West End Stage returns to London this August

The week-long theatre summer school for 8 – 21 years olds, West End Stage, returns to London this August, as the ultimate summer holiday activity for young performers. In 2006, West End Stage began, with the aim of igniting a global passion for theatre, bringing together young people from all over the world through their shared love of performing. In 2018, when the summer school celebrated its 10,000th student, 26% of students attended from outside the UK, coming from 52 countries. Continue reading West End Stage returns to London this August

Russell Maliphant Company’s world premiere

The Olivier Award-winning Russell Maliphant Company held the world premiere of much anticipated new work, Silent Lines, at DanceEast in Ipswich on 5 and 6 April; a ground-breaking new dance production with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and new team of exceptional dancers. The premiere at DanceEast, where it is ‘Company in Residence’, will now be followed by a UK national tour running through to October, featuring dates in Nottingham, Newcastle, Guildford, Salford Quays, Wycombe, Birmingham, Taunton, Newport, Lancaster and London, with more to be announced. Continue reading Russell Maliphant Company’s world premiere

Central School of Ballet announces Virtual Conservatoire

Central School of Ballet, along with five of the UK’s leading conservatoires, has announced an ambitious project to provide new state-of-the-art facilities using digital technology. The creative collaboration will allow the consortium’s students and partners to learn, train and perform across multiple locations in real time, diving straight into the future of arts training and performance using technology. Continue reading Central School of Ballet announces Virtual Conservatoire

The Merce Cunningham Centennial

As part of the official global celebration of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, the Barbican presents the world premiere and co-production of Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, in the Barbican Theatre. Also to be presented is the UK premiere and Barbican co-production of Not a moment too soon in Silk Street Theatre; and If the Dancer Dances, directed by Maia Wechsler, in Barbican Cinema 2. Continue reading The Merce Cunningham Centennial

Dance On!

DANCE ON, a new series of dance classes for older adults in Bradford, Doncaster and Leeds, was recently launched, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England. DANCE ON will see newly-appointed dance artists working with various community groups to set up new classes across the three cities, championed by Arlene Phillips CBE – the choreographer, theatre director, television judge and presenter, former dancer and patron of One Dance UK. Continue reading Dance On!

My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a new version of the much-loved fairy-tale ballet, Sleeping Beauty, as part of its My First Ballet series created especially for children, as young as three. Adapted to an hour in length and with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story, My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet. Continue reading My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

Breakin’ Convention 2019

Renowned festival Breakin’ Convention returns to take over Sadler’s Wells and the Lilian Baylis Studio with its annual celebration of hip hop over the May Bank Holiday. A Sadler’s Wells Project, the International Festival, now in its 16th year, takes place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, showcasing the finest and most exciting hip hop dance and theatre talent. Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, the Festival offers the chance to watch high-calibre breakin’ crews, innovative popping, creative krump and soulful house dance. Continue reading Breakin’ Convention 2019

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th anniversary podcast

To mark Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th anniversary the company is producing Surface Tension, a series of podcasts presented by dance critic Sanjoy Roy and produced by Melissa FitzGerald. Episode one: Configurations: System, meet system describes when Shobana Jeyasingh met Michael Nyman. Further episodes in the series will be released throughout 2019 discussing Jeyasingh’s choreographic journey, her pioneering vision, and her game-changing contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape. Continue reading Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th anniversary podcast

Dancers abroad

For professional dancers working as part of a company, the exchange of those dancers – rather like an international exchange often facilitated by secondary schools – can bring huge benefits to individual artists, companies and audiences. This could be hosting international guest dancers or sending dancers to perform with companies overseas, and whilst it can involve lots of readjusting it is something well worth considering. Continue reading Dancers abroad