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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella  – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer:  David Bintley Conductor: Philip Ellis Reviewer: Jo Beggs Birmingham Royal Ballet are a company unafraid to embrace the traditional. While all around them everyone’s trying to sex-up the classics, BRB know that producing something with no surprises can still be an audience winner. Cinderella certainly sends nobody home dissatisfied, and yet there’s a sense that the ...

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Miguel A Iglesias Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   If you are expecting salsa and samba rhythms á la Strictly – forget it.  But hot, hot, hot – yes! This is the country that gave birth to Carlos Acosta, remember, so it’s hardly surprising that Danza Contemporánea de Cuba dance fast, dance fun, dance tears, and all with an expertise that ...

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Cia Manuel Linan: Reversible – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Manuel Linan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Gender fluidity is quite the talking point in current theatre as a number of female actors have recently taken on traditionally male roles – from Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and Harriet Walter in Julius Ceasar to Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia in the National Theatre’s new Twelfth Night. But theatre is not the only place ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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Stepmother/ Stepfather – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Choreographer: Arthur Pita  Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Sophie Huggins While fairy tale folklore usually evokes feelings of familiar, reminiscent childhood, there is something not quite so innocent in Arthur Pita’s double bill of subverted storytelling. In collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, the audience is seduced into a dark, physically engaged world where all is not as it seems. Split into two parts, ...

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Ham and Passion – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller It might usually be a criticism to say that the star of the show was a bit of a ham, but in this daring dance theatre performance, the statement is literally true. In ‘Ham and Passion’ DeNada Dance Theatre present a series of three provocative pieces performed by three highly talented dancers ...

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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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Cinderella Dreams – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Prokofiev Choreographers: Rachel Hester and Jenny Murphy Reviewer: John Kennedy In this enticing and judiciously nipped ‘n’ tucked adaptation of David Bintley’s acclaimed Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) promises that ‘Everyone goes to the Ball’. That includes the swan-svelte, seventy-six years young Ilona Johnson-Gibbs featuring as The Fairy Godmother fulfilling a lifetime ambition. After exhaustive auditions, sixty-six students were cast ...

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