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Victoria – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Choreography & scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Director: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Edie Ranvier This May marks two hundred years since the birth of Queen Victoria, and Northern Ballet is marking the anniversary with a touring production of Cathy Marston’s new ballet Victoria, which reimagines this most paradoxical of monarchs through the eyes of her youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Following ...

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Silent Lines- Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Director: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Renowned choreographer Russell Maliphant here indulges his two passions, dance and anatomy. Silent Lines aims to bridge the gap between dance as an art form and as a science, incorporating lighting and video projection. Maliphant is particularly interested in the subdermal tissue beneath our skin known as the fascia; this shown rather strikingly by ...

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We Are All Just Little Creatures – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Original Concept by Christine Devaney Directors: Christine Devaney, Maria Oller & Jo Timmins Composers: David Paul Jones & Kevin Lennon Reviewer: Dominic Corr When was the last time you found yourself delighted? If you even remember the feeling at all. In uncertain times, we strive to maintain happiness, but delight is cast to the wayside. Three years in the making, ...

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Swan Lake – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director & Choreographer: Sir Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree The name Matthew Bourne is synonymous with innovation in dance and despite the fact that his original production of Swan Lake is now over 20 years old, the premise still feels contemporary and unique. This is story-telling that leaves its mark and allows its audience to re-live ...

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Torus – Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

Directors: Júlia Robert, Rudi Cole  Reviewer:  Cavelle Leigh Dance company Humanhood attempts to explore and intertwine two seemingly polarised worlds; of science and spirituality. Torus is the pivotal round, upon which so many of our principles are based. Expectations were of a symbolic journey that would bring those worlds to a close. During a slow and protracted introduction, the five ...

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BalletBoyz: Them/Us – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: BalletBoyz (Them), Christopher Wheeldon (Us) Music: Charlotte Harding (Them), Keaton Henson (Us) Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Two very different sides of the BalletBoyz modern dance company are on display in their latest touring programme, Them/Us, as it makes its London debut. The first piece, Them, is a choreographic departure for the company in that it has been devised by the entire corps ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Design: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It isn’t hyperbole to say that Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake changed the face of classical dance forever. Retaining Tchaikovsky’s original score, the rest of the ballet is turned completely on its head. For all its fantasy, in Bourne’s hands the story takes on a ...

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Jon Brittain Composer: Matthew Floyd Jones Director: Alex Mitchell Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) burst on the scene to enthusiastic reviews and an award or two at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Now the Hull-based theatre company, Silent Uproar, is taking it on an extensive national tour of mostly one- and two-nighters. Wakefield ...

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