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Lest We Forget – English National Ballet – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Less We Forget

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreography: Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Liam Scarlett Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Lest We Forget is a ‘poignant reflection’ on World War I, featuring three works expressing the experiences of those who fought the war, and those who stayed behind. The programme notes talk of the difficulty of connecting emotionally with events deeply rooted in our heritage ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Director: Matthew Bourne Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Adapter: Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Considered by many the most audience conscious of artists, credit must undoubtedly go to Matthew Bourne for his groundbreaking work, his originality of vision, and for the popularization of ballet among the masses. Indeed, the packed house at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal is a testament ...

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Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake – The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Theatre Director: Valery Voronin Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky Conducter: Sergey Grinev Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin The Russian State Ballet and Opera House brought the Floral Pavilion to rapturous applause during their performance of Tchaikovski’s classic Swan Lake. Directed and choreographed by famed former Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Dancer, Konstantin Uralsky, the production features the talents of a mesmerising cast, as well as ...

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Snow White – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Director: Liv Lorent Choreographer: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The well-known tale of Snow White is revisited and retold through the delightful blend of dance and effective storytelling technique from the accomplished and award-winning balletLORENT. Artistic Director Liv Lorent has remained faithful to the original Brothers Grimm fairytale in what will become a ...

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The Nutcracker – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director and Choreographer: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Ever since its first performance in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of E T A Hoffmann’s 1819 story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This version is brought to British audiences by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House and ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty –Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director, Choreographer and Adapter: Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Joseph Leigh The name Matthew Bourne has been synonymous with exciting and unique ballet for many years, and audiences enter each performance space with a tangible sense of excitement and anticipation. From his eponymous Swan Lake to the more recent Tim Burton collaboration with Edward Scissorhands, Bourne has produced ...

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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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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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