience has an opportunity to pay tribute to the legendary choreographer whose works continues to inspire many today. The programme opens with ...

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Ballet Black – Barbican, London

Director / Choreographers: Cathy Marston and Arthur Pita Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s time to forget everything you think you know about ballet, put aside any pre-existing notions about form, classical styling and storytelling because Ballet Black are redefining its contemporary relevance. The highly acclaimed company returns to the Barbican for a brief run of its new double bill, borrowing steps ...

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