The UK’s first hip hop theatre in Plymouth

The local council in Plymouth is supporting a feasibility study for transforming the local Street Factory studio into a hip hop education centre for hard-to-reach young people. Local businesses and architects are also involved in the project, which will see a theatre, community cafe, recording studio, dance studio, and teaching space created in the ex-industrial building, the first of its kind in the UK. Continue reading The UK’s first hip hop theatre in Plymouth

New dance product tackling older inactivity

Inactivity among older people in deprived areas of the country is set to be tackled through a new £495k dance scheme that will help disguise physical activity as fun, tackling the issue with long term goals. The project therefore marks a change in strategy for its funder Sport England, which highlights how willing it is to consider how dance could tackle inactivity. Those within the sector appear to agree unanimously about the benefits of dance – particularly for older people – so part of this project is also extending that understanding to those external. Continue reading New dance product tackling older inactivity

Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to London for Christmas

For the first time, Birmingham Royal Ballet will brings its production of the Nutcracker to the Royal Albert Hall. The staging has been created especially for the Royal Albert Hall, with video and projection designed by 59 Productions (An American in Paris, War Horse), period costumes, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 70 world-class dancers and a full symphony orchestra. Nutcracker will be performed from 28 to 31 December. Continue reading Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to London for Christmas

University of Suffolk launches Dance degree with DanceEast

The first two-year practice-based dance degree in the UK has been launched by University of Suffolk and DanceEast. The degree will be hosted at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse which boasts some of the best dance facilities in the country, including purpose-built dance studios and a fully equipped 200-seat theatre, supported by a team of highly trained staff. Continue reading University of Suffolk launches Dance degree with DanceEast

Men in Motion

Ivan Putrov’s new edition of Men in Motion, an exploration of the changing role of the male dancer over the last century, is back this November at the London Coliseum (for two performances only, on 22 and 23 November). Men in Motion pays homage to the great dancers and choreographers of the past and showcases some of the most exciting and diverse artists at work today. This year’s cast includes Putrov, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson, Daniel Proietto and Irek Mukhamedov amongst others with new choreography. Continue reading Men in Motion

Rambert highlights the use of dance in medicine

Britain’s national dance company, Rambert, invites arts practitioners and healthcare professionals to a day of workshops, panel discussions and practical sessions, with opportunities to share and discuss experiences, learning and insight around dance in healthcare. The event marks the conclusion of a three-year programme run by Rambert and supported by City Bridge Trust, exploring the therapeutic and wellbeing benefits of dance in a variety of healthcare contexts, from regular dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s or dementia, to working with patients in hospitals and day centres. Continue reading Rambert highlights the use of dance in medicine

The Snowman returns

The Snowman has transported children into the wintery wonderland of a boy and his magical snowman for a record-breaking 20 consecutive years in London’s West End, at The Peacock theatre. With a mix of dancing and live music – including Walking in the Air – the pair embark on a starry-skied adventure to the North Pole, where they meet dancing penguins, reindeer, Father Christmas, an Ice Princess, and escape the clutches of Jack Frost. Continue reading The Snowman returns

Stomp to close after 15 years

The Olivier Award-winning and global phenomenon STOMP will end its 15 year run in London’s West End on 7 January 2018, following a box office record-breaking 10 year run at London’s Ambassadors Theatre. However, the creators of STOMP have stated that this is by no means the end of STOMP in London. They believe it will benefit the production to take a break, reconfigure, reinvent and return at some point in the future in a different London venue, presenting the show more in line with its original ethos. Continue reading Stomp to close after 15 years