The Rivoli Ballroom in Lewisham, London, is a step back into dance history. In amongst many other activities, it is the setting for the annual UK International Same-sex Ballroom and Latin Dance Competition. The event has taken place every year since 1998 to celebrate the anniversary of the Pink Jukebox social dance club in 1996 for LGBTQ people, and the competition and ball has taken place in the Rivoli Ballroom since 1999.
Arts Council England are set to invest £5 million in a new Birmingham Dance Hub. A total of £3 million will be invested over the next three years into the development of production and administrative space for dance artists and organisations – which will include office spaces, a large studio and meeting rooms which will connect to studio, performance and social spaces within the wider complex – with the remaining £2 million supporting additional dance activity.
Queensland Ballet recently joined 12 other international dance companies to showcase its Dance for Parkinson’s programme on a free online portal, created especially to celebrate the global World Dance for Parkinson’s Day on 29 April. Queensland Ballet’s home is the Thomas Dixon Centre down under in Brisbane, holding weekly Dance for Parkinson’s classes which are renowned as an important way for the company to connect with and enrich the local community and to actively contribute to research.
Southbank Centre has programmed a powerful international line-up for its summer performance and dance programme, with a host of UK premieres. The arts venue will welcome artists from across the Nordic region, as part of its 2017 exploration of Nordic culture, Nordic Matters.
Latitude Festival has announced the line up for its twelfth edition, which takes place from 13–16 July in the grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Latitude Festival welcomes some of the biggest names in dance and performance, celebrating BalletBoyz on the Waterfront Stage in addition to Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, BBC Young Dancer 2017 finalists and the National Youth Dance Company.
Choreographer Alexander Whitley is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, an associate of Rambert and an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary University London. In January 2017, Alex completed a month-long fellowship at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts.
A collaboration between One Dance UK (previously Dance UK) and People Dancing (previously Foundation for Community Dance) will aim to encourage primary schools to spend more money on high quality dance provision for their students. The national dance bodies aim to tackle inactivity through the partnership, working to improve health and well-being through dance.
Jose Agudo launched his company, Agudo Dance Company, with the world premiere of his new work Silk Road in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells in early May.
Showcasing male strength, beauty and diversity at its best is Ivan Putrov’s new Men in Motion programme at London Coliseum. Recently announced was the news of Irek Mukhamedov joining the proceedings, alongside dancers such as Matthew Ball, Daniel Proietto and Edward Watson, performing choreography from Fokine and Nijinsky to Maliphant and Pita.
The late choreographer Pina Bausch has had an almost constant presence on London stages so far throughout 2017. The 40th London International Mime Festival opened in January with Smashed: Special Edition, Gandini Juggling’s homage to Pina Bausch. In February Bausch’s company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, returned to Sadler’s Wells with her Masurca Fogo. In March, English National Ballet become the second company in the world to be granted permission to perform Pina Bausch’s extraordinary reading of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.