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Beauty and the Beast– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Lu Greer   The recent resurgence of Disney in the form of a seemingly never-ending stream of live-action retellings could be very good news for the current Northern Ballet tour of Beauty and the Beast, or, it could bode very badly indeed. While stories such as this have become popular once more and have brought yet ...

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PARIS – Irondale Center, New York

(Company XIV's Paris) (c)(Mark Shelby Perry) (Irondale Center)

Director: Austin McCormick Choreographer: Austin McCormick Reviewer: Tim Koch You don’t always have to learn Greek mythology in the classroom. And it doesn't have to be boring. In Brooklyn, a new kind of classical lesson is taking place. As one steps into the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, it is immediately evident that Company XIV's PARIS is different. A drink menu ...

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Shakespeare Dream Bill – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: David Bintley Choreographers: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Conductor: Paul Murphy Reviewer: Bryony Luther This production honours Shakespeare’s works by focusing on two of his much-loved pieces Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with his often overlooked sonnets in a piece newly-created for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Wink uses five unconnected sonnets to create a plotless ballet ...

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Akram Khan’s Giselle – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score by Adolphe Adam Orchestration and conductor: Gavin Sutherland Director and choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Huge anticipation has surrounded English National Ballet’s latest production of Giselle – especially since Akram Khan was confirmed as its choreographer. Having previously collaborated with ENB to choreograph Dust as part of 2014’s World War One commemoration ...

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Ballet Black Triple Bill – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Founder &Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Music: Steve Reich, Dustin O’ Halloran, Kurt Weill Choreographer: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho with the intention of providing a platform for dancers of black and Asian origin, Ballet Black has become much more than this, carving out a niche for themselves. As a ...

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The Tempest – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Tempest_BRB, Prospero; Iain Mackay, Miranda; Jenna Roberts, Ferdinand; Joseph Caley, Ariel; Mathias Dingman, Trinculo; James Barton, Stephano; Valentin Olovyannikov, Caliban; Tyrone Singleton, Antonio; Domonic Antonucci, Juno; Delia Mathews, Ceres; Celine Gittens, Iris; Yvette Knight, Pan; Tzu_Chao Chou,

Choreographer:David Bintley Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Over 30 years in the making, Birmingham Royal Ballet premieres a new version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest400 years after his death. Choreographed by company director David Bintley and with an entirely original score by Sally Beamish, the production offers visual spectacle and superb dancing within a largely faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play. Alonso, ...

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Natalia Osipova – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russel Maliphant, Arthur Pita, Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Serious question. Is it fair to go to a performance with an expectation how it might turn out? Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin’s reputations are pretty much as solid as they get in classical dance. They’re at the level where the pair are comfortably crossing into the mainstream consciousness ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Direction and choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score by Adolphe Adam Orchestration and conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Giselle, which dates from 1841, is one of the few surviving and enduringly-popular Romantic classical ballets. Even after a successful collaboration between Akram Khan and English National Ballet – Dust from their WWI commemoration trilogy Lest We ...

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