Let’s Dance

Departure point with Panta Rei

THE innovative and energetic Panta Rei Danseteater from Norway returns to Dorset with a new performance, Promise of Departure, coming to Pavilion Dance at Bournemouth on Thursday 26th April, Gillingham School on Friday 27th and Buckland Newton village hall on Saturday 28th. The company, which has proved popular with Dorset dance lovers on previous tours,…

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Dancing for Parkinson’s Awareness Week at Pavilion Dance

PAVILION Dance South West (PDSW) at Bournemouth is hosting the annual free  Parkinson Awareness Day on Friday 13th April from 11am to 5pm. People with Parkinson’s Disease are invited to enjoy the benefits of dance and arts related activities. There will be presentations by Parkinson’s Dance Science (PDS) model developer Dr Sophia Hulbert, Dorset’s lead neurological…

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Leviathan at The Beehive

THE versatile and exciting Cornish choreographer James Wilton brings his dance company to The Beehive at Honiton with a new work, Leviathan, on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm. With flying bodies, last minute catches and an energy that has to be seen to be believed, this powerful performance pushes the boundaries of what the body…

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Dragimals in gender-fluid dance

WHEN DeNada Dance Theatre comes to Bournemouth’s Pavilion Dance on 12th April, the audience can expect fairytales with a twist. TORO: Beauty and the Bull is the company’s new production by artistic director and choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra. The full length narrative work presents a gender-questioning, Hispanic take on Beauty and the Beast, set in…

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The charge of life, with Motionhouse

MOTIONHOUSE, the dance-circus troupe that is one of the Light­house favourites, returns to Poole on Tuesday 27th March with the new show, Charge. Inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Charge follows the electrical charge that sparks human life to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Six performers…

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Beauty sleeps at Plymouth

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet brings Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Sleeping Beauty to Plymouth Theatre Royal from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th March. One of the grandest ballets ever created, with a score by Tchaikov­sky and original choreography by Marius Petipa, the story is set in the opulent world of Imperial Russia. Its marvellous mixture…

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Lost in the story of creation

LOST Dog, a dance theatre company, brings an entertaining and inventive one man staging of Milton’s epic Paradise Lost to Martinstown on Saturday 24th March. If you struggled with Milton at school and can’t imagine how it can be entertaining, you are in for a surprise. Combining theatre, comedy and movement, this is a journey…

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Cinders in the Blitz

IF you missed Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella over Christmas on television, or if you’d like to see the show live,  it is coming to Bristol Hippodrome from 20th to 24th and The Mayflower in Southampton from 27th to 31st. One of New Adventures’ most pop­ular productions, it sets the familiar story of Cinderella in London during…

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Dance stories of displacement

DANCER and choreographer Aak­ash Odera comes to Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth on Thursday 15th March with his new show, Echoes and I Imagine. His inspirations have been both traditional Indian dance and stories of displacement. In Echoes and I Imagine audiences will see two differing sides to immigration as traditional danced is juxtaposed…

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Altman does dance

LEGENDARY film director Robert Altman creates a beautiful and memorable picture of the life of a ballet company in his 2003 film The Company, being screened by Pavilion Dance South West at Bournemouth Pavilion on Thursday 8th March. The film, which starts at 7.30pm, gives an up-close insight into the renowned Joffrey Ballet in Chicago,…

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