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Swan Lake – Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Production: Peter Wright, Galina Samsova Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   To say that Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake is a polished production would be an understatement. It must be difficult to stand out when staging one of the most popular and recognisable ballets of all time since it was first ...

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Behind the Scenes: Northern Ballet – Inside 1984

By Rich Jevons Before the creative team behind Northern Ballet’s 1984 gave a day-long exposition of the thinking behind their modern masterpiece based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel, we are asked to consider what we would put in Room 101. Quite flippantly, I think of celery and the complete works of Xenakis on a loop. But more seriously, we think ...

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Rambert: Frames, The 3 Dancers and Terra Incognita – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Choreographers: Alexander Whitley, Didy Veldman, Shobana Jeyasingh Composers: Daniel Bjarnason, Elena Kats-Chernin, Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Marina Spark Rambert's Autumn 2015 season has made its way to Plymouth's Theatre Royal. The three contemporary pieces on showare Frames, The 3 Dancers and Terra Incognita. The 3 Dancerspremieres at the Theatre Royal. The piece takes its inspiration from Pablo Picasso's paintingThe Three Dancers.Choreographer ...

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Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Peter Wright Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the most universally recognised ballet of all time - being performed and adapted by an array of dance companies all over the world. And now Swan Lake has been brought to The Lowry’s stage by Birmingham Royal Ballet in its most traditional and ...

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Northern Ballet: 1984 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Choreographer: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Set &Costume Designer: Simon Daw Lighting Designer: Chris Davey Video Designer: Andrzej Goulding Dramaturg: Ruth Little Reviewer: Peter Gray Northern Ballet’s World Premiere of 1984 is an impressive reimagined interpretation of the Orwellian classic, published in 1949. Guest choreographer, Jonathan Watkins, succeeds in exploring the novel’s powerful ideas through an innovative, eclectic mix of ...

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Baila Brazil – Royal Festival Hall, London

  Choreography: Marco Antonio Garcia Director: Fernando Narduchi Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   All eyes will be on Brazil a year from now as the 2016 Olympics opens in Rio, a town famous for carnivals and parties. In preparation for what is sure to be a riotous opening ceremony, the Royal Festival Hall is playing host to Baila Brazil an eclectic ...

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U.Dance 2015 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Karen Bussell Twleve young companies from around the UK exploded thick and fast onto the Lyric stage on the second night of the three-day U.Dance 2015 festival and, boy, did the mixed audience appreciate the energy and commitment displayed. The East Midland’s Moving Together opened the show with a thoughtful piece Acoustic Ecology set to live and pre-recorded soundscapes ...

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Ballet Central 2015 – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Christopher Hampson, Christopher Gable, Christopher Bruce, Kit Holder, Alexander Gorsky, Sharon Watson, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The 2015 tour celebrates 30 ‘sparkling’ years of Ballet Central, the touring company of Central School of Ballet. This is a packed and diverse programme of new, classic and revived work, displaying their range of ballet, contemporary and ...

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