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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:5] The Lyric Theatre at the Lowry is so big that it can dwarf productions. The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s version of ‘Swan Lake’ uses every inch of the stage to give a show on an epic scale. Designer Philip Prowse provides sets that would be ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre: Crossing Points – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Henri Oguike, Ana Lujan Sanchez, Aletta Collins and Kwesi Johnson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4.5] The Lowry saw the opening night for the second wave of touring for the increasingly revitalised Phoenix Dance Theatre's latest diverse programme of new work and old favourites, Crossing Points. Phoenix appear to be going from strength to strength since Sharon ...

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42nd Street – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Harry Warren and Al Dubin Book: Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Director: Mark Bramble Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3] 42nd Street is one of those Broadway classics that everyone feels they know, despite perhaps not having seen it many times, much like Guys and Dolls or Anything Goes. This version of the tour is heavily based on Mark ...

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The World of Wrong – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher Director: Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:3] The audience at The Lowry’s Studio theatre is welcomed to the strange and “schizophrenically chaotic” (their words!) world of The Two Wrongies. In a 50-minute show, the duo – Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher - present a risqué dance comedy piece of theatre which ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: Juilliard Dance – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Reviewer: Orsen Ernest [rating:4.5] The preeminent modern dance school of America, Juilliard Dance, make their debut at this year’s Festival with a mixed enrichingly diverse programme. One of Juilliards' most exceptional aspects is that they seem as much company as school. There's an intelligence to their dancers; a hunger to engage as well as challenge. Beginning with the formally exacting ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: Ballet Preljocaj – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Reviewer: Orsen Ernest [rating:5] Angelin Preljocaj and his unique choreographic language has been at the vanguard of contemporary dance for several decades now, and the culmination of Ballet Preljocaj's four night run makes this startlingly vivid. The only night to feature Preljocaj's collaborations with the experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the two pieces are testaments not only to a refreshingly bold ...

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Cirque du Ciel ShangHi – Princess Theatre, Torquay

Producer: Stephen Leatherland Director: Zhang Wan Reviewer: Marina Spark [Rating: 4] The Princess Theatre, Torquay plays host to the breathtakingly stunning Chinese acrobatics extravaganza Cirque du Ciel ShangHi. The show already has a sizeable and well deserved following, so there is a buzz of excitement and anticipation for the death defying feats of acrobatics that are to come. The story ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I am – C Aquila

Reviewer: Charles Tyrer [rating:4.5] Strip off the makeup; the uniform. Dig deep. Beneath the bravado, do you still conform to your ideal, to what ‘they’ want you to be? Nobody dares reveal themselves, and why? We are indoctrinated by the prevailing culture of fear. We know we can never fulfill what’s expected of us, yet our aspirations remain stagnant. Underneath ...

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