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English National Ballet’s Giselle, by Mary Skeaping

Following the world premiere of Akram Khan’s reinterpretation of Giselle in October, Mary Skeaping’s classic production of the same name returns to English National Ballet’s repertoire, with performances at the London Coliseum from 11-22 January 2017. In a return to the traditional, the company will tell the haunting story of innocence and betrayal, and the [...]

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Liam Scarlett – Australia-bound

Liam Scarlett, one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, is set to head down under to Australia, in making Queensland Ballet his home next year. Scarlett will join the company from 2017 as Artistic Associate, which will be in addition to his role as Artist in Residence with The Royal Ballet. Queensland Ballet is renowned [...]

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Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey: social change via diversity

Each Autumn, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey present modern dance performances by Ailey II, as the official second home of the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Almost 1,700 see these performances, so dance is consequently used as a foundation to devote more time to reaching out to the local community, in order [...]

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Sadler’s Wells Sampled

A regular fixture since 2007, Sadler’s Wells’ Sampled will return in 2017 as the dance taster festival featuring world-class dance and a series of workshops and foyer activities, on 3-4 February 2017. The festival gives audiences a chance to experience the broad range of dance presented at Sadler’s Wells at very affordable prices. Following London, [...]

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Genée International Ballet Competition 2016

A record number of nearly 90 international dancers from 14 nationalities are set to compete in the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition in December 2016, when it returns to Sydney for the first time in over 10 years. Staged in a different city each year since 2002 – prior to this London saw each year’s [...]

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Drama UK to close

Last month it was revealed that training accreditation body Drama UK is set to close, following a year in which several high-profile member schools left the organisation. The decision made by the board follows a challenging period for the organisation, in losing members such as the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama – which includes RADA, [...]

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Pairings in the ballroom

With Strictly fever gripping its audience, it is clear to see the some of the professional dancers have been luckier than others when it comes to their pairings. A successful ballroom dance partnership can never be taken for granted – it involves working together solidly and trusting each other, and is so much more than [...]

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Acosta Danza

The UK premiere of Acosta Danza, the new dance company founded by Cuban dancer and ballet star Carlos Acosta, was announced last month by Sadler’s Wells. It is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, joining fellow International Associate Companies Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which were appointed last year. The company will consequently perform [...]

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Encore radio

A new radio station dedicated entirely to musical theatre was launched on 24 October, a coup for fans of the genre who are missing this type of broadcast from their radio selections. The new station is called Encore Radio, which will feature former Blue singer Duncan James and ex-Classic FM DJ James Crick as presenters, [...]

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Combining arts in Salisbury

Three of Salisbury’s leading arts organisations are set to join forces in a bid to secure more backing for the future: currently they collectively receive over £1m a year from Arts Council England. The Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse look likely to combine their programmes to attract greater audiences [...]

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