First production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The first major stage production of CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN, based on the best-selling novel by Louis de Bernières, will tour the UK in 2019, 25 years after the book was first published. CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN will be directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Melly Still, and adapted by Evening Standard Award winner and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Rona Munro. Casting is yet to be announced. Continue reading First production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Tony Adigun’s Fagin’s Twist

Following the critically-acclaimed 2016 premiere of Fagin’s Twist and last year’s tour, Avant Garde Dance and The Place are collaborating again to present the 2018 UK autumn tour. The story reveals a captivating performance and ambitious dance show, based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain with a mischievous twist. Continue reading Tony Adigun’s Fagin’s Twist

Company of Elders, NYDC and the V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrated the opening of its Photography Centre with playful new performance Dancing Memories, created and performed by Sadler’s Wells’ National Youth Dance Company alumni and Company of Elders. Staged over three dates in October and three in January-February 2019, each 40-minute participatory performance will encourage movement participation from its audience, inspired by its surroundings. Continue reading Company of Elders, NYDC and the V&A

English National Ballet’s classes for older people

English National Ballet recently launched Dancing East, a programme of east London-based ballet classes for older people. Ballet-based exercise encourages increased mobility, improves spatial awareness, posture and balance to reduce the risk of fall, and the music and creativity involved promote a sense of wellbeing and enjoyment. Continue reading English National Ballet’s classes for older people

Natalia Osipova – The Mother

This Christmas, the internationally acclaimed Royal Ballet Principal, Natalia Osipova, will lead the world premiere of The Mother, a new piece of dance based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Story of the Mother. The Mother is a compelling, instinctive tale about motherhood. With an original score by Frank Moon and Dave Price, this avant-garde production conjures a dangerous, kaleidoscopic world, combining narrative dance and drama.  Continue reading Natalia Osipova – The Mother

Class etiquette

Your dance teacher is there to help you learn and improve. They are dedicated to your growth as a dancer and an artist, and want the best for you. But being a dance teacher is a demanding job at times, and as a dance student it is important to remember your teacher is only human. They spend all day on their feet, aiming to always be an inspiring, motivational force. It is important to treat them how you would like to be treated, and thank them for the hard work that they do. Continue reading Class etiquette

Tom Dale’s I Infinite

Tom Dale graduated from Trinity Laban, winning the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. He danced with choreographers and companies including Mathew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, before focusing on creating his own work and forming Tom Dale Company. It is here that Tom pursues his artistic vision, bringing together artists to collaborate on exciting, innovative projects that interrogate art and have a particular synergy with the digital arts and electronic music. Continue reading Tom Dale’s I Infinite

Dance Umbrella and the choreographic process

Launching in the 40th year of the festival, ResCen: Dance Umbrella at 40 will be documenting the creative process of artists it has commissioned, as they develop and create new work. The programme kicks off by capturing many of this year’s events but will also chart how artists approach their choreography from the inception stage of their ideas, to the development of their vision through to a finished dance work programmed and performed at future festivals. Continue reading Dance Umbrella and the choreographic process