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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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Ghost Dances and other works – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Christopher Bruce, Kim Brandstrup and Andonis Foniadakis  Music: Arnold Schoenberg and Ilan Eshker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The current visit to The Lowry by Rambert features a world premiere and the return of one of the company’s best-loved works. Kim Brandstrup’s Transfigured Night is based on the story of an unfaithful wife who tells her husband that the child she ...

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Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer (Concerto) - Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Composer (Still Life Penguin) - Simon Jeffes Choreography - David Bintley Composer (Elite Syncopations) - Scott Joplin & Others Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: John Kennedy The opening performance, Concerto, in three movements, is set within an explosion of bold, expansive monochromatic space: a brilliant white backdrop framed by monolithic, angular ...

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The Little Mermaid – Norwich Theatre Royal

Choreography: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Lu Greer Northern Ballet's latest re-imagining of a classic story sees them take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid; the story of a naive young mermaid who, after the briefest of glimpses at life above the waves, falls for the human world and particularly for one man in it. As the curtain rises there is ...

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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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