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TORO: Beauty & the Bull – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one evening at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, DeNada Dance Theatre presented Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty & the Bull. The intriguing dance production is dark and has a contemporary retake on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Act one opens with The Girl (Emma Walker) who works as a ...

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National Youth Dance Company: Used to be Blonde – Sadler’s Wells, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Sharon Eyal Reviewer: Scott Matthewman NYDC’s remit is to create innovative and influential dance, bringing together young dance talent from across England. Under the direction of their 2017-18guest artistic director, Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, Used to be Blonde brings together 41 dancers, most aged from 16 to 18, to form an hour-long piece of pulsing dance. Driven ...

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Rambert – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreographers: Aletta Collins, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Julie Cunningham Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Rambert’s three-part show is pulsing and visually mesmerising. Dancers bend and fold themselves around the stage to poignant music and equally poignant themes. Firstly, we witness Symbiosis where the scaled scantily clad team writhe and flit to beautiful orchestral electronica music, furtively ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ballet British Columbia isn’t a company on most British dance audience’s radar. In fact, despite the company being over 30 years old, this is their first time in the UK. In partnership with Dance Consortium, the Canadian company are undertaking an extensive UK tour, from Edinburgh to ...

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Tango Moderno – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director: Karen Bruce Choreographer: Karen Bruce with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace Reviewer: Dan English Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace return for another crack at storytelling through dance in Tango Moderno, touted as the dance duo’s final theatrical tour. Tango Moderno focuses on being an expose of modern life; it’s an adventurous and ambitious attempt to combine philosophy with Latin ...

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Ballet Black – Barbican, London

Director / Choreographers: Cathy Marston and Arthur Pita Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s time to forget everything you think you know about ballet, put aside any pre-existing notions about form, classical styling and storytelling because Ballet Black are redefining its contemporary relevance. The highly acclaimed company returns to the Barbican for a brief run of its new double bill, borrowing steps ...

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Tango Moderno – New Theatre, Cardiff

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Choreography: Karen Bruce with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Sultry and sexy, exotic as a hot summer evening in Buenos Aires – Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring the exciting beat of the Argentine Tango to the stage of Cardiff’s New Theatre this week in Tango Moderno.  Ever since ...

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Candoco: Face In/Let’s Talk About Dis – Sadler’s Wells, London

Directors and Choreographers: Yasmeen Godder (Face In), Hetain Patel (Let’s Talk About Dis) Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Candoco’s new double bill pairs a new piece – Yasmeen Godder’s Face In, which the company premiered last autumn – with Hetain Patel’s 2014 work Let’s Talk About Dis. Together, they form a powerful statement about the direction of the company of disabled and ...

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