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Chiara Castania – glitter-clad cruises

Chiara Castania is an all-round performing artist, originally from the small northern Italian town of Iseo. She took up ballet at  five years old under her mothers’ wishes; a former ballerina. Chiara moved to London to further progress her training as it offered her a more extensive selection of education. After winning scholarships at both [...]

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Osipova opening at Sadler’s Wells

Multiple award-winning ballerina Natalia Osipova will soon take on a programme of new contemporary work commissioned by herself and produced by Sadler’s Wells. The programme will feature work by renowned contemporary choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita, and run from 29 June to 3 July. The trio of choreographers will create pieces inspired by Osipova for the [...]

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Funding for more dance in schools

One Dance UK, Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban have showed support for a recent announcement for an increase of funding for sport in schools, seeing it as an ideal opportunity to encourage more primary schools to use this for dance. The Government announced it is doubling the primary school PE and sport premium, meaning more [...]

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Dance at Wilton’s Strike 2016

After a successful pilot festival in 2014, Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival returns in 2016, to premiere six new works by emerging contemporary dance artists. Audiences attending – or instead, watching the live stream online – will be able to get a glimpse of promising performers and choreographers at the start of their artistic careers. Taking [...]

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The Red Shoes – Bourne style

April 2016 saw the legendary choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne announce a new adaptation of the iconic Powell and Pressburger film, The Red Shoes. His company will present the production at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas, as a world premiere. The show will reunite the award-winning creative team behind the New Adventures’ world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty, made [...]

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Winners of the 2016 Olivier Awards

The 40th anniversary Olivier Awards, which took place on 3 April at the Royal Opera House, London, were again a momentous occasion. Broadway musicals Kinky Boots and In the Heights took three wins each, and the classic musical Gypsy won four awards, the most of any single production. Kinky Boots won the accolade of Best New Musical, and its star Matt Henry was [...]

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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Steering away from the UK’s capital, the arts are hugely well represented in the diverse dance and physical theatre programme at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016. It is the flagship arts festival for the East of England, running from 13–29 May and providing audiences with an eclectic mix of performance art. Often arts away [...]

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Next season for the Royal Ballet

Early April saw the Royal Ballet announce its plans for the 2016/17 season, garnering support from the UK ballet and dance press as the programming moves further in the direction of choreographic equality. The new season will include four world premieres, and the return of dance legends Leanne Benjamin and Viviana Durante to coach Mayerling and Anastasia respectively. The [...]

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Motionhouse – a multimedia spectacle

London’s Peacock Theatre has played host to a great number of captivating shows, and the award-winning Motionhouse is no different. Bringing a multimedia dance show to the venue, new show ‘Broken’, meant the company did not disappoint – its usual athletic performance was ever-present, lapped up by the audience. The company’s staging is rooted in [...]

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The RAD’s Phyllis Bedells Bursary

British and Italian dancers have triumphed in the Royal Academy of Dance’s annual Phyllis Bedells Bursary. Taking place on 20 March, the Bursary was awarded to 15 year old Ryan Felix from the UK, established to encourage talented young dancers to further their career in classical ballet. Past winners of the prestigious competition have gone on [...]

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