Mikhail Baryshnikov – special guest of National Ballet of Canada

Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov recently attended National Ballet of Canada’s MAD HOT BALLET: Northern Lights, this year’s annual fundraising gala for the company. Baryshnikov was a special guest of the company last month, celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Baryshnikov has always been hugely supportive of the company, and of close friend Karen Kain’s work, as Artistic Director of National Ballet of Canada. Continue reading Mikhail Baryshnikov – special guest of National Ballet of Canada

Boys take centre stage for Royal Academy of Dance

Boys have taken centre stage in the Royal Academy of Dance’s drive to attract more male dancers, recently launching Project B to increase the proportion of boys taking part in dance activities by 2020. Project B will include a range of initiatives to widen access to dance for boys and encourage more to take up ballet, firing up boys’ imaginations with new dance partnerships inspired by sports and superheroes. Male role models have been recruited for the initiative, including Principal Dancers Iain Mackay (Scottish Ballet) and Alexander Campbell (The Royal Ballet). Continue reading Boys take centre stage for Royal Academy of Dance

National Youth Dance Company summer activities

National Youth Dance Company, the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers, has been performing Tarantiseismic around the country this summer, a new creation by the company’s Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet. Tarantiseismic sees Jalet present a unique piece of theatre which addresses themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon, and the company’s 39 young dancers will tour to Plymouth, Newcastle, Leicester, Birmingham, Ipswich and Hull, as well as Latitude Festival.

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Elmhurst Ballet School’s summer show programme

Elmhurst Ballet School, the associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet, will perform Summer Variations as its summer show programme for 2017. The shows will take place at Elmhurst’s studio theatre in the school’s Birmingham home from 7-14 July. As part of the performance, David Bintley CBE, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, will choreograph his first work for the school, and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Explosions Polka will be performed for the first time in over thirty years.

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Dorrance Dance UK premiere

Groundbreaking tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance will bring her company, Dorrance Dance, to Sadler’s Wells in London this summer, with the UK Premiere of ETM: Double Down. Opening on 12 July, the piece brings tap into the age of electronic music with collaborator Nicholas Van Young and electronic tap boards. Every step sets off an element of sound, building musical loops and turning the stage into a musical instrument too.

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National Theatre’s British musicals

The National Theatre has launched an initiative in order to develop British musicals, in conjunction with comments from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber that British musical theatre – in comparison to Broadway – had lost its momentum. For the initiative, leading playwrights and composers have been brought together for a two-year project to address musicals in the UK and to initiate new work in the future. This will come as hugely good news for both theatre and musical theatre fans, in the hope of seeing new work developed and supported.

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Adelaide’s LWDance Hub

Adelaide’s centre for contemporary dance, LWDance Hub, has launched a new Open House Programme, under the direction of newly appointed Open House Producer Callan Fleming, an independent South Australian dance artist and choreographer. The dance scene down under is truly thriving, and the Open House Programme is an exciting new way for local dance artists to collaborate. Continue reading Adelaide’s LWDance Hub

Frantic Assembly down under

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s new play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton’s Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London’s Lyric Hammersmith. Continue reading Frantic Assembly down under

Dance Umbrella – revealed

Tickets for Dance Umbrella, London’s flagship festival of international dance, went on sale last week, with an exciting programme of dance and theatre scheduled for the autumn. Dance Umbrella will run from 11 – 28 October 2017, opening with Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl’s outdoor performance Origami on a 40ft shipping container at Battersea Power Station, as the UK premiere for the piece.

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