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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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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: Based on the book by John Boyne Music: Gary Yershon Director and Choreographer: Daniel de Andradge Reviewer: Laura Stimpson By special arrangement with Miramax, Northern Ballet brings to the stage John Boyne’s New York Times best seller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. A story which needs little introduction, the 2006 novel The Boy ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Balletboyz: Life

Choreographers: Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos Reviewer: Nicole Evans Sadler's Wells have certainly come up trumps with repeating their well-known full schedule of dance performances and Friday evening brings the turn of all-male dance group, Balletboyz, to peddle and prance their wares on The Waterfront stage. With the festival now in full swing and music ringing out from the many stages ...

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Coppélia – Bristol Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Composer: Léo Delibes Conductor: Paul Murphy Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Claire Hayes Based on the stories of E T A Hoffmann, Coppélia is the lightest and most fragile of confections; the tale of a mechanical doll who entrances and enrages in equal measure. Yet the enchantment of this enduringly popular 19th Century work is underscored by ...

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Three Short Story Ballets – Birmingham Hippodrome

A ballerina is held aloft atop a pyramid of dancers

Music: Igor Stravinsky, John Harle, Arthur Sullivan Choreography: Michael Corder, Ruth Brill, John Cranko Reviewer: Daljinder Johal The Birmingham Royal Ballet has treated audiences with its summer season featuring three wonderful short story ballets including Arcadia. As seen as publicity posters, it allows First Artist Ruth Brill, to now make a name for herself as a choreographer. However, don't be ...

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