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Rock The Ballet – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Rasta Thomas, Choreographer: Adrienne Canterna Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Rock The Ballet aims to challenge the perception of ballet involving primarily pirouettes and tutus. Choreographed by Rasta Thomas, against a very contemporary soundtrack it is an exhilarating illuminating show. Beginning with The Chemical Brothers, The Knack and The Verve it tells the contemporary tale of young lovers (James Boyd and ...

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Swan Lake – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Adaptation &Choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It is not often that an entire audience rises to its feet in rapturous and unrestrained applause almost before the curtain is down. That is what happened on the opening night at Bristol Hippodrome of this production of Swan Lake. This most well-known and well-loved of all classical ballets ...

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Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Milton Keynes Theatre

Directors: David Nixon and Patricia Doyle Choreographer and costume design: David Nixon Music: Mendelssohn and Brahms Reviewer: Maggie Constable Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes chugging into Milton Keynes this week as we find ourselves with a dance company on the London to Edinburgh leg of their tour and learn about all the shenanigans, romantic liaisons and diva posturing ...

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Cinderella – Worthing Pavilion Theatre

Artistic Director: Peter Mallek Choreographer: Sheila Styles Music: G A Rossini Reviewer: Gina Skillings The Vienna Festival Ballet is a classical ballet company founded in 1980 by Austrian dancer Peter Mallek. Based in the United Kingdom, they typically spend 7 to 8 months of the year touring small and medium venues around the country, and occasionally abroad. In 1995 Mallek ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Choreographer and Director: David Nixon Musical Director: John Pryce Jones Reviewer: Lu Greer A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s narrative of quarrelling lovers, fairies, and hapless amateur actors is both one of Shakespeare’s few original stories and one of his most well-known. The images of fairies emerging from the woods means that picturing this play as a ballet seems to rather simple, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director and choreograher: Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Matthew Bourne made his name telling contemporary versions of the classics; his World War II take on Cinderella and a bold re-imagining of the ballet classic, Sleeping Beauty, cramming what is usually not much more than a show piece, with dynamic choreography and a clear narrative line and most ...

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Rapunzel – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy, based on The Brothers Grimm Music: Murray Gold Choreographer: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Laura Maley A summery village scene where children of all ages (from babe in arms to teenagers) play with bright balloons, hoops and maypole dancing lifts the curtain on the dark and desperate tale of Rapunzel. The happiness and liveliness of this first scene ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Lighting Designer:Rick Fisher Reviewer: Katie Mitchell It’s hard to believe that it was nineteen years ago when MatthewBournechanged the face of ballet through his revamp of the legendary fairy-taleSwan Lake.What was once a famous ballet centred around the iconic Swan Queen has been transformed to portray a darkerstory of a ...

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