Night of 100 Solos – a Merce Cunningham Centennial Event

As part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, a global celebration of the iconic American choreographer, the Barbican presents Night of 100 Solos on 16 April 2019, which would have been Cunningham’s 100th birthday. The dancers and creative teams have all been announced for Night of 100 Solos in London, New York and LA. Continue reading Night of 100 Solos – a Merce Cunningham Centennial Event

National Youth Dance Company announces seventh new cohort

Run by Sadler’s Wells, the country’s flagship company for young dancers, National Youth Dance Company has selected its seventh intake sourced from 26 towns, cities and villages across England. The new cohort joins Guest Artistic Director Botis Seva to work on a new piece especially created for NYDC titled MADHEAD. This will premiere at DanceEast in Ipswich on Saturday 20 April 2019, followed by a UK tour. The new commission fuses contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip hop. Continue reading National Youth Dance Company announces seventh new cohort

World premiere for Akram Khan

Akram Khan Company has announced a brand-new production: Outwitting the Devil will premiere in Stuttgart in July 2019. The announcement comes six weeks ahead of Until the Lions’ homecoming to the Roundhouse in London, Khan’s first ever work in the round, which he will dance for the last time. Both pieces of work will explore old myth and reinterpret them in a contemporary context, in a way that Khan has become renowned for over the last two decades. Outwitting the Devil will premiere at COLOURS International Dance Festival, running from 13-14 July, and Until the Lions runs at the Roundhouse from 11-17 January 2019. Continue reading World premiere for Akram Khan

Emily Labhart – Popcity production

Emily Labhart is a Producer and Project Manager, specialising in Dance of the African Diaspora and international collaboration. From managing education workshops on tour, to devising and delivering festival programmes across indoor/outdoor sites, to producing international projects, Emily is passionate about bringing people together for transformative experiences through arts and culture. Continue reading Emily Labhart – Popcity production

Popcity UK

Renowned international dance competition Popcity UK will soon bring together world-renowned dance artists and the UK hip hop and Popping community with 450 UK-based dancers, international judges, guest performers and live DJs in the first hip hop event of the year. Winners will have the chance to represent the UK at the Popcity Finals in East Asia in December 2019. Activities leading up to the competition, which takes place on Saturday 5 January 2019, include taster sessions in Southwark schools for pupils aged 7+ years, and inspirational workshops by London’s pioneers of hip hop throughout autumn 2018. Continue reading Popcity UK

Finalists announced for Hip Hop Dance Award

The first Hip Hop Dance Fellowship has announced the finalists for the first Hip Hop Dance Award supported by The Arts Foundation, a charity which supports UK based talent across the arts. Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Julia Cheng, Juan Gaviria and Chris Reyes have been selected from dancers nominated by practitioners and producers from around the country. The criteria included all forms of street dance focusing on those breaking boundaries with the art form to create their particular style and method of working. Continue reading Finalists announced for Hip Hop Dance Award

UK premiere for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The internationally renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, returns to Sadler’s Wells in 2019 with the company’s first full-length works created by guest choreographers. These two new pieces, by Dimitris Papaioannouand Alan Lucien Øyen respectively, make their UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells from 14 – 25 February 2019. Continue reading UK premiere for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Dancers – the extroverts?

To many, the only difference between introverts and extroverts is where they get their energy. Extroverts are energised by social interaction and drained by time spent alone, while introverts are the opposite. Being one or the other does in no way mean you will or will not have a wonderful experience of dance or a successful dance career. Many might assume that for dancers to be successful, they have to be extroverts who feed off attention, and that introverts don’t enjoy being in the spotlight. Continue reading Dancers – the extroverts?

Elmhurst Ballet Company

Elmhurst Ballet School has launched its first-ever company for its graduate year, with its first performance, Origins, taking place in February 2019. It will be an evening of dance at Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham, and Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London. The inaugural programme will include excerpts from David Bintley’s The Shakespeare Suite, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Wayne McGregor’s Entity, with a wraparound outreach programme also taking place to complement Elmhurst Ballet Company activity. Continue reading Elmhurst Ballet Company