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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer/Director: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Sophia Moss In the not so distant future, a group of young men and women dance in pairs underneath a UFO-shaped chandelier. The dancing is rigid and stiff under the watchful eye of the uniformed guards – one hand up, one hand on wait and box step -, but turns into a loose, ...

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Dirty Dancing – Leeds Grand

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Frederico Bellone Supervising Musical Director: Richard John Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Janet Jepson It starts with a beat, and you know you’re in for a treat. The classic story Dirty Dancing is touring stages throughout the UK, and crowds are flocking. There’s just something so special about this heart-warming story that brings audiences to their feet ...

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Flirt With Reality – Peacock Theatre, London

Choreographer: David Middendorp Reviewer: Richard Maguire From Britain’s Got Talent to the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells’ more populist venue, is not a bad career move. And David Middendorp’s company Another Kind of Blue certainly repeats the spectacle that saw it reach the semi-final of the talent show in 2016, and, in a different guise, the semi-final of America’s Got Talent ...

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Russell Maliphant: Silent Lines – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Russell Maliphant Dance Company was established in 1996. In the intervening years, the company have received two Olivier awards, three South Bank Show awards and three Critics’ Circle National Dance awards for best modern choreography and one for best independent company, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations. Russell Maliphant's work is ...

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Scottish Dance Theatre Double Bill – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer: Colette Sader and Emanuel Gat Reviewer: Dominic Corr Emerging from their home in Dundee, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) highlights the versatility of the artform. Each dancer capable of stripping back pre-conceived notions of gender or ritual, maintaining dignity while delivering powerful displays of passion and skill. Seeking to communicate the celebration of diversity through high-quality dance across the world. ...

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Rambert2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreographer:  Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar Reviewer: Dominic Corr Eight hundred hopefuls from across the globe applied to the fresh, younger sibling of the long-established Rambert. This sister corporation – Rambert2, would accept a mere thirteen of the exceptional dancers. Focusing on this new talent, Rambert2 showcases their abilities to shape the future of movement ...

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Beats on Pointe – Peacock Theatre, London

Creative Director: Jennifer Master Directors: Milo and Jennifer Masters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The fusion of two very different styles can be transformational, seeing opposing ideas uniquely combined can be both dynamic and inspirational. Milo and Jennifer Master’s decision to unite ballet and hip hop in a single dance show is a genuinely interesting concept, one with potential appeal to fans ...

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Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes– BAM, New York City

Choreographer: Shamel Pitts Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Dancer and Choreographer Shamel Pitts is proud of his Brooklyn roots. In press materials and interviews, he talks about his youth in Brooklyn and the role that the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s programming played in shaping his own work. It’s fitting, then, that he returned to Brooklyn during Mother’s Day weekend to perform ...

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