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Jane Eyre – CAST, Doncaster

Music: Philip Feeney Director &Choreographer: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Hot on the heels of another original ballet, Northern Ballet followsthe success of last year's 1984 with a sell-out world premiere of Jane Eyre. Coinciding with the commemoration of Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday and celebrating all things Yorkshire, Leeds-based Northern Ballet take inspiration from Haworth's famous scribing siblings, showcasing their ...

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Carlos Acosta: A Classical Farewell – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Kenneth MacMillan, Michael Fokine, Agrippina Vaganova, Ben Stevenson, Gustavo Mollajoli, Ben Van Cauwenbergh, Carlos Acosta, Raul Reinoso, Georges Garcia Reviewer: Peter Jacobs After a glittering career as one of the most iconic dancers of his generation, Carlos Acosta presents A Classical Farewell, his final programme of classical dance, as his career transitions to the future. ...

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Carlos Acosta: A Classical Farewell – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

CARLOS AND FRIENDS, , London Colosium, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/

Reviewer: Laura Bateman Carlos Acosta is one of the greatest ballet dancers of his generation. Born in Havana, he trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and has since danced with the world’s most prestigious ballet companies. He joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 1998 and retired in 2015 after seventeen years with the company. This tour ...

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Ballet Central 2016 Tour – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Director: Sara Matthews Choreography: Christopher Gable CBE, Leanne King, Sharon Watson, Sara Matthews, Marius Petipa, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Ballet Central's tour for final year students at the Central School of Ballet provides a showcase for the trainee dancers' talents, offering the experience of working in theatres with full-scale costumes and lighting in a professional capacity. As the only ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beth Steer Deconstructing, dissecting and reassembling an amalgamation of all previous versions of Sleeping Beauty – from Disney to the Brothers Grimm to Tchaikovsky's original score, Matthew Bourne's reimagining of the classic fairytale is truly a masterpiece to behold. In this fantastic adaptation, spliced with sinister darkness and dripping with indulgent ...

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Mariinsky Ballet – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Superlatives are usually to be avoided in writing a review. There are, however, exceptions. The Mariinsky Ballet, at the Wales Millennium Centre for their only UK performances in 2016, is one of these. Perfection is the word that springs to mind. FIVE TANGOS Choreography: Hans van Manen Composer: Astor Piazzolla One of just four performances by this ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer:Kenneth MacMillan Composer:Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:Paul Murphy Reviewer: Karen Bussell   To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, BRB has compiled a touring programme of adaptations of the Bard’s works delighting Plymouth first with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julietand then returning in the autumn with both a themed triple bill and David Bintley’s brand new The Tempest. Kenneth MacMillan wrings every ...

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Jem & Ella – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Jem Treays &Ella Treays Director: Paula Crutchlow Reviewer: Jacqui Onions   Jem &Ella is a dance piece created by professional contemporary dancer, Jem Treays, and his ballet-mad 12-year-old daughter, Ella Treays. What ensues is a delightful and humorous insight into life in the Treays household; from the everyday father/daughter relationship to life with a professional dancer for a father ...

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