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

Against the Stream

On 7 April, stars from the world’s leading ballet companies will come together for Against the Stream, a one-off gala performance accompanied by a live orchestra at the London Coliseum. The star-studded international cast features principal dancers from Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in a celebration of some of ballet’s greatest pioneers. Continue reading Against the Stream

National Youth Dance Company and Botis Seva

National Youth Dance Company returns for its seventh year with its new intake of 28 new young dancers, who join the 10 returners from the previous two cohorts. Different to previous years, the newly commissioned work, choreographed by Botis Seva, premieres at DanceEast in Ipswich on 20 April. MADHEAD then tours to Plymouth, Newcastle, Essex, Brighton, Birmingham and for the first time since its inception, closes at Sadler’s Wells on 19 July. Continue reading National Youth Dance Company and Botis Seva